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  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and repeal the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans slowly pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • 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...

  • GOP lawmaker targets Obama climate plan Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    Whitfield and other Republicans cited testimony from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, an Obama mentor who has said the proposed EPA rule is unconstitutional. Tribe said the EPA is attempting what he called "an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the states, Congress and the federal courts— all at once."

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states. Under an executive order signed by Obama, the government must cut its emissions of the heat-trapping...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans are matching President Barack Obama's proposals to cut Medicare by more than $400 billion over the coming decade, though they're not embracing his specific cuts to health care providers like hospitals and drug companies. Slated for release Wednesday afternoon, the GOP senators' companion measure contains greater cost cuts...

  • WASHINGTON— Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. The White House has put a spotlight on GOP missteps and infighting in recent weeks,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21- President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, an agreement that would...

  • US terror risk higher now than in 9/11: Tom Ridge Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 10:09 AM ET
    Tom Ridge, Former Secretary of Homeland Security

    The first homeland security secretary said Tuesday the U.S. terror risk is higher now than on 9/11, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority. The White House said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice would appeal the action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in...

  • The White House said the Department of Justice would appeal the decision. The move came after Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked bipartisan legislation that the Senate passed in 2013.. Following Hanen's order, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Democrats to allow passage of their DHS bill in the...

  • Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security possible Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

    House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down because of a budget impasse.