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  • 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...

  • Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— As House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi delivered the signature achievement of President Barack Obama's first term: his health care bill. Democratic lawmakers point out that there's little political upside for Democrats to grant Obama "fast track" authority to negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or reject but not amend. Yet despite their...

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • *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...

  • 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...