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A Look At President Obama’s Gun Control Measures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Proposals for curbing gun violence announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama: NEEDS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION: — Requiring background checks on all gun sales. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says 40 percent of gun sales are conducted with no criminal backgro…
Obama Proposes Sweeping Reform On Gun Laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress to expand background checks on gun buyers to include private sales and is using his executive authority to increase the information available in data banks in the background check system. The White House calls background checks the m…
Congress To Vote On Superstorm Sandy Flood Aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $9.7 billion measure to pay flood insurance claims is set for a vote in Congress, boosting prospects for relief for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. If the House, as expected, approves the flood insurance proposal on Friday, the Senate pla…
New Congress Sworn In Today; National News Briefs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Out with the old, in with the new. A new 113th Congress will be sworn in today at noon with pomp, pageantry and politics. There are 12 newly elected senators — eight Democrats, three Republicans and one independent. The speaker of the Republican-controlled House also …
Despite Deal, Taxes To Rise For Most Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax package negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans and passed by Congress will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase. But that doesn’t mean that most of them won’t see their taxes rise. In fact, the vast majority o…
Lummis Moving To Natural Resources Committee
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says she willingly gave up a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee because she wanted to return to the Natural Resources Committee. Lummis tells the Associated Press that she thinks Natural Resources has greater relevance for …
Wyo. May Keep Nat. Guard Medical Unit, For Now
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming would get to keep an Air National Guard medical unit under the latest military budget proposal being considered by Congress. In March, the Pentagon proposed cutting the Guard’s 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as part of an overall plan to cut 5,500 p…
Federal Cuts Irk Gov. Matt Mead
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says he’s upset with last week’s vote in Congress cutting federal Abandoned Mine Land payments to the state. Both houses of Congress voted last week to limit all states to $15 million a year of AML funding. That represents a major hit to Wyom…
Panetta Criticizes Congress’ Budget Moves
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is criticizing the first round of changes that lawmakers have made in President Barack Obama’s proposed military budget. Testifying Wednesday in the Senate, Panetta said the versions of the defense budget that have emerged from the House…

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