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April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.
In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.
WASHINGTON— Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.
MONROE, La.— Embattled Louisiana Rep. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress, "Jindal said. There was milder pressure from Washington, where House Speaker John Boehner said after talking to McAllister, "He's got decisions that he has to make.
WASHINGTON— A House Committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. The official, Lois Lerner, previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.
They released their letter as the Senate voted 59-38 for the bill. The outlook remains cloudy, though, for legislation that took three months to move through the Senate. Jack Reed, D- R.I., and Dean Heller, R- Nev., the bill's leading supporters, said they were willing to consider changes in hopes of securing passage in a highly reluctant House.
"The Senate just took action on a bipartisan bill" to renew unemployment insurance Obama said in a Twitter message. Shortly after the Senate vote, seven House Republican wrote party leadership, asking that a House vote be held on the bill or on a similar measure.
WASHINGTON, April 7- On a 59-38 vote, the Democratic-led U.S. Senate passed a bill on Monday to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans, sending the bipartisan measure to a divided Republican-led House of Representatives for consideration. A week ago, the legislation seemed certain to die in the House amid opposition by top Republicans.
WASHINGTON, April 2- A rare burst of good news on President Barack Obama's healthcare program has given Democrats their first glimmer of hope in months on an issue that has helped drag the party down ahead of November's U.S. congressional elections.
WASHINGTON, April 2- House of Representatives Republican leaders on Wednesday predicted passage of a budget blueprint offered by Representative Paul Ryan, despite criticism from conservative Tea Party activists who said the plan would not eliminate federal deficits quickly enough.
WASHINGTON, April 2- General Motors Co came under withering attack for its decade-long failure to notify the public about defective parts linked to fatal crashes, as a U.S. Senate hearing opened on Wednesday with accusations that the company fostered "a culture of cover-up."
WASHINGTON, April 1- President Barack Obama's national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the last day of March, the White House said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law.
WASHINGTON, April 1- President Barack Obama's national healthcare program was on track to reach its goal of covering 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday, a victory for the White House after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout.
WASHINGTON, March 31- The federal website for U.S. consumers to enroll in private health insurance under Obamacare ran into problems twice on Monday because of a surge of people trying to access the site hours before a midnight deadline to sign up for coverage.
WASHINGTON, March 27- A White House- backed bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans cleared a Republican procedural hurdle on Thursday in the Democratic-led Senate. On a 65-34 vote, the bipartisan measure advanced toward anticipated Senate passage, yet it will likely die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON, March 27- The Obama administration on Thursday announced details of its plan to end the government's vast bulk collection of data about phone calls made in the United States, including new procedures to get judicial approval before asking companies for such records.
WASHINGTON, March 26- The White House on Wednesday defended extending some enrollments for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act past a March 31 deadline, saying doing so was comparable to allowing voters who are in line when polls close to cast their ballots.
WASHINGTON, March 21- The U.S. congressional investigation into General Motors Co automobile defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON, March 20- The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee will introduce a bill on Friday that provides aid to Ukraine but will not include reforms of the International Monetary Fund requested by the Obama administration and contained in the Senate version, congressional aides said on Thursday.
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."