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  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Victorious Republicans appeared at odds on Wednesday over how to capitalize on their new control of the U.S. Congress. The strongly diverging views were an early indicator of the task ahead for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and likely new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to find a way of reconciling moderates and...

  • Sen. McConnell: Senate needs to be fixed  Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), discusses how he plans to make progress for the country and fix the Congress. McConnell says the first thing he needs to do is get the Senate back to normal.

  • This Kansas independent could tip Senate control Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 10:13 AM ET
    Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman

    Kansas independent Senate challenger Greg Orman's complaints of inaction by Congress may sway conservatives to send him to Washington.

  • *Republicans plan to force a vote if they win Senate. The $10 billion Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U.S. refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- Republican leaders in the House of Representatives on Tuesday proposed extending the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter through June 30 next year, a Republican aide said on Tuesday, granting a temporary reprieve for the export lender.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- Republican leaders in the House of Representatives will propose extending the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter through June 30 next year, a Republican aide said on Tuesday, granting a temporary reprieve for the export lender.

  • Saved! House extends highway trust fund by $10.9B Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:48 AM ET
    Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

    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.

  • How a powerful congressional committee lost its way Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 1:17 PM ET
    Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., arrives for the debate of Republican candidates for Georgia's open Senate seat at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown, Ga., in April 2014.

    The House Appropriations Committee, responsible for how to spend a trillion dollars, lost its clout. Can the midterms help it return to power?

  • Housing reform imminent? Don't hold your breath Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va.

    The current housing finance system is likely to be with us until after the 2014 midterm elections and probably well beyond.

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    Sant Chatwal and Bill Clinton in London, September 26, 2006.

    A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

  • Fannie, Freddie: Shareholders status left to courts Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    The bill, written by Democrat Tim Johnson and Republican Mike Crapo, would replace the companies with a new industry-financed agency.

    A bill to wind down mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • Raising the debt limit a breeze? Don't bet on it Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    Partisanship is as bad as it gets, meaning raising the $17 trillion borrowing limit may be tougher than expected, POLITICO's Ben White says.

  • Showdown set on unemployment bill in Senate Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 6:42 AM ET
    Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (right) and Harry Reid

    With bad weather preventing senators from traveling to Washington, a showdown vote on the unemployment bill was postponed until Tuesday.

  • The most thorny issues on Congress to-do list Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    Here's what's lawmakers are expected to focus on as they return to Capitol Hill.

  • DC in 2014: Maybe not quite so bad? Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:57 PM ET

    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.

  • Santelli Exchange: Market logistics  Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and explains how logistics move the market.