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President and Republicans Deadlocked Over Tax Cuts

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Millions of Americans could see their taxes go up while others could soon lose their unemployment insurance because of political gridlock in Washington. The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday side-stepped a vote on a bill to temporarily extend a payroll tax cut, calling instead for a new round of negotiations on a full-year extension. Republican […]

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US Lawmakers Approve Government Funding

Posted December 17th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers have avoided a partial government shutdown by voting in favor of a bill to fund federal operations through September 2012. The Senate approved the roughly $1 trillion spending bill Saturday by a vote 67 to 32, one day after it passed the House of Representatives. A shutdown would have forced government departments to […]

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US Congress Nears Budget Deal to Avert Possible Shutdown

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives say they have reached agreement on funding the federal government that will avert a possible shutdown of most government operations. Early Friday afternoon, the House voted 296 to 121 in favor of a bill to fund the government until October 2012. Republican House Speaker John Boehner […]

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US Congress Nears Budget Deal to Avert Possible Shutdown

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives say they have reached an agreement on funding the federal government that will avert a possible shutdown of most government operations. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Friday morning that a bill to fund the government was put together in collaboration with lawmakers from both major […]

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Lawmakers Agree on $1 Trillion Deal to Avert Shutdown

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers say they have reached deal to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, just a day before parts of the government would have been forced to stop operating. Lawmakers announced the $1 trillion deal late Thursday to fund government operations for the rest of the 2012 fiscal year. But […]

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US Defense Bill Passes in Senate

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers have approved a $662 billion defense bill that contains a provision that President Barack Obama has opposed regarding the handling and detainment of terrorist suspects. The Senate Thursday voted 86-13 in favor of the bill, which now will go to President Obama to be signed into law. The House of Representatives passed the […]

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Obama: Congress Needs to Extend Payroll Tax Cut, Avert Shutdown

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the federal government should not shut down because Congress cannot agree on a tax issue. In Washington Thursday, the president pressed lawmakers to extend the payroll tax cut before they leave for their holiday break, saying otherwise 160 million working Americans will see their taxes increase on January 1. Federal […]

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US Lawmakers Hope to Avert Partial Government Shutdown

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers are expressing optimism a deal can be reached to avert a partial government shutdown, as federal funding expires after Friday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said lawmakers are working Thursday to resolve differences on a bill to keep the government running and a measure to extend the payroll tax cut. Senate Republican leader […]

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House Lawmakers Pass Defense Bill

Posted December 14th, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a $662-billion defense bill that contains a provision regarding the handling of certain terror suspects. By a margin of 283 to 136, lawmakers Wednesday approved the measure after the White House dropped a veto threat over the provision. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and then […]

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US Congress Moves Forward With Massive Defense Bill

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Congress is moving forward with a massive defense bill that contains a controversial provision on the military detention of certain terror suspects. Lawmakers say they made revisions to the detainee provision in an effort to avoid a threatened presidential veto. The $662 billion bill authorizes funding for the Defense Department and the national […]

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