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  • WASHINGTON— After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and try to take back the White House next year.

  • WASHINGTON— Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also called on Congress to lift the economic and travel...

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- Seven conservative Republican senators demanded on Wednesday that the U.S. Export-Import Bank disclose plans to begin liquidating its assets after the government trade lender's charter expired amid congressional inaction. The Republican senators, including presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, said in a letter...

  • Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    Five Democratic and two Republican members of Congress watched as Obama affixed his name to the two bills. The trade bill gives Congress the right to approve or reject trade agreements, but not change or delay them. "I think it's fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy," Obama said.

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage, when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions by 90 percent. The rules, which took effect in April, will remain in place while the case goes back to a lower court for the EPA to decide how to account for costs, environmental advocates say. Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the EPA was...

  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- The U.S. Export-Import Bank faced an imminent shutdown of its new lending and insurance activities as lawmakers left Washington on Thursday for an 11- day break without renewing the trade lender's charter. "This is a small step toward renewing a competitive free-market economy and arresting the rise of the progressive welfare state and...

  • Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:. "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court— the Affordable Care Act...

  • Boehner: Veterans Affairs problem is failure Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Boehner: Veterans Affairs problem is failure

    John Boehner, Speaker of the House, makes statements regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans. The 6-3 ruling, which upheld financial aid to millions of low- and middle-income Americans to help pay for...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- A battle in Congress that could shut down the U.S. Export-Import Bank next week is already causing headaches for small exporters as they try to stop customers from defecting to foreign competitors and as export financing starts to freeze up. Last year, it was beaten to a landfill gas deal by a South Korean firm with export credit agency...

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. Over the past year it's also become a surprising test of GOP purity, as tea party-backed lawmakers and outside conservative groups have denounced...

  • Republican-led US Congress hands Obama major win on trade Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House...

  • *Fast-track legislation clears Senate procedural hurdle. *Senate vote of 60-37 shows solid support base. On Wednesday, the Senate was likely to vote to grant Obama the power to speed trade deals through Congress, including his Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • Senate vote of 60-37 shows solid support base. WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama's quest for a Pacific Rim trade deal to strengthen U.S. ties with Asia advanced on Tuesday, with the Senate moving toward a final vote on granting Obama the power to speed trade agreements through Congress. That just barely satisfied the 60- vote threshold needed after two...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans Tuesday proposed cuts to community health centers, national service, and grants to help children from low- and moderate-income families attend preschool as they unveiled the largest domestic appropriations bill, a $153 billion measure that's sure to attract a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The author of the bill, Roy...

  • *Senate vote likely next week, Export-Import Bank looms. WASHINGTON, June 18- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday reversed course, approving "fast-track" legislation central to President Barack Obama's trade deal with Pacific Rim nations and sending it back to the Senate. Senate aides said support among Democrats hinged on another trade issue, the...

  • House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the statement as they maneuvered to stage votes on bills important to President Barack Obama's trade agenda, especially in Asia.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday extended until late July a deadline for a second vote on legislation central to President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade pact, giving supporters time to obtain more backing for it. At the same time, the delay will squeeze the time frame for Obama to hammer out the 12- nation pact, a signature project that was dealt a...

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that Republicans are mulling options on how to move forward on a Pacific Rim trade pact and want to pass key legislation as soon as possible. Lawmakers on Friday voted down a worker aid program essential to passing trade promotion authority, which would streamline the way...