The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $10.9 billion extension of U.S. transportation funding through May 2015, to avert cutbacks in August.» Read More
WASHINGTON, May 12- The Senate Banking Committee plans to vote on a U.S. housing finance reform bill on Thursday in what could be the last effort this year to move forward with legislation to wind down mortgage firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Tim Johnson, the Democrat who chairs the committee, and the panel's top Republican, Sen.
WASHINGTON, May 7- Democratic U.S. In a speech on the Senate floor, Landrieu, who represents the oil-producing state of Louisiana where public support for Keystone runs high, urged Republican leaders to reverse themselves and accept a deal offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
WASHINGTON, May 7- Republican Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday said he will prevent Senate votes on five international tax treaties, including one with Switzerland, arguing that they would intrude on the privacy of American citizens, but business groups condemned his move.
*Increasingly unlikely Senate will vote on Keystone oil pipeline. The Senate voted 79-20 to move toward a debate on the energy bill, making it the first big energy legislation to reach the Senate floor since 2007..
WASHINGTON, May 6- The Senate Banking Committee will vote on a bill to revamp the U.S. housing finance system next week, a Senate aide said on Tuesday.
*Unclear if Senate will vote on Keystone. The Senate voted 79 to 20 to advance the legislation, the first big energy bill to reach the Senate floor since 2007..
Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, said he has 55 co-sponsors for a bill that would take the power to approve the TransCanada Corp's pipeline out of the hands of the State Department and put it in the hands of Congress.
WASHINGTON, April 30- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked one of President Barack Obama's top legislative priorities, a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in five years.
WASHINGTON, April 29- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an abrupt election-year shift in strategy, opened the possibility on Tuesday of allowing a vote on congressional approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
WASHINGTON, April 29- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday left open the possibility of voting on legislation forcing the approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline that would link Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas. The Senate is expected to debate the efficiency bill this week.
*Bill could clear panel, but full Senate vote unlikely. *Bill would shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. WASHINGTON, April 29- The already dim prospects for a bill to wind down taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew darker on Tuesday, as a U.S. Senate committee postponed a vote on the legislation.
*Bill could clear panel, but full Senate vote unlikely. *Bill would shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. WASHINGTON, April 29- The already dim prospects for a bill to wind down taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew darker on Tuesday, as a U.S. Senate committee adjourned a meeting on the bill without holding any votes.
WASHINGTON, April 29- The Senate Banking Committee will open debate on a bill to wind down taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Tuesday, but does not plan any votes as the panel's leaders scramble for broader support.
WASHINGTON, April 24- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee appears likely to back a bill to wind down government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to sources familiar with talks on the legislation.
A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.
WASHINGTON, April 9- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that Democrats said would give women a "fair shot" at obtaining equal pay to men for comparable work. Forty-two Republicans and one independent, Angus King of Maine, voted against the bill.
Supreme Court ruling that struck down the overall cap on federal election contributions is sending ripples across American politics, as states have begun backing away from their own restrictions on donations and lawyers are forecasting a new wave of challenges to campaign finance laws nationwide.
March 25- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday he had agreed to drop reforms to the International Monetary Fund from a Ukraine aid bill to increase its chances of getting through Congress. Reid cited stiff opposition to the IMF reform provisions in the Republican-led House of Representatives.
MOSCOW, March 20- Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine U.S. officials and lawmakers on Thursday as tension over Moscow's annexation of Crimea mounted, warning the West it would hit back over "every hostile thrust."
*Moscow says U.S. will be "hit like a boomerang". WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, March 20- U.S. The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into Putin's inner circle came as Moscow rushed to consolidate the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, seized from Ukraine last month, and to boost its military presence in the region.