September 20, 2013 |
Wedged into the blotter on Mike Farah's desk at the Funny or Die studios in Hollywood is an index card with a list - wrangling talent, polishing scripts and arranging shoots - long enough to keep the comedy website executive fully occupied. But these tasks are part of a different quest: the campaign to ensure the success of President Obama's healthcare law. While the GOP-led House passed a spending bill Friday that would strip federal funding for the Affordable Care Act and force a confrontation with the Senate that could shut down the government, Farah and his team were developing as many as 20 projects involving the healthcare law. The first will go live on Sept.
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House voted 400-20 Wednesday to hit Iran with the toughest sanctions yet over its nuclear program, in a forceful rejection of arguments that Congress should refrain from new penalties pending international negotiations with the new Iranian government. The lawmakers adopted a bill that would basically block Iran from selling any oil abroad, after a year in which its exports have already been cut in half by international sanctions. Lawmakers said they wanted to send Tehran a strong signal before the negotiations, and didn't believe statements by Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, that he wants a better relationship with the West.
July 17, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House was set to again hold votes to curtail President Obama's healthcare law, saying the administration's decision to delay a key provision showed the plan was unworkable. Two months after voting to repeal the president's signature legislative achievement, the House considered a pair of bills Wednesday aimed at the law's mandate that all Americans have health insurance. The first would codify the administration's move to postpone enforcement of penalties on large employers that don't offer coverage; the second would extend that same delay to individuals.
July 10, 2013 |
A restrictive abortion bill is heading to the floor of the Texas Senate after the state's House of Representatives approved the legislation Wednesday on a 96-49 vote. The Republican-dominated House voted mostly along party lines, a day after more than 10 hours of debate. Lawmakers rejected all proposed amendments to the bill. House Bill 2 would ban abortion 20 weeks or longer after conception, require doctors performing the procedure to have hospital-admitting privileges within 30 miles, require abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and regulate abortion-inducing drugs, among other restrictions.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The partisan divide over immigration was exposed Thursday as House Republicans voted to stop funding the Obama administration program that has halted deportation of young immigrants who are in high school or college or have served in the military. The party-line vote in the Republican-led House comes as a bipartisan immigration overhaul is moving forward in the Senate. A vote to proceed to debate on the bill is set for next week. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
April 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- On this year's 50th anniversary of a deadly church bombing that helped spur passage of landmark civil rights legislation, the House voted Wednesday to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to four black girls killed in the explosion at a Birmingham, Ala., church. Once the Senate and President Obama give their expected approval, the nation's highest civilian honor would be awarded to Denise McNair, 11, and Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins and Carole Robertson, all 14. They were killed by Ku Klux Klan members who set off dynamite in the Sept.
March 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - All but ensuring there will be no federal shutdown, the Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to keep the government running - but not before tweaking the automatic budget cuts that threaten some of the lawmakers' favorite programs. Meat plant inspectors and tuition assistance for military service members were among the programs spared from reductions. The bill, which passed on a 73-26 vote, returns to the House for final approval as soon as Thursday. The legislation is needed to avert a shutdown when a stopgap funding measure expires March 27, a prospect both parties want to avoid.
February 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders failed to rally support for their version of the Violence Against Women Act, so they decided to bring two versions of the legislation to a vote Thursday: the House bill and a Senate-passed measure favored by President Obama. Earlier Wednesday, when Republicans tried to substitute their own bill for the Senate's, some of their most conservative members balked over the costs and what they called federal overreach in the legislation. Moderates preferred the expanded protections of the Senate bill.
February 12, 2013
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been acclaimed not just by critics but by historians as well for its acute and realistic portrayal of the 16th president as he maneuvered to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. But the filmmakers got at least one detail wrong: They depicted two Connecticut delegates to the House of Representatives voting against the amendment when, in fact, all four of Connecticut's House members voted for it in 1865. Now, one of the state's current representatives, Joe Courtney, a Democrat, has written to Spielberg asking if the movie could be corrected before it's released on DVD. In a statement, screenwriter Tony Kushner admitted that he deliberately strayed from fact when he put "nay" votes in the mouths of the two Connecticut congressmen - but only to emphasize the dramatic closeness of the vote.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Northeast lawmakers, including a Republican, blasted the House GOP leadership Wednesday for delaying action on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy measure they say is critical to the recovery of their states. President Obama called on the House to take an immediate vote on the aid, saying in a statement that "our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. " The House GOP leadership offered no explanation for putting off a vote on the recovery bill.