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  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on the wording of a bill aimed at giving the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a Pacific trade pact that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The Obama administration announced in late 2009 that it was entering TPP negotiations with Australia,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on a bill to give the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific nations that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The White House has faced pressure to make progress on the bill ahead of a meeting between Obama and...

  • Senator calls for Lumber Liquidators investigation Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 1:01 PM ET
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol March 17, 2015 in Washington.

    Senator Charles Schumer wants regulators to look into reports that some Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring is unsafe, NBC reports.

  • Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security possible Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

    House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down because of a budget impasse.

  • The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure. The Keystone bill allows Congress to approve TransCanada Corp's project to link Canada's oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate as a result of November's elections, flexed their muscles to deliver a message to Majority Leader...

  • Ted Christie, chief financial officer at low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines, said airlines had "very expensive systems and people thinking about how to maximise revenue, and they should do that regardless of the oil price." Politicians and consumer groups in the United States and Europe have called on airlines to cut fares. And on Jan. 7, as North Sea oil prices hit a...

  • Schumer: Investigate expensive airplane tickets Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:29 PM ET
    Sen. Charles Schumer

    Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal investigations of high airfares, questioning why they're not dropping along with fuel costs.

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday called on lawmakers to reauthorize a federal terrorism insurance program, saying they should not tie its approval to consideration of proposed changes to unrelated Wall Street reforms. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in July to extend the program, called the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. But negotiations with the...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday said lawmakers should not delay reauthorization of a federal terrorism insurance program over disagreements on "unrelated financial regulatory issues." Lew said in a letter to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who has been negotiating over the insurance program, that there is little time before it expires at the end...

  • Texas Ebola watch ends for 48 people in isolation Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    First responders wear full biohazard suits while responding to the report of a woman with Ebola-like symptoms at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit White Rock Station October 18, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

    The first wave of people who had contact with the original Dallas Ebola patient who died were taken off a watch list early Monday.

  • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 3:19 PM ET
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson prepares to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the White House perimeter breach at the Rayburn House Office Building on September 30, 2014 in Washington.

    High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged Pierson to resign.

  • Senator moves to ban some flame retardants Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 8:58 AM ET
    Sen. Chuck Schumer

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children's products.

  • Congress returns: For what? Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    Congress finally returns this week after its long recess and prepares to do what it does best: Absolutely nothing, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Live-culture wars: US, Russia wrangle over Chobani Friday, 7 Feb 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis hands out Chobani at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Countdown in New York's Times Square on Oct. 29, 2013.

    Plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering it taking place to get a huge Chobani shipment sent to Sochi for Team USA.

  • Push is on to get ‘kill switch’ into smartphones Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Everyone wants a smartphone, especially muggers. Law enforcement officials are pressuring the industry to require "kill switch" technology.

  • DC in 2014: Maybe not quite so bad? Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:57 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    Surprise! Washington could be slightly less dysfunctional next year. Keep an eye on the debt ceiling, tax reform and mid-term elections. POLITICO's Ben White reports.

  • Boehner: Debt ceiling increase in return for talks Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks with members of the House Republican leadership during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following a meeting of the House Republican conference October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Speaker Boehner said that the GOP would offer a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in return for discussions with Obama on the budget and deficit.

  • Sen. Schumer: Solve the Shutdown problem now   Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 10:38 AM ET
    Sen. Schumer: Solve the Shutdown problem now

    Sen. Chuck Schumer warns that if the market thinks these games are going to become routine, another downgrade is possible.