Congress

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.

Cruz formally launched his presidential campaign on Monday, and his wife, Heidi Cruz, began an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a managing director in the Houston office of Goldman Sachs. That meant the family would soon lose access to health insurance through Mrs. Cruz’s job, triggering a need for the Cruz family to find a new policy.

Joaquín Castro at DNC
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After a punishing mid-term election Congressional Democrats are taking stock of what is and isn't possible this year.

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro joined us in-studio to address the issues he felt passionately about and to describe the demeanor of the new Congress.

With a legislative branch increasingly vocal and active in the realm of foreign policy, the Congress Castro described is decidedly feisty.

In A Bind, Republicans Offer Vote On Homeland Security Bill

Feb 24, 2015
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WASHINGTON  — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.

“We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party struggled to escape a political predicament of their own making involving an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities.

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While comprehensive immigration reform continues to go fallow, millions already in the country and even more outside the U.S. hope to become citizens. 

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps.

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