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Coming up with $1 trillion in extra dollars is a heavy lift for the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers could barely find the roughly $11 billion needed for a 10-month Highway Trust Fund extension that runs through May 2015.

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Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio), announced this week he is putting a lawsuit together to challenge President Obama's executive orders on immigration, concurrent with the House contemplating legislation that would construct hundreds of miles of new roads and fence, while many on Capitol Hill say that no one knows for sure exactly how safe the border is.

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Eight bipartisan U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would repeal restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba, with a House bill expected to be introduced next week.

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Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote again to fully repeal Obamacare, but the bill will also instruct the relevant committees in the House to begin work on a replacement plan.

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The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline with a 62-36 vote. Nine Democratic Senators joined every Republican in supporting the bill that would yank the decision on the $8 billion pipeline from the president, who plans to veto the measure.

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The Obama administration has proposed designating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness – an attempt at placing the area under the highest level of federal protection and prohibiting oil and gas drilling.

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The Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money by the end of May and the U.S. Congress is no closer to agreement on how to finance infrastructure spending than they were last summer when they passed a short-term extension.

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 As the new Congress begins its work, HAI is pleased to learn that Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), a pilot and passionate advocate for general aviation, will once again co-chair the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus. He will be joined by co-chair Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas). With 222 members, the GA Caucus is the largest caucus in the House.

 

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Jan. 14 that would revoke President Obama's executive actions shielding undocumented immigrants from deportations — the GOP's opening salvo in the fight over funding the Department of Homeland Security beyond February 27 when current funding expires.

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The U.S. Senate's vote this week to start the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline bill has opened the legislative floodgates for the new Republican Congress, with members on both sides of the aisle set to unleash a torrent of politically sensitive energy amendments on issues such as crude-oil exports and climate change.

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