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  • WASHINGTON, May 4- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide to Reid said on Monday he would try to delay the " Trade...

  • WASHINGTON— Thousands of jobs would "disappear pretty quickly" if the Export-Import Bank were to expire abruptly when its charter runs out at the end of June, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday. The Ohio Republican has asked Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R- Texas, to come up with a plan to overhaul or wind down the operations of the bank, which...

  • Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Jim Sensenbrenner and Democrats John Conyers and Jerry Nadler introduced the " USA Freedom Act" in the House of Representatives, seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. They are supported by privacy groups but will run into...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Friday they would press ahead with legislation to keep the bank alive despite efforts to shut it down. "The perspective on the other side is not' reform Export Import Bank,' it is' kill it,"' said Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas, whose support for Ex-Im has made him a target for conservatives...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- In a move likely to re-ignite public debate in America over electronic spying, Republicans have introduced a bill in the Senate to extend a controversial law empowering the government's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records. President Barack Obama and many in Congress want to retain the mass data-collection program as a national...

  • WASHINGTON— Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The measure by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and...

  • President Barack Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a "good deal" as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose. "It's a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Obama administration's plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to "proceed with caution" in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate...

  • Senate up next after House passes bold budget Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 AM ET
    Late-afternoon visitors climb a stairway outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

    The Senate is up next after House Republicans pushed through a boldly conservative budget eliminating deficits over the next decade.

  • March 24- Delays in finalizing U.S. legislation to speed free trade deals through Congress are casting a cloud over a 12- nation trade pact many thought was near completion, officials close to the negotiations said. In conversations with Reuters, officials from six countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership said the lack of clarity over the conditions...

  • Congress can't agree on ... sex trafficking bill? Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:19 AM ET
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    The Senate has found a way to disagree on a bill that would protect victims of sex trafficking, The NYT reports.

  • Last week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of coal state Kentucky urged governors and state officials to "think twice" before submitting state plans to the EPA, joining a wider "just say no" campaign led by some lawmakers and industry groups advocating for states to ignore the power plant proposal. "The EPA is going to regulate.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed.

  • WASHINGTON, March 1- Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain- fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends the legislation, which would allow whistleblowers to share in...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends legislation to the floor of the Senate that would allow...

  • The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama's veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3. The TransCanada Corp pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude to Nebraska en route to refineries and ports along the U.S.

  • UPDATE 1-Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Barack Obama on Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period. The Senate received Obama's veto message and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing...

  • Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:50 PM ET
    President Barack Obama at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    It was only the third veto of Obama's presidency, although many more are expected.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- A short-term funding extension for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gained ground on Monday among Senate Republicans as a possible option to deal with a stalled spending bill and a Friday deadline looming for a partial shutdown of the agency. The Senate failed for a fourth time to advance a $39.7 billion bill to fund the agency that...