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Rachel Roubein

Rachel Roubein Rachel Roubein is a Staff Correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously covered health and human services at Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, where she won awards for her Affordable Care Act coverage and state government, health and investigative reporting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in journalism and minors in Spanish and international development and conflict management. She hails from the South/Midwest.
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How Hard Will Senate GOP Fight on Immigration?

January 14, 2015 Senate Republicans are willing to use a vital spending bill to fight President Obama on immigration. But not as hard as their House colleagues would like. The House will vote Wednesday to stop funding for Obama's executive action deferring deportations for 5 million undocumented immigrants as part of a measure ...

House Republicans Make an Aggressive Opening Bet on Immigration

January 12, 2015 House Republicans will make their first bet in a long-term political gamble this week, taking aggressive and broad swipes against President Obama's immigration policy in the face of dubious Senate support and a seemingly insurmountable veto threat. Assuaging the conservative wing of their conference, House Republicans will vote to dismantle ...

Republicans to Battle Obama on Immigration

January 9, 2015 House Republicans are close to launching a strike against President Obama's immigration executive action, a move that could set up a veto fight between a GOP Congress and the Democratic White House, and raise the specter of a Department of Homeland Security shutdown. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said the ...

Four Key Workplace Laws That Don't Apply to Congress

January 8, 2015 If you just started a job on Capitol Hill as one of the legislative branch's thousands of employees, you have workplace rights. Some, anyway. Congress doesn't always like to apply the same laws to itself that the rest of the country must follow. When it comes to employee rights, the ...

What a Homeland Security Shutdown Would Look Like

January 6, 2015 After President Obama's executive order deferring deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, Republicans crafted a counterattack, one they hoped would eventually force Obama to the bargaining table: a spending package that would fund the Homeland Security Department through only Feb. 27. Now Republicans are back. They're ready for action on ...

What a Homeland Security Shutdown Would Look Like

January 6, 2015 After President Obama's executive order deferring deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, Republicans crafted a counterattack, one they hoped would eventually force Obama to the bargaining table: a spending package that would fund the Homeland Security Department through only Feb. 27. Now Republicans are back. They're ready for action on ...

How Hopes for an Immigration Deal Fell Apart

January 2, 2015 The list was just one page long. But at the end of January, that page held the key to a House Republican plan for step-by-step immigration reform. House Speaker John Boehner circulated the draft list of GOP standards at an annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., taking the temperature of his ...

The 113th Congress Ends its Session Quietly

December 17, 2014 The 113th Congress finished in fittingly mixed fashion Tuesday night, with the Senate approving a host of Obama administration nominees and a compromise tax-extender bill but unable to renew a federal terrorism insurance program that's set to expire. The night marked the end of a historically unproductive and largely dysfunctional ...

Senate Approves Massive Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all day, the Senate voted Saturday night to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September and tee up a February confrontation with President Obama over immigration. The chamber voted 56-40 to ...

Senators Strike Deal to Vote on Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all through Saturday, Senate leaders have come to an agreement to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill later Saturday evening that would fund the government through September. The deal cuts short a long day and what had ...