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  • An abbreviated work period this month produced mixed results at best— Congress exited Washington without acting on funding the battle against the Zika virus, for starters— and a full plate awaits when lawmakers return next month from a weeklong Memorial Day recess for a six-week sprint to political convention season and the traditional August vacation.

  • WASHINGTON— Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. McDonald's statement came after a Republican senator called for his resignation and GOP lawmakers and veterans' service groups slammed his remarks as insulting and...

  • May 10- A U.S. Senate committee launched an inquiry on Tuesday into how social media website Facebook selects its news stories after a report that company employees blocked news about conservative issues from its "trending" list. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation asked Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and 10 other Senate Democrats on Wednesday called for significant changes to a Republican-crafted bill in the House of Representatives aimed at helping Puerto Rico overcome its debt crisis. "Senate Democrats are united in our belief that any legislation to solve this crisis must include an...

  • WASHINGTON, March 1- In a meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Republican leaders from the U.S. Senate said that they would not hold hearings to consider Obama's pick for a Supreme Court vacancy, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters. "They were willing to meet with the president. It looks like they could at least meet with the president's...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican and former federal judge, is being considered by President Barack Obama for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a source close to the process said on Wednesday, as Obama sought to overcome Senate Republican resistance to any nominee. The Republican-dominated Senate must confirm any high court...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Thursday he believes President Barack Obama will nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a little over three weeks.

  • DEMOCRATIC SENATE LEADER HARRY REID TELLS MSNBC THAT OBAMA TOLD HIM HE PLANS TO NOMINATE REPLACEMENT FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SCALIA "IN NEXT FEW WEEKS".

  • RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb 16- President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee to the Supreme Court and urged the Republican-led U.S. Senate to move forward on the nomination despite the rancor of Washington politics. "When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States is to nominate someone.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 16- The Republican head of the Senate panel that weighs U.S. Supreme Court nominations said on Tuesday he will wait until President Barack Obama names his pick to fill the vacancy left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death before deciding whether to hold confirmation hearings. Grassley has offered mixed messages since Scalia's...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on Sunday on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to fill the seat left by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some of the most divisive issues facing Americans.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on Sunday on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some of the most divisive issues facing Americans. "We ought to make the 2016 election...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace the jurist just months before a presidential election. FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL "The American people should have a voice in the selection...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama should nominate a new Supreme Court justice "right away" to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, U.S. "With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible," Reid said. "It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- A wide-ranging U.S. energy bill, the country's first major energy measure in more than eight years, was close to stalling in the Senate on Thursday as the chamber struggled to strike a deal to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both of Michigan, had proposed an amendment to...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 27- U.S. Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday called for congressional action on Puerto Rico, demanding that legislation to resolve the island's financial crisis include tools to restructure debt. Republican Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Grassley of Iowa last month...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 21- Democratic senators introduced emergency legislation for Puerto Rico to establish a short-term stay on creditor litigation to allow the debt-ridden island to restructure its debts, according to a press release from Senator Richard Blumenthal's office on Monday. Treasury has urged Congress to act quickly to address the island's debt...

  • Dec 16- Some casino and hotel companies including Caesars Entertainment Corp and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc are expected to get a reprieve from a proposal to curb real estate investment trusts, or REITs. An earlier version of the $650 billion tax break bill detailed Wednesday included provisions that would have potentially derailed major company deals...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Dec 15- Lawmakers are likely to scrap a revision to certain legal protections for bondholders from a spending bill that was under negotiation, a congressional aide said on Tuesday. The letter was signed by BlackRock Inc, DoubleLine Group LP, Oaktree Capital Management LP, Western Asset Management Company, T. Rowe Price Group and...