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  • Now, the question is whether the Senate will pass a bill the House can live with. The Senate vote on the measure known as the USA Freedom Act can come no earlier than 1 a.m., Tuesday. "Having gone past the brink, the Senate must now embrace the necessity of acting responsibly," said Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, in a statement after...

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session. The Senate voted 77-17 to move ahead on the House-passed bill, the USA Freedom Act, which only last weekend fell three...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.Va., is promising to "rein in" the government through legislation or other means. The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have...

  • Minutes before the Senate began its session, House Speaker John Boehner, R- Ohio, issued a brief but strong statement warning of the impact if the parts of the Patriot Act expire. Anyone who is satisfied with letting this critical intelligence capability go dark isn't taking the terrorist threat seriously, "said Boehner, who urged the Senate to pass the House bill...

  • Obama pinned responsibility directly on the Senate if something were to go awry. "And heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate." McConnell is calling the Senate back into session Sunday, just hours...

  • Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with presidential primary voters. "I think some of his ideas are a breath of fresh air," said Corey Brooks, an African-American pastor on the South Side of Chicago, where Paul campaigned on Wednesday. He says the Republican Party's reputation "sucks" in a book released this week that...

  • 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...