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  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders paid lip service to the notion of bipartisanship in their first meeting of the year Tuesday, but neither side appeared to give ground on GOP priorities that have been met with a flurry of veto threats from the White House. The Keystone measure and immigration bill are among the five veto...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The Senate will start debate on Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as Republicans, who have made the project their first priority of the year, try to line up enough votes to overcome a potential veto by President Barack Obama. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, a co-sponsor of the bill to approve TransCanada Corp's pipeline,...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- A decision by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to set aside a terrorism insurance bill until 2015 has killed, for now, a provision requiring that one seat on the Federal Reserve's board be dedicated to a person with community banking experience. Congress moved a step closer last week to mandating a seat on the central bank's seven-person board be given...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate approves new surgeon general Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    The Senate will vote on Tuesday on another contentious nominee, Sarah Saldana. The Senate scheduled votes on Murthy, Saldana and three other nominees for Monday and Tuesday as part of Majority Leader Harry Reid's push to get nominations through the Senate before it goes home for the year. Last year, Democrats infuriated Republicans by changing Senate rules so...

  • U.S. Senate Democrats push votes on Obama's nominees Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 15- With the clock ticking down on their Senate majority, Democrats pushed on Monday to win approval for some of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations for government posts. The Senate will vote on Murthy, Saldana and three other nominees on Monday and Tuesday as part of Majority Leader Harry Reid's late push to get nominations through the...

  • Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. If the Senate concurs, that would mean taxpayers could claim the tax breaks for the 2014 tax year, but Congress would have to debate them all over again in 2015.. "We are confident that...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. On Saturday, a similar situation looked to be unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz...

  • Washington's current spending authority expires at midnight Saturday, but probably will be extended until midnight Wednesday to give the Senate more time to finish a $1.1 trillion measure that President Barack Obama is awaiting. Senate leaders, unable to pass the huge budget bill quickly, might be forced to hold a procedural vote on Sunday at 1 a.m. eastern...

  • Washington's current spending authority expires at midnight Saturday, but probably will be extended until midnight Wednesday to give the Senate more time to finish a $1.1 trillion measure that President Barack Obama is awaiting. Senate leaders, unable to pass the huge budget bill quickly, might be forced to hold a procedural vote on Sunday at 1 a.m. eastern...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators resolved policy disputes to reach a deal for a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday but still expected to need a stop-gap extension to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Thursday. The snags added some drama to a spending bill that appeared to be cruising toward passage, despite demands from...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators raced on Tuesday to wrap up final policy disputes over a $1.1 trillion spending bill as a midnight Thursday deadline to avert a U.S. government shutdown drew closer. House of Representatives Republicans were prepared to pass a short-term funding extension of one to two days if necessary to forestall a shutdown, as...

  • UPDATE 3-Obama says his immigration plan is lawful Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 PM ET

    With 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, Obama's plan would let some 4.4 million who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents remain in the United States temporarily, without the threat of deportation. It will apply to those who have been in the United States for at last five years. An additional 270,000 people would be...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • U.S. top trade official optimistic on fast-track power Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday he still hopes for bipartisan support in Congress on granting the White House the authority to fast track trade deals but added the timing was up to lawmakers. Congress has yet to consider a Trade Promotion Authority bill, introduced in January, that would prevent lawmakers from amending trade deals in...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 11- The U.S. Senate may hold a vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada when it returns from recess, largely to boost support for Democrat Mary Landrieu's run-off election to retain her Louisiana seat. The $8 billion pipeline project would deliver heavy Canadian oil sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska and make it easier to...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate has brightened prospects for an effort to fight frivolous patent litigation, although the path to success is far from clear, sources close to the lobbying effort said on Wednesday. That legislation, backed by technology companies like Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc, stalled in the Senate amid...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years. The $8 billion project would deliver heavy Canadian oil sands...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years. The $8 billion project, which would deliver heavy Canadian oil...