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GOP Leader: House to Vote on Debt Limit Increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government could get about three more months of borrowing authority, beyond a deadline that is expected to hit as early as mid-February.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House will vote next week to let the government borrow more money to meet its obligations.
The legislation wouldn't require immediate spending cuts, despite earlier promises by House Speaker John Boehner and others. Instead, it's aimed at forcing the Democratic-controlled Senate to join the House in debating the federal budget. It seeks to do so by linking pay for members of Congress to the passing of budget measures through the House and Senate.
The idea is running into opposition from Democrats who say it's a gimmick because it would set up another potential confrontation in just a few months. Votes from Democrats may be necessary to pass it, if Republican conservatives who oppose any increase in the debt limit withhold their support.
The White House says it's "encouraged" by the apparent willingness to extend the debt limit.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also welcomed the development -- but his office is indicating that Senate Democrats won't accept it because of the measure on congressional pay.
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Posted: Friday, January 18 2013, 03:22 PM CST
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Mourners remember girl, 9, killed in Okla. tornado
May 23, 2013 15:40 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Friends and family are attending funeral services for a 9-year-old girl killed by Monday's tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb.
Thursday's funeral for Antonia Candelaria was the first since the storm that killed 24 people. Ten of the victims were children.
Relatives and friends huddling under umbrellas amid a downpour hurried into a chapel where mournful country songs played. The front of the chapel was filled with photos of a smiling Antonia.
Candelaria was one of seven children who perished when the tornado flattened an elementary school in the city of Moore.
A family photo released by her mother shows the girl beaming with a big smile and wearing a white sun hat.
Authorities say the tornado caused $2 billion in damage and destroyed or damaged up to 13,000 homes.
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Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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