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  • Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. Some questions and answers about the Export-Import Bank, and its future:. Q: What does the Export-Import Bank do?

  • WASHINGTON— The supporters of the federal Export-Import Bank have the Senate votes to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday. "Looks to me like they have the votes, and I'm going to give them the opportunity," McConnell, who opposes the bank, said in a telephone interview from Kentucky, where he is spending Congress' July 4...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Finger-pointing starting in blame for government hack Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    OPM repeatedly neglected to implement basic cybersecurity protections, its internal watchdog told Congress. But the departments of Treasury, Transportation, State and Health and Human Services have significantly worse records, according to the most recent administration report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

  • 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.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. export lender heads for partial shutdown Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 23- Democrats warned on Tuesday U.S. businesses face a "huge disruption" if the Export-Import Bank partially shuts down at the end of the month, putting new trade finance deals on ice. The U.S. Congress has no plans to hold a vote on extending the charter of the U.S. export credit agency before going on a week-long break, meaning it is likely to expire on...

  • 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...

  • *Senate vote 60-37 shows solid support base. WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade pact moved closer to a final U.S. Congress vote, with lawmakers agreeing on Tuesday to limit debate on legislation that would grant Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress. A Senate vote on the legislation, known as fast-track negotiating...

  • A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama's hopes for a 12- nation Pacific-rim trade agreement, a keystone of his effort to expand U.S. influence in Asia. The trade pact would be a high point in a foreign policy that has otherwise been consumed by crisis management, and would give Obama a rare legislative achievement in the Republican-controlled Congress.

  • President Barack Obama' s signature Pacific trade pact faces another test in the Senate on Tuesday as legislation needed to close the deal returns for a second run through the chamber. Although the measure passed the Senate a month ago on a vote of 62-37, including backing from 14 Democrats, some may withdraw support. It took two attempts to pass this same...

  • Senate overwhelmingly confirms new TSA administrator Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate voted on Monday to confirm a new leader for the Transportation Security Administration in the wake of reports of startling security gaps at U.S. airports. Peter Neffenger was confirmed as the agency's new administrator by a vote of 81-1. Neffenger was nominated by President Barack Obama in April, before revelations that auditors for...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he believes there will be sufficient votes in the chamber to separately pass a "fast track" trade negotiating bill and a worker aid bill. McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said he has started procedural steps to take up the trade promotion authority bill passed by the House...

  • US House revives Obama's trade agenda Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 12:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House dramatically rescued President Barack Obama's trade agenda from near oblivion Thursday, and supporters urged the Senate to finish the job and give him a signature achievement in his final years in office. Setting up votes early next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., alluded to the bill's near death last week, but he...

  • 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— President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor. At the White House, Obama held a pair of meetings with pro-trade Democrats to try to firm up...

  • WASHINGTON, June 15- Hopes of reviving the White House's drive for a Pacific trade pact looked increasingly uncertain on Monday as no clear path forward for it in Congress emerged and presidential contender Hillary Clinton said her fellow Democrats' concerns with the pact were legitimate. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said key...