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Boehner: House Republicans want to tackle debt drivers as part of deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans are aiming for deficit-reduction steps as part of any deal to raise the nation's debt limit but have not decided on a strategy yet, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday. Boehner also said House Republicans need to tackle jobs and the overall economy as part of any deal to raise the debt ceiling.

House all but lost in 2014, Democrats circle Senate wagons

With Republicans expected to retain control of the US House in 2014, strategists warn Democrats must scramble to preserve their Senate majority -- or risk a miserable finale to Barack Obama's presidency. An incumbent American president's party historically fairs poorly at the ballot box in the middle of his second term, and there is increasing recognition that Obama's Democrats may suffer such a fate in November.

Republicans outline a path to legalize immigrants

Republican lawmakers endorsed in principle the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants on Thursday, but stopped short of backing a pathway to citizenship. The majority party in the House of Representatives did, however, specify that it backs opportunities for young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents to become US citizens. Most experts agree the Republicans' low level of support among voters of recent immigrant stock cost their candidates badly in recent elections, and the party is under pressure to reach out.

House GOP leaders on immigration: Get right with law, citizenship for 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders' standards for any immigration overhaul call for providing a chance for citizenship to children brought to the country illegally. The principles also say the country's national and economic security depends on requiring people who are living and working here illegally to come forward and get right with the law.

Top US Republican: 'Time to deal with' immigration

US House Speaker John Boehner gathered his congressional Republicans Thursday to debate the party's future, saying the time had come for his party to help pass immigration reform. Secluded at a bayside hotel on Maryland's Eastern Shore for a three-day closed-door retreat, the House of Representatives' majority party was thrashing out policy principles, guidelines for the 2014 mid-term election campaign, and ways to find common ground with President Barack Obama.

Top US Republican: 'Time to deal with' immigration

US House Speaker John Boehner gathered his congressional Republicans Thursday to debate the party's future, saying the time had come for his party to help pass immigration reform. Secluded at a bayside hotel on Maryland's Eastern Shore for a three-day closed-door retreat, the House of Representatives' majority party was thrashing out policy principles, guidelines for the 2014 mid-term election campaign, and ways to find common ground with President Barack Obama.

Farm bill deal would cut food stamps by roughly 1 per cent, continue subsidies for farmers

WASHINGTON - Farm-state lawmakers are lobbying colleagues member by member, vote by vote as they push for House passage of a massive, five year farm bill that would make cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for farmers.

U.S. Republican leaders to outline immigration framework - Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republican leaders will outline their principles for immigration reform at a party meeting this week, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday. Immigration reform advocates, who saw their hopes dashed in 2013 for major legislation, have been waiting for the House Republican leadership to take such a step. Boehner did not give any details of the principles, nor did he promise specific legislative action in the near term.

U.S. farm bill agreement could come within days: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed as soon as Monday, followed by final approval likely within days, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Citing senior House of Representatives aides, the Post said that in the event of a deal on Monday, Republican leaders would bring it up for a House vote, with the measure seen passing with bipartisan support. The Democrat-controlled Senate would likely give its approval before a recess in mid-February, the newspaper said.

Pelosi confidante Miller says not seeking re-election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. representative George Miller, a liberal Democrat and close political ally of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, will step down at the end of his term this year after nearly four decades in Congress, his office announced on Monday. Miller, a Californian, has been in the House of Representatives since 1975, when a large number of Democrats swept into office after the Watergate scandal.
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