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  • *Senate backs import duties for currency manipulators. The Senate voted 78 to 20 to allow the United States to slap import duties on goods from countries found to be artificially lowering the value of their currencies to gain an export advantage, despite objections from the White House that the measure would breach international trade laws.

  • Senate puts trade bill back on track Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a burst of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate put President Barack Obama's trade agenda back on course Thursday, clearing the way for likely approval within days of legislation allowing the administration to negotiate global deals that Congress could support or reject but not change. The White House registered its...

  • WASHINGTON— After the House's lopsided bipartisan vote to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, the Senate is under considerable pressure to pass a similar measure. In the Senate, however, the legislation faces a 60- vote hurdle to begin debate. And the Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, has expressed...

  • WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a "politician like everybody else" he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade. Though occasional allies, Warren has been aggravating the Obama administration since her pre-...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- President Barack Obama's trade agenda, which focuses squarely on developing stronger ties with Asia, gets a shot at new life on Thursday when the U.S. Senate is set to hold an important test vote on legislation to help him complete a Pacific Rim deal. Just two days earlier, Obama's own Democrats defied him and blocked consideration of the "...

  • WASHINGTON, May 13- U.S. senators reached a deal on Wednesday to move forward this week with legislation key to the proposed 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, a day after a Democratic rebellion dealt a blow to the White House's trade agenda. "The plan... will provide our Democratic colleagues with a way forward without killing the bill," Senate...

  • *White House calls setback "snafu," vows to continue battle. Failure to clinch a U.S.-led TPP agreement could also damage Washington's leadership image in Asia, where China is forging ahead with a new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank without the participation of the United States and Japan. The Senate voted 52-45- short of the 60 votes needed- to...

  • Despite losing control of the Senate in November's elections, Democrats showed they can and will block legislation that they dislike as effectively as Republicans did for years, ending a brief, recent run of bipartisan achievements. "The simple fact is that to pass the Senate, bills must have strong Democratic support," Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in a...

  • Despite losing control of the Senate in November's elections, Democrats showed they can and will block legislation that they dislike as effectively as Republicans did for years, ending a brief, recent run of bipartisan achievements. "The simple fact is that to pass the Senate, bills must have strong Democratic support," Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in a...

  • *White House calls setback "snafu," vows to continue battle. "What we just saw here is pretty shocking," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, after the Senate voted 52-45- short of the 60 votes needed- against paving the way for debate on "fast-track" trade authority for Obama. The vote marked a victory for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, an...

  • President Barack Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress failed a crucial procedural test on Tuesday, delaying a measure that may be key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia. In a setback to the White House trade agenda, the Senate voted 52-45- eight votes short of the necessary 60- to clear the way for debate on the legislation, which...

  • Trade bill fails procedural vote in Senate Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:11 PM ET
    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

    The Pacific trade agreement failed its first test in the U.S. Senate after a key Democrat said he would vote against a procedural vote.

  • *Fast-track legislation faces procedural hurdle in Senate. WASHINGTON, May 12- A first attempt at removing a procedural hurdle on a Pacific trade agreement appeared likely to fail on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate after a leading pro-trade Democrat said he would oppose a bill to grant President Barack Obama the power to negotiate trade deals. The Senate vote was one...

  • WASHINGTON— It wasn't your typical panel discussion: President Barack Obama sat down Tuesday with leading thinkers from the left and right to reflect on poverty, income inequality and the stereotypes that get in the way of finding solutions. Obama told an audience of about 700 at Georgetown University that it makes him mad when he hears a "constant menu" of...

  • Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:21 AM ET

    The president's supporters said they will try again, and Obama summoned key Democrats to the White House to discuss possible strategies. What was clear, however, was that Obama suffered a rebuke from his own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate. Proponents needed 60 votes to thwart a Democratic filibuster, but managed only 52 in the 100- member Senate.

  • Fast-track trade bill faces key test in U.S. Congress Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 12- The Pacific trade agreement faces its first test in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in a knife-edge vote that may hold the key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia. The Senate vote is one of a likely series of congressional hurdles to be overcome that will hinge on the support of a handful of Democrats. The White House has launched a...

  • Speaking to reporters, Senator Dick Durbin said, "At this point it's very questionable" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, can round up the 60 votes needed to limit debate on whether to formally bring "trade promotion authority" legislation onto the Senate floor.

  • WASHINGTON, May 11- The U.S. Congress will face a crush of major bills in the next two weeks on Pacific Rim trade, domestic surveillance, funding the military and transportation, as well as on congressional oversight of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Before breaking for Memorial Day on or around May 22, the Senate and House of Representatives will try to deal with:.

  • Senate aides said the deadline could force supporters and opponents of the bulk data collection program to work out a deal before May ends. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader, and Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, defended the data collection shortly after a federal appeals court three-judge panel in New...

  • Insurers step up lobbying to battle U.S. regulators Friday, 8 May 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 8- Insurance firms, already among Washington's biggest donors, are securing powerful allies in Congress as the Federal Reserve draws up nationwide capital rules for the $1 trillion industry after years of delay. Two members of the House of Representatives who received large industry donations for their election campaigns and one senator...