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  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Senate gave solid approval on Wednesday to a relief plan to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt, sending the measure to President Obama for his signing into law just ahead of a possible default by the U.S. territory on its next debt payment. "This bill is not perfect, but it is a critical first step toward economic recovery and...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Senate gave solid approval on Wednesday to a relief plan to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt, sending the measure to President Obama for his signing into law just ahead of a possible default by the U.S. territory on its next debt payment. "This bill is not perfect, but it is a critical first step toward economic recovery and...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- A relief plan to help the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt moved closer to passage in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, clearing a critical procedural hurdle by winning a supermajority of votes. Supporters want to send it to President Barack Obama to sign into law by July 1, when Puerto Rico faces a potential default on a chunk...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- A relief plan to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt cleared a critical hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, getting the super majority it needed to advance to debate and a final vote this week. Congress will try to send it to President Barack Obama to sign into law by July 1, when Puerto Rico faces a potential default on a chunk of its...

  • WASHINGTON, June 28- The Obama administration and U.S. Senate Republican leaders scrambled on Tuesday to garner enough support to get a Puerto Rico debt relief bill through a critical procedural vote set for Wednesday which several lawmakers predicted would be close. After months of waiting for Congress to act as Puerto Rico's economic crisis progressively...

  • WASHINGTON, June 28- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that he will support a bill to address Puerto Rico's financial crisis when it comes up for an important procedural vote on Wednesday, but he could not say how many other Democrats are for the legislation.

  • SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HARRY REID SAYS WILL SUPPORT PUERTO RICO LEGISLATION FACING PROCEDURAL VOTE ON WEDNESDAY BUT DOES NOT KNOW HOW MANY OTHER DEMOCRATS WILL DO SO.

  • WASHINGTON, June 22- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate agreed on Wednesday to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, a House Republican lawmaker said, shortchanging President Barack Obama's funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it. "This plan from congressional Republicans is four months late and nearly...

  • NEW YORK, June 21- Puerto Rico disclosed on Tuesday that negotiations with creditors ended without an agreement to restructure some of the island's $70 billion debt load. In a statement on Tuesday night, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla urged the U.S. Congress to take action on legislation to resolve the credit crisis, while chiding the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that amendments were necessary to a Puerto Rico debt bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said would be voted on by next week. The House of Representatives passed a Puerto Rico debt relief bill on June 9, following months of internal debate. Supporters hope the Senate passes...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Tuesday said amendments were necessary to a Puerto Rico debt bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said would be voted on by next week.

  • Democratic Senator Chris Murphy ended a blockade of the Senate after nearly 15 hours on Thursday, saying Republicans agreed to hold votes on measures to expand background checks and prevent people on U.S. terrorism watch lists from buying guns. Democrats stalled Senate proceedings on Wednesday in a bid to push for tougher gun control legislation following...

  • 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...