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Sep 19, 2015

House OKs GOP bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds

WASHINGTON — A divided House voted Friday to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year, as Republican leaders tried to keep GOP outrage over abortion from spiraling into an impasse with President Barack Obama that could shut down the government. The House voted 241-187 for the legislation, with just three Republicans and two Democrats […]

Sep 12, 2015

House goes on record against Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House cast largely symbolic votes on Friday against the Iran nuclear deal and sought to restrict President Barack Obama’s authority to lift sanctions against Tehran, one day after the Senate ensured that the administration can implement the accord without congressional interference. After three hours of hot-tempered debate, the House voted 269 […]

Mar 6, 2014

House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer. Ten coal-state or Southern Democrats joined with Republicans to approve the bill, 229-183. Supporters said the measure was part […]

Jun 13, 2013

House gives FHA flexibility on reverse mortgages

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a bill giving the Federal Housing Administration the power to make quick fixes to its financially-troubled reverse mortgage program. The measure lets the agency make changes to the program using mortgage letters rather than its usual rulemaking process that can take months or even years. The FHA is struggling […]

Feb 14, 2013

Women’s security raised by American Indian leader

WASHINGTON — The president of the National Congress of American Indians says security is the top goal of tribal leaders and is urging the House to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Jefferson Keel’s appeal comes two days after the Senate passed the legislation that continues programs aimed at curbing domestic violence and sexual assaults. […]

Jan 2, 2013

Cuomo on House inaction on Sandy aid: A disgrace

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the House of Representatives’ failure to vote on an aid package for damage from Superstorm Sandy is a disgrace, a dereliction of duty and an unprecedented failure. The Democrat said Wednesday he’s been told to expect the vote within a month. The Republican leadership of the House had assured […]

Aug 15, 2012

House members’ VIP loans excluded from subpoena

WASHINGTON — A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show. The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by […]

May 2, 2012

Brooks announces campaign team

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks on Wednesday announced the team who will join her campaign to represent Monroe County in the House of Representatives.  “I am honored to have a talented and experienced team join my campaign to show our country how much it stands to learn from our county,” she said in a release. […]

Mar 15, 2012

New York is first stop for Farm Bill hearings

New York farmers are the first to weigh in on the next federal Farm Bill. They met last week with members of the House Committee on Agriculture during a field hearing in Saranac Lake, which was attended by farmers from all over the state. “New York is a fitting place to kick off these hearings […]

Feb 8, 2012

House approves line-item veto for president

WASHINGTON — House Republicans put aside their usual antipathy toward President Barack Obama on Wednesday to give the president, and his successors, the line-item veto, a constitutionally questionable power over the purse that long has been sought by presidents of both parties. A minority of Democrats joined in casting a 254-173 vote in favor of […]

Jan 24, 2012

House extends aviation programs

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a temporary extension of Federal Aviation Administration programs, avoiding a shutdown of the agency as lawmakers work out their last remaining differences on a long-term plan. A bill to extend FAA programs through Feb. 17 was approved by a voice vote — the 23rd such extension since 2007. The […]

Dec 20, 2011

House, Senate at odds over payroll tax cut

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate barreled toward a collision Monday over some of the chief ingredients of President Barack Obama’s recipe for reviving the economy, with tax increases and jobless benefit cuts awaiting millions of Americans on New Year’s Day if the dispute is not resolved. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he won’t […]

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