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  • But after years of complaints and failed efforts, huge majorities of lawmakers from both parties banded together and Congress approved legislation permanently recasting how Medicare reimburses physicians. Though AARP tried unsuccessfully to change the bill to ease costs for some Medicare recipients, CEO Jo Ann Jenkins hailed its passage as "momentous"...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- A bipartisan plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank seeks to extend the bank's term until 2019, increase lending to small businesses and overturn limits on coal-fired power plant projects. Friends of the Earth senior program manager Doug Norlen said fossil fuel projects, especially coal, hurts communities by polluting air and water,...

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past. Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in...

  • Putin calls West's bluff over Ukraine peace deal Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:52 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 18- Vladimir Putin has called Europe's bluff over east Ukraine as Russia- backed separatists seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by France and Germany. But declaring the agreement dead would be likely to force Europe to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and increase pressure on U.S. "There is the notion that the West goes to...

  • The bill comes on top of efforts to include rules against deliberate weakening of currencies in a Pacific trade agreement and in upcoming legislation to fast track trade deals through Congress. Graham joined nine other lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress in introducing legislation putting currency manipulation on a par with export...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers will unveil legislation on Tuesday aimed at stopping trading partners from manipulating their exchange rates to gain a competitive edge amid a wider debate over using trade deals to punish currency cheats. Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown, Debbie Stabenow and Charles Schumer will be joined by...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate's powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon's plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 "Warthog" aircraft. The Pentagon, facing mandatory "sequestration" budget cuts, has sought to eliminate all of the...

  • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 3:19 PM ET
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson prepares to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the White House perimeter breach at the Rayburn House Office Building on September 30, 2014 in Washington.

    High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged Pierson to resign.

  • Big or small, spending-cut efforts hit roadblocks Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    Americans and their elected officials continue to resist cuts to almost any specific program, big or small.

  • Senators threaten Yellen's Fed nomination   Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 3:42 PM ET
    Senators threaten Yellen's Fed nomination

    Senators Graham and McCain threaten to put Janet Yellen's Fed chair nomination on hold. CNBC's Tyler Mathisen reports the details.

  • Not everyone vowing to avoid another govt shutdown Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 7:53 AM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Leaders from both parties insist a new government shutdown must be avoided although a plan to dodge it is still elusive and Sen. Ted Cruz is urging a repeat.

  • Fiscal deal could bring tax, entitlement changes Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    The U.S. Capitol.

    The budget deal to reopen the government could make it easier for lawmakers to make major changes to tax policy, spending and entitlement programs.

  • US getting tough on Egypt's army? Don't bet on it Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 12:00 PM ET
    Egyptian army soldiers block Salah Salem highway to prevent supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi from crossing during their demonstration in Cairo.

    The United States is unlikely to make significant cuts in assistance to Egypt, despite calls from Congress to do so and a Cabinet-level meeting this week.

  • Senate Immigration Bill Boosted by Border Deal Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 7:39 AM ET
    U.S. Border Patrol agent Ryan Bell looks for drug smugglers along the Rio Grande.

    Immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions is swiftly gaining ground following a bipartisan agreement on dramatic steps aimed at securing the border with Mexico.

  • Agreement Nears for Billions for Border Security Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 9:24 AM ET
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands at the border fence in Nogales, Ariz.

    Key senators say they are closing in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars to stiffen the immigration bill's border security requirements.

  • Sen. Graham on NSA Leaks: We're at War   Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 7:00 PM ET
    Sen. Graham on NSA Leaks

    NBC's Pete Williams reports the latest on the NSA leaker; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), weighs in, and also discusses immigration reform and the budget deal.

  • Immigration Vote Pits Republican Versus Republican Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 7:59 AM ET
    Republican members of Congress listen as the votes of the Electoral College are tallied in the House on Jan. 4, 2013.

    An internal tug of war is raging between Republican luminaries and grassroots conservatives who decry immigration reform as "amnesty." NBC News reports.