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  • 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...

  • *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...

  • Fast-track trade bill faces key test in U.S. Congress Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 12- The Pacific trade agreement faces its first test in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in a knife-edge vote that may hold the key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia. The Senate vote is one of a likely series of congressional hurdles to be overcome that will hinge on the support of a handful of Democrats. The White House has launched a...

  • WASHINGTON, May 11- The U.S. Congress will face a crush of major bills in the next two weeks on Pacific Rim trade, domestic surveillance, funding the military and transportation, as well as on congressional oversight of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Before breaking for Memorial Day on or around May 22, the Senate and House of Representatives will try to deal with:.

  • Senate aides said the deadline could force supporters and opponents of the bulk data collection program to work out a deal before May ends. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader, and Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, defended the data collection shortly after a federal appeals court three-judge panel in New...

  • Senate aides said the deadline could force supporters and opponents of the bulk data collection program to work out a deal before May ends. The measure is expected to pass the House with strong bipartisan support, which bill supporters maintain would increase pressure on McConnell to allow a Senate vote. It is unclear whether it will get the 60 votes needed to...

  • McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said that as soon as the Senate finishes work on budget and Iran legislation, he will attempt to bring up a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. "Of course we've heard of an attempt to stand in the way of an effort to pass this bipartisan legislation," McConnell said of the trade bill on the Senate floor.

  • Senator Ron Wyden, the Senate Finance Committee's ranking Democrat, said on Tuesday it is important to move on fast track trade bill this season, along with other priorities. "There are three important things to do before this break," he told reporters, listing transportation, the USA Patriot Act and trade promotion authority. Senate Democratic leader Harry...