GOP agenda for Congress: Challenge Obama, prove they can govern

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GOP agenda for Congress: Challenge Obama, prove they can govern

Big threat for Obama’s climate efforts from GOP-run Congress. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), like many a new leader before him, is pledging to restore ‘regular order,’ in which legislation travels through the committee process and members get to shape and debate it rather than having it dictated by leadership or negotiated behind closed doors. Top items on their agenda include: —Energy: The Senate’s first bill would approve construction of ...

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GOP Congress to confront Obama early on energy, health care

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GOP Congress to confront Obama early on energy, health care

Five things to watch as US Houses of Congress convene under Republican control. The new Republican Senate majority is not the only change the 114th Congress will see when it convenes Tuesday. The new Republican-led Congress convenes Tuesday with GOP leaders eager to get President Barack Obama’s signature on some bills and to confront him with others. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), like many a new leader before him, is pledging to restore ‘regular order,’ in which legislation travels through the committee process and members get to shape and debate it rather than having it dictated by leadership or negotiated behind closed doors.The ...

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GOP Congress to confront Obama early on energy, health care

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GOP Congress to confront Obama early on energy, health care

Cantor to Congress, Obama: Put differences…. The new Republican-led Congress convenes Tuesday with GOP leaders eager to get President Barack Obama’s signature on some bills and to confront him with others. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans his biggest goal was to shed a “scary” Republican image in an interview with the Washington Post. (VIDEO: Mitch McConnell ‘Almost Certainly’ Endorsing Rand Paul In 2016) “I don’t want the American people to think that if they add a Republican president to a Republican Congress, that’s going to be a scary outcome,” McConnell said in the interview, which took place before Christmas, but was released ...

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America Is Getting More Non-Religious, But Congress Is Not

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America Is Getting More Non-Religious, But Congress Is Not

7 ways religious affiliation will (and won’t) change in the new Congress. Congress changed a fair amount after the recent elections, with Republicans taking over the Senate and a slew of retirements from both parties. Members of Congress who’ll get sworn in Tuesday are overwhelmingly Christian, with a greater percentage of Protestants and Catholics than in the United States. Despite deep divides in political ideology, lawmakers in the 114th Congress share other important beliefs with their colleagues in the previous Congress. About 92% of members in the now- GOP controlled House and Senate identify as Christian, according to a new Pew Research Center study, only a small bump from the ...

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Five Things GOP Congress Expected to Tackle in New Year

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Five Things GOP Congress Expected to Tackle in New Year

Five Things GOP Congress Expected to Tackle in New Year. WASHINGTON (AP) — The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. The Wall Street Journal reported the other day that the Republican-led Congress plans to quickly take up “legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline,” which President Obama is likely to reject.President Barack Obama plans to travel around the U.S. as the newly Republican-controlled Congress arrives in Washington, promoting his policies from easing immigration rules to boosting the economy through spending ...

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A Reversal of Fortunes for the GOP As The New Congress Begins

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A Reversal of Fortunes for the GOP As The New Congress Begins

Five Things GOP Congress Expected to Tackle in New Year. President Barack Obama plans to travel around the U.S. as the newly Republican-controlled Congress arrives in Washington, promoting his policies from easing immigration rules to boosting the economy through spending on infrastructure. New Republican majorities poised to take control of Capitol Hill this week have a to-do list that will challenge the White House during President Obama’s final two years in office.WASHINGTON (AP) — The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate.Washington- Republicans ...

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GOP Senate leaders say they are willing to work with Obama in new Congress …

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GOP Senate leaders say they are willing to work with Obama in new Congress …

A New Congress Readies for Old Fights With a Twist. — The Senate Agenda: When the Senate returns Tuesday, incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans a major debate on national energy policy, from the Keystone XL pipeline to opening additional lands to oil exploration and exports of liquid natural gas. Lawmakers return on Washington as Republicans are ready to roll-out their new agenda – Meet the 58 newbies – Congress already facing a series of cliffs THEY’RE BACK.Senate Republicans on Sunday, just hours from taking control of the chamber, suggested a willingness to work with President Obama on job growth and other key issues but also said he must meet them halfway. “There are ...

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