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  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide to Reid said on Monday he would try to delay the " Trade...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide to Reid confirmed he would try to delay the " Trade...

  • The Senate could vote on a Trade Promotion Authority bill to speed deals through Congress as early as next week, when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of Congress. Japan is a key partner in the 12- nation Trans Pacific Partnership, and supporters of a deal say that countries negotiating with Washington want to be sure that concessions...

  • Senators plan to push for tough rules to stop trading partners deliberately weakening their currencies when amendments are considered on Wednesday to a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the administration had consulted with Trans-Pacific Partnership members and such rules had no support...

  • Another top Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer, said there was strong bipartisan support for a measure to discourage China from currency manipulation that could be part of the "trade promotion authority" legislation that is being considered by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

  • Reid: Republican candidates 'all losers' Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Reid: Republican candidates 'all losers'

    CNBC's John Harwood speaks to Sen. Harry Reid about his boxing days and his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election.

  • Harry Reid on his 'ridiculous,' 'loser' colleagues Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 7:16 AM ET
    Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on March 17, 2015.

    As he winds down his career, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid sits down with CNBC's John Harwood to rip critics, talk of 2016 and his own plans.

  • Reid: Ban this sport before boxing Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Reid: 'I'd ban football before boxing'

    CNBC's John Harwood asks Harry Reid about his boxing days.

  • Harry Reid on GOP field: 'They're all losers' Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Reid: GOP candidates 'all losers'

    Sen. Harry Reid speaks candidly to CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood about everyone from Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

  • Reid: No technology exists 'to get me my sight back' Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Reid: No technology exists 'to get me my sight back'

    Sen. Harry Reid has his strength back, but still can't see out of his right eye as a result of his January exercising injury, he tells CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Reid: Obama executive orders 'should have started sooner' Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Reid: Obama executive orders 'should have started sooner'

    Sen. Harry Reid's support for President Obama stems from their similar philosophies and backgrounds, he tells CNBC's John Harwood.

  • President Barack Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a "good deal" as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose. "It's a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that...

  • Senator Robert Menendez said on Wednesday he will temporarily step aside as ranking member, or top Democrat, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the wake of his indictment on corruption charges. "I believe it is in the best interests of the committee, my colleagues, and the Senate, which is why I have chosen to do so," he said in a letter to Senate Democratic...

  • Harry Reid wants Senate deputies to 'just relax' Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 5:42 PM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., center, listens to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill with, from left, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in Washington, Feb. 24, 2015.

    Harry Reid wants his deputies to "just relax" in their dispute over leadership posts after his retirement, reports John Harwood.