Five reasons immigration reform isn't close to the finish line
July 11th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Five reasons immigration reform isn't close to the finish line

Washington (CNN) - Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on a 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans joining the Democratic majority to send the measure drafted by a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" to the GOP-controlled House.

President Barack Obama pushed for the House to quickly take up the measure that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living illegally in the country while bolstering security along the Mexican border.

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Filed under: Congress • Democratic Party • GOP • Immigration • Senate
Congress tries to beat new shutdown deadline
March 18th, 2013
08:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Congress tries to beat new shutdown deadline

Washington (CNN) – Members of Congress will try this week to lock in a spending plan while softening the blow of sweeping, forced cuts - a goal that must be reached in coming days to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The measure, called a continuing resolution, authorizes government funding for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. Current spending authorization expires March 27.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress
GOP spotlight turns to Mississippi, Alabama
March 8th, 2012
01:32 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP spotlight turns to Mississippi, Alabama

(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates turned their focus to the heart of Dixie Thursday, scheduling a series of events in the strongly conservative states of Mississippi and Alabama.

The two states are holding their presidential primaries next Tuesday, along with caucuses to be held in Hawaii and American Samoa. Voters in Kansas and the Virgin Islands weigh in on Saturday.

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Filed under: Alabama • Mississippi • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Santorum and Gingrich target Obama
February 20th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum and Gingrich target Obama

(CNN) - Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich ratcheted up their attacks against President Barack Obama on Monday as they competed for conservative votes ahead of primaries and caucuses in the Republican presidential race.

Campaigning in the perennial swing state of Ohio, Santorum said the president's "radical environmentalist policies" are helping push gas prices to near record highs and are threatening to derail the economic recovery.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Obama unveils plan to control college costs
January 27th, 2012
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama unveils plan to control college costs

(CNN) - College affordability took center stage Friday for President Barack Obama as he made the final stop on a three-day road trip highlighting themes from the State of the Union address this week.

In an appearance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the president outlined a series of new initiatives designed to control spiraling college costs and reform financial aid programs.

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Filed under: Education • Michigan • President Obama
Obama signs payroll tax cut extension
December 23rd, 2011
01:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama signs payroll tax cut extension

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, ending what had been a heated political stalemate and sealing a hard-fought win for Democrats on an issue - taxes - that has historically favored the GOP.

Earlier in the day, the measure cleared the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives by unanimous consent, a procedural move allowing the measure to pass even though most members of Congress were already home home for the holidays.

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Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner • Senate • Taxes
House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal
December 22nd, 2011
06:30 PM ET
3 years ago

House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal

Washington (CNN) - Speaker John Boehner on Thursday accepted a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, succumbing to mounting pressure from the White House, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans to reverse his House leadership's opposition to the Senate-passed proposal.

President Barack Obama immediately congratulated congressional leaders on the deal, while Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell - who increased the pressure on Boehner earlier in the day with a call for such an agreement - said it was a "sigh of relief" for American taxpayers.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Taxes
Frank discusses coming out as gay, going out as congressman
November 29th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Frank discusses coming out as gay, going out as congressman

Washington (CNN) - Barney Frank wasn't the first member of Congress to publicly reveal he was gay, but he was the first to do so voluntarily, he told reporters Tuesday in talking about his decision to retire.

Still, Frank said, he didn't come out about his sexuality until he was 47.

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Filed under: 2012 • Barney Frank • Gay rights • House of Representatives
'Magical week' for super committee?
Co-chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), talks with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), during a Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on November 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.
November 15th, 2011
03:38 PM ET
3 years ago

'Magical week' for super committee?

Washington (CNN) - Eight days and counting.

With time running out, senior Democrats and Republicans remained unclear Tuesday about the prospects of success for the so-called congressional "super committee" - the 12-member panel charged with the seemingly Herculean task of finding at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission
Obama signs debt ceiling bill, ends crisis
August 2nd, 2011
02:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama signs debt ceiling bill, ends crisis

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed a last-minute compromise plan to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling Tuesday afternoon, narrowly averting what could have been an unprecedented default with calamitous economic consequences.

The U.S. Senate passed the plan, which imposes sweeping new spending cuts over the next decade, shortly after noon ET. The bill was approved in a 74-26 vote; 60 votes were required for passage.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama
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