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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

Congress Tables Convention Cash, Offers to Kids’ Health Instead

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The Senate took a brief time out from partisan sniping to abolish public financing of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic National Conventions and authorize spending the savings for pediatric medical research. Senate Republican Leader Mitch...

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

Trumka: Minimum Wage Will Pass — or Republicans Will `Pay a Price’

For all the resistance to raising the federal minimum wage in Washington, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, predicts Congress will pass it. If not, the labor leader said today, Republicans will “pay a price for it at the polls.”...

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Ivan Russkih, center, and Alexander "Sasha" Shekhter, right, help to hold up the Ukraine flag as people turned out for a vigil outside the White House for the victims of the uprising in Ukraine on February 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Ivan Russkih, center, and Alexander "Sasha" Shekhter, right, help to hold up the Ukraine flag as people turned out for a vigil outside the White House for the victims of the uprising in Ukraine on February 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 94%

More than 94 percent of House members present yesterday backed $1 billion in loan guarantees to aid Ukraine. The House voted 385-23 for a bill, H.R. 4152, which would “let the government guarantee private-sector loans to Ukraine” and would “allow...

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Government Printing Office staff members arrange copies of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2014.

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Government Printing Office staff members arrange copies of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $56 Billion

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 includes $56 billion for what the White House calls an “Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.” The added spending, part of a $3.9 trillion budget request the Obama administration released yesterday, would...

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 "Warthog" from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing takes off for a mission into Iraq.

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 "Warthog" from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing takes off for a mission into Iraq.

Defense Cuts Face Political Bases: Warthog, Spy-Plane Defenders

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has presented Congress with some unpalatable political decisions in the midst of an election year. His budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 would create some clear political losers. Among them: congressional...

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, right, and Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, walk towards the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 12, 2014.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, right, and Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, walk towards the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 12, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 13

The U.S. debt limit will be suspended for about 13 months under a measure President Barack Obama expects to sign into law. The Senate cleared the debt-limit suspension bill on a “55-43 party-line vote” yesterday that “will allow the U.S....

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Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., in his office on Capitol Hill in this Feb. 16, 2007 file photo.

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Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., in his office on Capitol Hill in this Feb. 16, 2007 file photo.

Miller Retirement Opens Republican Seat to Democrats

California Republican Gary Miller won’t seek a ninth term, he said today. Miller, 65, said he’ll leave the House at the end of the 113th Congress to help raise his three grandchildren. “While family circumstances dictate that I must leave...

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Samantha Guzman, an Affordable Care Act navigator with the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department, center, assists Jackie Karns as she shops for health insurance at the Bureau County Health Department offices in Princeton, Illinois, on Dec. 18, 2013.

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Samantha Guzman, an Affordable Care Act navigator with the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department, center, assists Jackie Karns as she shops for health insurance at the Bureau County Health Department offices in Princeton, Illinois, on Dec. 18, 2013.

Daschle: Obamacare Assault a Shifting 2014 Factor

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, says he is concerned that the Republican focus on criticizing the president’s health care law could hurt Democratic efforts to retain the majority in his former chamber this year....

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chuck Hagel, U.S. secretary of defense, left, as Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, center left, applauds ahead of Obama's the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chuck Hagel, U.S. secretary of defense, left, as Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, center left, applauds ahead of Obama's the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2014.

Obama Wines House Democrats, Digs in on Trade

Written with Laura Curtis President Barack Obama was “adamant” in his push for Congress to speed approval of trade deals during a meeting yesterday with House Democrats, Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Maine Democrat, said. Fast-track authority was “brought up quite...

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