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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) moved on Saturday toward a vote on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be the next U.S. surgeon general.

President Barack Obama's nominee for the job was stymied earlier this year by opposition from the National Rifle Association. The influential group attacked his past remarks that gun violence was a public health issue, mobilizing its members against him.

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After six and a half hours of delay and uncertainty, House Republican leaders announced a vote Thursday on a spending bill that faces fierce opposition on the left and right and threw Congress into chaos.

The vote comes just three hours before the government is poised to shut down if Congress doesn't pass a bill that President Barack Obama signs by midnight.

Many expect the spending bill to fail, with conservative Republicans angry that it permits Obama's immigration actions, and progressive Democrats furious about provisions that weaken rules on banks and loosen campaign.

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Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) are pushing to scuttle the GOP leadership's spending bill in favor of a stopgap proposal that includes a symbolic vote against President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions.

As House Republicans scrambled to secure the votes for a spending bill, the two conservative lawmakers told reporters on Thursday afternoon they have floated a plan to Republican leaders that they believe would unite the GOP caucus.

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