Posts by Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News

  • Weekend in politics: House expected to pass air traffic bill, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket11 mths ago

    The House on Friday is expected to pass a measure approved late Thursday by the Senate that would end air traffic controller furloughs that were causing widespread airline flight delays. The furloughs were triggered by last month's automatic federal spending cuts.

    [Senate passes bill to end air traffic control furloughs]

    The Senate unanimously passed the legislation, which gives the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.

    President Barack Obama on Friday meets with Jordan King Abdullah II at the White House, and topics are expected to include the crisis in Syria.

    Obama will deliver remarks at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Conference on Friday. He canceled a planned keynote address at the organization's gala dinner Thursday in order to spend more time with the injured and the family and friends of the 14 people killed in an April 17 West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion.

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  • Wednesday in politics: Senate expected to vote on background checks, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket1 yr ago

    The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal to expand gun sale background checks, and passage seems doubtful as opposition mounts.

    Besides background checks, Senators could vote on eight other amendments to a broad gun control measure.

    Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden will host a White House Google+ Hangout with Mayors Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Ind.), Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore), R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis) and Steve Scaffidi (Oak Creek, Wis.) to discuss steps to protect children and communities by reducing gun violence.

    Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York filed a comprehensive immigration reform bill early Wednesday morning that already is getting criticism from the right and the left. A press event to roll out the bill has been delayed until later in the week.

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  • Monday in politics: Senate focuses on gun control legislation, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket1 yr ago

    The Senate’s agenda this week will be dominated by legislation that would require background checks for people buying guns at gun shows and online.

    Background checks currently apply only to transactions handled by the country's 55,000 licensed gun dealers. Private transactions, such as a sale of a gun between family members, would still be exempt.

    [Background checks for gun buyers win more backing]

    The proposal, crafted by Sens. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., picked up the support of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sunday.

    A vote on the measure could come as early as Wednesday, and it will be close.

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday regarding the question of whether human genes can be patented.

    The nine justices’ decision could reshape the fight against diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer and the multibillion dollar medical and biotechnology business, the Associated Press reports.

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  • Thursday in politics: Senate expected to begin action on gun bill, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket1 yr ago

    The Senate is expected Thursday to defeat efforts by some conservative members to block debate on legislation that would expand background checks to more gun buyers, toughen penalties against illicit sales and provide more money for school security.

    The vote to proceed to debate comes a day after Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., unveiled a compromise to extend required federal background checks to gun shows and online transactions. Only noncommercial, personal transactions would be exempted.

    [Obama welcomes senators’ deal on background check in gun bill]

    Earlier in the day, Vice President Joe Biden will be on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to join a roundtable discussion on reducing gun violence.

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  • Wednesday in politics: Budget day, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket1 yr ago

    It’s budget day in Washington—the day President Barack Obama releases his proposal for the fiscal year 2014 federal budget.

    There will be briefings across town about what the blueprint would mean at various agencies and departments. Most Republicans, and some Democrats, meanwhile will find fault with the document on a number of fronts. But, as Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox points out, any president’s budget is mainly a political document, the president’s vision for the country and the economy, and is never actually passed in toto as the nation’s spending and revenue plan.

    [Obama budget dead on arrival — but may get second life]

    Obama’s budget is certain to come up Wednesday evening when he has dinner at the White House with 12 GOP senators. The occasion is part of a political outreach effort the president began last month.

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  • Tuesday in politics: Biden, Holder push gun violence proposals, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket1 yr ago

    Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver remarks Tuesday at the White House echoing President Barack Obama's call on Congress to pass measures they say would reduce gun violence. Biden and Holder will be joined by law enforcement officials from across the country.

    Meanwhile, up on Capitol Hill, the Senate is expected to resume consideration of legislation that would require background checks for every firearm sale and the prohibition of anyone listed in the national instant criminal background check system from buying a gun.

    [For Obama, gun control is more than just a feel-good gesture]

    Obama took the gun control campaign to Connecticut on Monday, and brought back 12 family members on Air Force One who were affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December. The relatives want to meet with senators who have yet to back gun violence legislation to encourage their support.

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  • Wednesday in politics: Obama arrives in Israel, and more

    Phil Pruitt, Yahoo! News at The Ticket1 yr ago

    President Barack Obama arrives in Israel on Wednesday for his first visit to the country as president.

    Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on all three days, hold separate talks in the occupied West Bank with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and make a speech to students.

    [Obama heads to Israel amid low expectations]

    Obama will try to coax the Palestinians and Israelis back to peace talks, Reuters reports, and he will seek to reassure Netanyahu he is committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.

    The Federal Reserve will release its latest policy statement, along with a new set of economic projections, on Wednesday. Despite signs that the U.S. economy is improving, the Fed is expected to continue its bond-buying stimulus program.

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