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Sep 9, 2015

House GOP divisions threaten plans on Iran deal

WASHINGTON — Divisions among House Republicans threw scheduled votes against the Iran nuclear accord into disarray Wednesday as other foes, including presidential contender Donald Trump, rallied outside the Capitol. Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the deal in a speech not far away. The drama unfolded on a day when the presidential campaign was colliding […]

Jan 26, 2015

House tea party faces resistance from GOP pragmatists

WASHINGTON — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House’s die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to “show we can govern” instead […]

Sep 12, 2014

House, Senate debate measures just to make points

WASHINGTON — On both ends of the Capitol, the parties controlling Congress are happily showcasing futility. Less than two months before pivotal congressional elections, Republicans muscled legislation through the House Thursday letting insurers continue selling health coverage that falls short of standards required by President Barack Obama’s health care law. The measure passed on a [&hell[...]

Sep 10, 2014

House pushes resolution condemning Obama for Bergdahl swap

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday pushed a resolution condemning President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote castigating Obama came at a crucial moment […]

May 23, 2014

House passes curbs on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed legislation to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Although the compromise measure was significantly “watered down,” in the words of Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, it passed by a vote […]

Feb 18, 2014

Gates supervisor gets GOP backing

The Monroe County Republican Committee has endorsed Gates Supervisor Mark Assini in his campaign for U.S. House of Representatives. Assini, a Republican, is running in the November general election against Rep. Louise Slaughter, R-Fairport, in the 25th Congressional District race. Assini, who served 10 years as a county legislator, was elected supervisor in 2009. Slaughter, […]

Nov 21, 2013

House set to OK bills to speed oil, gas drilling

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House is considering three energy bills aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas. One of the bills that are expected to win approval later Wednesday would restrict the Interior Department from enforcing proposed rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. A second would set strict […]

Nov 14, 2013

Boehner: No formal talks on immigration bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner says the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year. Boehner tells Capitol Hill reporters he wants to deal with the issue on a step-by-step approach. He declined to answer […]

Oct 16, 2013

On the edge: House shutdown plan fails; now Senate

WASHINGTON — Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed. Aides to both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, expressed revived optimism about chances for […]

May 23, 2013

House backs variable rate student loans

WASHINGTON — Dismissing a veto threat from President Barack Obama, lawmakers in the Republican-led House approved legislation that links student loan rates to the ups and downs of the financial markets. The Republican-backed bill would allow students to dodge a scheduled rate hike for students with new subsidized Stafford loans next month, but rates could […]

Mar 23, 2012

House passes malpractice reform bill

A measure that caps damages for a broad array of medical and other health-related injury cases and repeals a portion of the federal health care law passed the House last week on a vote divided largely along party lines. The measure, H.R. 5, originally dubbed the HEALTH (Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Health) Act […]

Dec 23, 2011

Bill to amend Dodd-Frank advances in House

A bill that would require employees to report suspected corporate wrongdoing internally before alerting the government has been advanced by the Capital Markets Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. The Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011, H.R. 2483, was advanced by the subcommittee on a strict party-line vote of 19-14. The measure would require whistleblowers […]

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