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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- U.S. lawmakers should work with the Department of Energy to restructure a project to convert excess U.S. weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors instead of abandoning it, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said. Richardson told Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in an Aug. 21 letter that switching to a...

  • LAS VEGAS— President Barack Obama brought presidential star power to tout the benefits of solar electricity in Western states during an annual green power conference Monday in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Obama headlined an event that Reid has nurtured as Democratic leader of the Senate to seek support for new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making...

  • LAS VEGAS— President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo. "That's not the American way," Obama said in a speech at a green energy conference in Las Vegas. He singled out billionaire...

  • "We saw strange things in the data," said Chris Barnes, a former swaps trader now with ClarusFT, a London- based data firm. The missing transactions reflected an effort by some of the largest U.S. banks- including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley- to get around new regulations on derivatives enacted in the wake of the financial...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 5- The U.S. Senate will not vote on a cyber security bill until September, after lawmakers return from a four-week recess and consider the nuclear agreement with Iran, the chamber's leaders said on Wednesday. Congress has until Sept. 17 to vote on a resolution to reject the nuclear agreement announced on July 14 between the United States, five other...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious bipartisan Senate bill containing three years of funding for America's highways, bridges and rail systems but quickly ran into a roadblock that could force Congress to settle for shorter term fix. It is expected to dominate Senate deliberations into next week as Republicans and Democrats...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. lawmakers announced a bipartisan Senate transportation bill on Tuesday that would provide three years of funding for America's highways, bridges and rail systems, creating the possibility of the first multi-year highway bill in more than decade. The legislation is expected to dominate Senate deliberations over the next several...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. lawmakers announced a bipartisan Senate transportation bill on Tuesday that they said would provide three years of funding for America's highways, bridges and rail systems. The legislation, the first multi-year highway bill in a decade, is expected to dominate Senate deliberations over the next several days as lawmakers work against...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Democrats were prepared to quickly come up with a legislative solution should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in the next few days to invalidate a central part of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, party leaders in the Senate said on Tuesday. "The Supreme Court, I'm hopeful and confident, will rule the right way.

  • Cyber security measure blocked in U.S. Senate Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 11- The U.S. Senate failed on Thursday to advance legislation to strengthen protections against cyber attacks, as Democrats banded together to oppose the measure's inclusion in a defense policy bill President Barack Obama has threatened to veto. It was the third time in three years that the Senate has failed to advance bipartisan cyber...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly rejected a push by some lawmakers to include rules to punish currency manipulators, a...

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass fast-track trade bill Friday Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that Republicans who control the Senate are likely to take steps to limit debate on a "fast-track" trade bill, moving it closer to a vote this week.

  • *White House calls setback "snafu," vows to continue battle. Failure to clinch a U.S.-led TPP agreement could also damage Washington's leadership image in Asia, where China is forging ahead with a new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank without the participation of the United States and Japan. The Senate voted 52-45- short of the 60 votes needed- to...

  • Despite losing control of the Senate in November's elections, Democrats showed they can and will block legislation that they dislike as effectively as Republicans did for years, ending a brief, recent run of bipartisan achievements. "The simple fact is that to pass the Senate, bills must have strong Democratic support," Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in a...

  • Despite losing control of the Senate in November's elections, Democrats showed they can and will block legislation that they dislike as effectively as Republicans did for years, ending a brief, recent run of bipartisan achievements. "The simple fact is that to pass the Senate, bills must have strong Democratic support," Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in a...

  • *White House calls setback "snafu," vows to continue battle. "What we just saw here is pretty shocking," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, after the Senate voted 52-45- short of the 60 votes needed- against paving the way for debate on "fast-track" trade authority for Obama. The vote marked a victory for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, an...

  • President Barack Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress failed a crucial procedural test on Tuesday, delaying a measure that may be key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia. In a setback to the White House trade agenda, the Senate voted 52-45- eight votes short of the necessary 60- to clear the way for debate on the legislation, which...

  • Trade bill fails procedural vote in Senate Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:11 PM ET
    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

    The Pacific trade agreement failed its first test in the U.S. Senate after a key Democrat said he would vote against a procedural vote.

  • *Fast-track legislation faces procedural hurdle in Senate. WASHINGTON, May 12- A first attempt at removing a procedural hurdle on a Pacific trade agreement appeared likely to fail on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate after a leading pro-trade Democrat said he would oppose a bill to grant President Barack Obama the power to negotiate trade deals. The Senate vote was one...