Budget Deal Breaks Logjam on U.S.-Mexico Drilling Pact

National Journal, 12/11/2013

energy -drilling_platform_in_seaThe new Capitol Hill budget plan clears the way for a U.S.-Mexico offshore drilling agreement to proceed, signaling the apparent end of a House-Senate impasse that has stalled implementation of the 2012 accord.

The agreement announced Tuesday evening between Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. has language tucked into it that approves the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement. The bilateral drilling accord is designed to enable cooperation and legal certainty in the development of oil-and-gas along a maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico.

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2013 Immigration Reform: Another Casualty Of Government Shutdown?

International Business Times, 10/10/2013

us congressAt the moment, it appears that a 2013 immigration reform bill has become another casualty of the government shutdown, now in its 10th day, and a debt limit that must be raised by Oct. 17. However, in order to keep the issue alive, advocates of reform are engaging in what they call campaigns of civil disobedience across the country.

The latest was a march on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, when eight lawmakers and more than 200 activists were arrested while protesting Congress’ inability to pass immigration reform. Supporters of the overhaul, like America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry, have called on pro-reform House Republicans who were present at the rally to turn rhetoric into action.

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Marchers urge Congress to pass immigration reform; several congressmen arrested

The Washington Post, 10/8/2013

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006Protesters converged on the Mall on Tuesday afternoon to call on Congress to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration and border control laws by year’s end.

At least 100 people were arrested, including several members of Congress, after demonstrators sat down in the street in front of the Capitol. Protesters had vowed to engage in civil disobedience, and their fellow marchers cheered as each person was led away in handcuffs by Capitol Police.

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Outside groups try to revive immigration reform

Politico, 9/18/2013

immigration marchNancy Pelosi is huddling with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, top labor leaders and former AOL exec Steve Case in separate meetings this week as supporters of immigration reform try to revive the issue, which fast seems to be dying on Capitol Hill.

Their goal: get legislation moving in the House again before the Thanksgiving recess.

Proponents concede that it’s a heavy lift, and that Republican lawmakers didn’t come out of the August recess ready to act. The Syria debate, and now the battle over whether to fund the government and hike the debt ceiling are the top priorities in the GOP-controlled House, whose rank-and-file are already skeptical of immigration reform. Putting immigration back on the front burner is going to be tough, especially right before the 2014 elections when Republicans won’t be eager to be seen as agreeing with President Barack Obama’s agenda. But immigration supporters aren’t going down without a fight.