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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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Appropriations Chair: Immigration Order Can't be Defunded Through Spending Bill

November 20, 2014 Republicans' options to rebut President Obama's expected executive order on immigration are narrowing, as leaders remain under pressure by some in their caucus to limit his ability to give work permits to undocumented immigrants. Speaker John Boehner and his team said they are considering all avenues to limit the scope ...

Obama Sets Out to Change 'Broken' Immigration System On His Own

November 20, 2014 Sidestepping Congress, Obama delivered the largest protection for undocumented immigrants the community has seen in nearly 30 years. He's fulfilling Democrats' and advocates' countless calls for a "big and bold" executive order, while assuring a bitter confrontation between Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and the executive branch. "All of us ...

The Capitol Dome Is Ready for Its Makeover

November 19, 2014 A Washington icon is currently in hiding, as the colossal Capitol Dome sits ensconced in a 1.1-million-pound network of metal poles and wooden planks. Clad in bright orange safety vests, workers walked up and down a staircase entrenched in the dome's scaffolding Tuesday, high above the spot where dozens of ...

Obama Reportedly Set to Act on Immigration

November 13, 2014 President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them temporary relief from deportation and work authorization. While administration officials told The New York Times the plan was not set in stone, it falls short of ...

Can Obama Split the Difference on Immigration?

November 12, 2014 Washington is eagerly watching President Obama, seeking signals on whether the president will take executive action on immigration reform. The Latino community and pro-immigrant activists, already disgruntled by deportations and a lack of legislative progress, are ready to pounce if he doesn't. The Republican Party is set to strike if ...

Back From Midterms, Congress To Take Up NDAA, VA Reform, Ebola and ISIS

November 10, 2014 Fiscal matters, foreign policy issues, and residual partisan haggling await lawmakers in the lame-duck session that starts this week, with the elephant in the room being that Republicans will shortly take over the Senate and full control of Congress. However, that new Congress elected on Nov. 4 doesn't officially take ...

As Lame-Duck Session Begins, Congress to Focus on Keeping Government Open

November 10, 2014 Fiscal matters, foreign policy issues, and residual partisan haggling await lawmakers in the lame-duck session that starts this week, with the elephant in the room being that Republicans will shortly take over the Senate and full control of Congress. However, that new Congress elected on Nov. 4 doesn't officially take ...

Far Fewer Unaccompanied Minors Are Now Crossing the U.S. Border

October 10, 2014 The rush of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border slowed in September to the lowest number of monthly apprehensions since January 2013, just two months after the crisis hijacked much of July's congressional session. In September, 2,424 unaccompanied minors crossed the border, which is 8,000 less than the surge in ...

Syria Measure Likely to Pass, Despite Doubts in Both Parties

September 16, 2014 The House is poised to hand President Obama authorization to openly arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, despite some bipartisan skepticism of the administration's strategy and a recognition that broader military action will likely be necessary. The vote will come Wednesday, and Congress will ...

The Administration Is Shifting $405M to Deal With the Border Crisis. Is It Enough?

August 6, 2014 Lawmakers came up empty-handed after weeks of dueling over just how much money should be spent at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, the Obama administration is coping with the fallout. The potential short-term solution comes in the form of a money transfer, as the Homeland Security Department is looking to reprogram ...