WASHINGTON: SENATE APPROVES VIVEK MURTHY AS SURGEON GENERAL AMID GOP DISAPPROVAL ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.16 – The Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general of the United States over the objections of gun rights advocates.

Murthy, a 36-year old physician, was approved 51-43 as the nation’s top doctor despite opposition from the GOP for his support of gun control and ObamaCare.

Three Democrats voted against him.

The nomination had been held up for more than a year after conservative groups, led by the National Rifle Association, publicized tweets in which Murthy called guns a “public health issue.” He had previously declared support for policies such as background checks and ammunition limits and accused members of Congress of “playing politics” with guns because they were “scared of the NRA.”

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WASHINGTON: ‘PASS $1.1 TRILLION FUNDING BILL 56-40 IN US SENATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Dec.14 – A $1.1 trillion government funding bill has been passed by a 56-40 vote in the US Senate.

The bill would provide financing for most US government agencies through September 30, 2015.

The exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which only gets money through February 27.

The approval of the 1,603-page, long-term bill comes hours after the Senate voted for a short-term one, funding the government only through Wednesday night.

The $1.1 trillion spending bill now needs to be signed by President Barack Obama.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATE GOP STAFFERS HEALTHCARE MUST JOIN OBAMACARE ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.11 – Senate Republican staffers will be required to obtain health insurance through ObamaCare’s exchanges under a rule passed Wednesday by the GOP Conference.

The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) means that Senate Republicans will designate their staff as “official,” moving them automatically onto the marketplaces.

A loophole used in both chambers allows lawmakers to designate staff as “unofficial” or “official staff,” which permits them to keep their insurance coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ REID WARNS SENATE PASS BILLS OR CARRY ON WORKING AFTER RECESS ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to work the week before Christmas.

Both the House and Senate are scheduled to recess for the year by Dec. 12, but Reid said that if the Senate fails to pass bills funding the government, reauthorizing defence spending, extending tax deductions and clearing nominations he would hold a sessions during Dec. 15-19.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP PLANS ASSAULT ON OBAMA’S REGULATORY AGENDA ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn.

As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rule making efforts now under way is limited.

But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. 

By Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler @ The Hill 

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WASHINGTON: ‘ OBAMA TO POISED TO ANNOUNCE EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION ‘

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.20 – On immigration, President Obama has decided to take on Republicans poised to control the House and Senate in the next Congress.

In a prime-time address on Thursday, Obama will announce executive actions that could give legal status to millions of immigrants that are in the country illegally.

By Justin Sink @ The Hill

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‘ HOUSE PASSES CONTROVERSIAL KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE BILL TO BUILD STAGE ‘

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.14 – The House on Friday passed legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a showdown in the Senate next week.

Passage of the bill was hailed by its chief sponsor, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is facing a runoff against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Dec. 6 after neither won a majority in the general election.

The legislation was approved 252-161, with 31 Democrats joining Republicans in backing a construction permit for the controversial project, which would bring tar oil sands from Canada to refineries in the United States.

By Cristina Marcos @The Hill 

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