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  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace. Obama also announced a fall White House summit on worker rights.

  • The GOP's first months in control of both chambers of Congress were marked by high-profile stumbles and a near-shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Republicans in both the House and the Senate came together to pass boldly conservative and balanced budgets, and House leaders struck a bipartisan deal on Medicare that passed on a huge vote and is...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO, March 26- Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to fix a Medicare formula that threatens to slash payments to doctors every year. The so-called "doc fix" would replace the cuts with a multipronged approach that will be expensive and will have Medicare beneficiaries pay part of the bill. There are better places to go for the money, such as allowing...

  • WASHINGTON— In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure onto the Senate, where its prospects have brightened as Democrats have muffled their criticism...

  • GOP-controlled House passes budget to erase deficits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Tom Price, R- Ga., chairman of the House Budget...

  • Obama ready to sign bill revamping Medicare doctor fees Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's ready to sign "good, bipartisan" legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs for children and the poor as Senate Democrats seemed to soften their opposition to the package. The bill is a scarce Capitol Hill commodity: a bipartisan...

  • Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    Without a fix, doctors face a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees, the consequence of a 1990 s budget law that Congress has repeatedly waived. Obama backed the idea of a fix at a White House event marking this week's five-year anniversary of his signing the Affordable Care Act, while stopping short of backing the House compromise. "As we speak, Congress is working to fix...

  • WASHINGTON— New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents. "A lot of these doctors are talking about not performing the service," said Jesse Thomas of Mount Vernon, New York, a Medicare beneficiary retired from a career on Wall Street.

  • WASHINGTON— An extraordinary bipartisan accord between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is letting both parties exhale as they move toward permanently ending the nagging annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians. For Boehner, R- Ohio, the package announced Tuesday lets him claim a rare if modest bipartisan pact to strengthen...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff. The maneuver comes as Republicans in both...

  • WASHINGTON— The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's "much bigger than can possibly be explained by the economy," said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan...

  • CDC: 11M fewer uninsured since passage of Obama's law Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's "much bigger than can possibly be explained by the economy," said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan...

  • WASHINGTON— Language has been added to an emerging bipartisan deal on Medicare clarifying that the agreement's abortion restrictions on community health centers are temporary and won't be inscribed into permanent law, House Democrats said Monday. The Democrats said they believe the new provisions will ease concerns that have threatened Democratic...

  • WASHINGTON— A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups. The package is studded with provisions that draw many Democrats, including two more years of money for the...

  • WASHINGTON— House aides released an outline late Friday of an emerging bipartisan deal shielding physicians from Medicare cuts and pumping more funds to popular programs for children's health and community health centers. In the winner's category, the agreement would also help Tennessee hospitals serving large numbers of poor patients and makers of...

  • WASHINGTON— The House Judiciary Committee includes some of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics on immigration. The panel took an unusually lighthearted approach to immigration policy this week, posting a Buzzfeed-style listicle comprised of animated GIFs to illustrate the GOP's opposition to Obama's executive actions deferring deportations...

  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Republican defense hawks in the U.S. Congress moved on Thursday to boost military funding in their budget plans, setting up a clash with fiscal conservatives in their party as the spending blueprints head to crucial votes next week. The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee approved its plan with an amendment to add $38 billion...