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  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable' Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 5:25 PM ET

    Wisconsin will not comply with the president's plan without "significant and meaningful changes," Walker said. Wisconsin is among 15 coal-reliant states that are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to block the so-called Clean Power Plan, which would require states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.. In addition to those concerns,...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • Rhode Island last year began allowing workers to take up to four weeks of paid leave. "It was just such a stress reliever, knowing there was going to be money to help us pay the bills," said Quirk, who gushed about the program to Obama when he visited Rhode Island in October. About 5,000 people have taken paid family leave in Rhode Island so far.

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Finally, McConnell announced early Saturday that the Senate would begin a weeklong Memorial Day break and return on Sunday, May 31,...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act from lapsing on June 1 was caught in a...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 9:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Senate passage of the trade bill capped two weeks of tense votes and near-death experiences for legislation the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly rejected a push by some lawmakers to include rules to punish currency manipulators, a...

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass fast-track trade bill Friday Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. They were joined by 49 of 54...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Export-Import Bank moved a step closer to avoiding closure on Thursday as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold a vote on renewing its charter in June. The decision gives Congress a legislative vehicle to start considering the fate of the federal export credit lender, with conservative House of Representatives...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. Thirteen of 44 Democrats...

  • Amtrak says the system will be ready by year's end throughout the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, with the exception of some track owned by commuter railroads in New York. Democrats want Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers...

  • *Senate vote xx to xx shows solid/weak support base. Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second...

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • *House of Representatives watching Senate outcome. WASHINGTON, May 20- President Barack Obama's keynote Asian trade push risks failing in a Senate vote on Thursday, a result that would threaten the administration's diplomatic pivot to Asia to counter China's rising economic and political clout in the region. A vote to advance debate requires 60 votes in the...

  • Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post- Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. "There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and...