April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to overhaul immigration laws and provide a path to legal status for an estimated 11 million people who overstayed their visas or illegally entered the United States, Senate aides said. The far-reaching legislative package would tighten border security, increase visas for foreign workers and toughen penalties against American employers who hire undocumented workers. Immigrants without legal status who have not committed a serious crime and meet other criteria would be able to obtain work permits and eventually apply to become permanent residents and U.S. citizens.
March 20, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who were hit Thursday with sanctions by Russia celebrated their standing as a badge of honor, pledging to continue pressing for Ukraine from their spot on President Vladimir Putin's enemies list. "I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off," quipped Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who just returned from leading a group of lawmakers to Ukraine with Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). House Speaker John A. Boehner's spokesman said the Ohio Republican was "proud to be included on the list of those willing to stand against Putin's aggression.
April 5, 2012 |
Last week, the Senate voted on a proposal by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez to end some of the billions of dollars in handouts enjoyed by the fossil-fuel industry. The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act was a curiously skimpy bill that targeted only oil companies, and just the five richest of them at that. Left out were coal and natural gas. Even so, the proposal didn't pass. But that hasn't stopped President Obama from calling for an end to oil subsidies at every stop on his early presidential-campaign-plus-fundraising blitz.
March 12, 2014 |
POMONA, N.J. - His state wrecked and reeling from Superstorm Sandy, Chris Christie made himself the face of New Jersey's comeback effort with a take-charge tour de force that became a cornerstone of an expected run for president. But the made-for-campaign-ads story of resurrection is now riddled with failures: poor performance by contractors, accusations of insider deals and increasing frustration from homeowners still waiting for recovery funds. In the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Christie and top members of his administration also face questions about whether he and his aides used disaster relief funds to reward friends and punish enemies.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Illegal immigrants may have to wait about a decade before receiving a green card under an immigration bill being crafted by a group of senators from both parties. The details are still being negotiated, but “the process is likely to be in the range of 10 years,” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) during a meeting on Capitol Hill with Spanish-language reporters and others. Under the plan - the outlines of which were unveiled last week - illegal immigrants could be given probationary legal status but would have to wait until border security milestones and other requirements were met before they would be granted legal permanent residency - a green card.
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Iraq's embattled government will be allowed to buy and lease Apache attack helicopters to help fight a renewed insurgency after a U.S. lawmaker lifted his long-running objections to the deal, the Pentagon said Monday. The agreement allows Iraq to lease as many as six Apaches this year and purchase another two dozen for delivery over the next three years, officials said. Iraq's military hopes to use the aircraft against militants from the Al Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who have overrun parts of Iraq's Anbar province, including the capital, Ramadi, and the city of Fallouja.
September 1, 2012 |
Washington Bureau AKRON, Ohio - In the year since her husband was deported to Mexico for working in America without legal status, Leonor Ferreyra has struggled as a single mother. At 3 a.m., she rises to feed her infant son, who suffers ear infections. At 6 a.m., she reports to work in a window factory. At night, she often fills out paperwork to try to stall her own expulsion to Mexico, which a judge ordered last year and then agreed to delay. Ferreyra came to America illegally 18 years ago with an uncle after her mother disappeared and her father died.
July 31, 2012 |
Democrats might have selected the keynote speaker at their convention to rally Latino voters, but the pick also illuminated the fact that as far as young Latino politicians go, the party doesn't have a very deep bench. The Democratic National Convention Committee selected San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, 37 -- whose twin brother, Joaquin, will almost certainly be elected to Congress from Texas in November -- as its keynote speaker in Charlotte, N.C. Though San Antonio has a population of 1.3 million, Castro is still a local officeholder.
March 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House approved up to $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine on Thursday, backing President Obama's request to help the new government. The aid package sailed through the House on a robust bipartisan vote of 385-23, even as Republicans in Congress have voiced criticism of Obama's foreign policy leadership. The measure won support from many fiscal conservatives who typically resist such spending bills because the funding will come from a State Department loan program that has already been allocated.
June 14, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 16 - 22, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Zero Hour This conspiracy-theory drama, canceled a few months back, returns with some previously unaired episodes; Anthony Edwards stars. 8 and 9 p.m. ABC SPECIALS AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks The comedian and director who brought you "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" is feted at this event hosted by filmmaker Martin Scorsese.