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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- For Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, a vote to end debate over raising the U.S. debt ceiling on Wednesday was much more than a vote to leave Washington before a snowstorm arrived.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. Congress approved legislation on Wednesday to increase the country's debt limit for a year, bowing to President Barack Obama's demands for a debt limit increase without any conditions after a dramatic Senate vote.

  • FACTBOX-Some provisions of U.S. farm bill Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 3:13 PM ET

    Feb 4- A U.S. farm bill was passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and sent to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week, will cost an estimated $956 billion over 10 years, a savings of about $16.6 billion compared with current funding, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

  • *McConnell looks to take down EPA regulations. *EPA's McCarthy grilled on climate science at hearing. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said he will invoke the measure to challenge an EPA rule published in the Federal Register last week.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- The U.S. Senate Republican leader said on Thursday he would use a rarely used law to try to stop the administration from issuing rules that would limit the amount of carbon that power plants can pump into the atmosphere.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- A powerful business group's decision to use its legal firepower to back a bottling company in a dispute with unionized workers turned a routine labor tussle in Washington state into a high-stakes Supreme Court case that could limit the ability of U.S. presidents to make appointments to critical jobs.

  • Senate approves Obama nominee for IRS chief Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 7:03 PM ET
    The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    The Senate on Friday voted to confirm John Koskinen as the new head of the Internal Revenue Service.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The Obama administration made a major last-minute policy shift on Thursday, saying the change would help Americans meet a looming deadline to replace insurance plans canceled because of new standards under Obamacare reforms.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Even as a touch of bipartisan bonhomie settles over Washington with the passage of a budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up against its borrowing limit in the spring.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Even as a touch of bipartisan bonhomie settles over Washington with the pending passage of a budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up against its borrowing limit in the spring.

  • U.S. budget uncertainties pose risk to global growth -U.N. Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- The outlook for the global economy has improved thanks to the end of the euro zone recession and a slight improvement in U.S. economic growth, though political wrangling over the U.S. budget is a major risk factor, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Growth in the United States strengthened somewhat. "

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- A two-year U.S. budget deal that eases some automatic spending cuts cleared a crucial Senate test vote on Tuesday, all but assuring its passage by a simple majority later this week in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he will oppose President Barack Obama's appointment of Janet Yellen as the next head of the Federal Reserve, citing concerns about her willingness to defend the dollar.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Conservatives in the U.S. Senate are unlikely to stop passage of a two-year budget bill this week, with some Republicans expected to join Democrats in the Senate in voting for the measure.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

  • U.S. budget deal heads for tense vote in House Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 1:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 12- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A budget deal aimed at avoiding a U.S. government shutdown on Jan. 15 and relieving federal agencies of some indiscriminate spending cuts that are set to begin with the new year could emerge in Congress on Tuesday, congressional aides said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday extended the time it will take to hear a case challenging White House recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and granted the Senate's top Republican 15 minutes during the Jan. 13 oral arguments.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- More people signed up on the government's new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the entire first month of the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, sources familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.

  • HealthCare.gov 'deploying well,' says White House Sunday, 1 Dec 2013 | 9:48 AM ET
    A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California.

    "The bottom line, healthare.gov is night and day from where it was on Oct 1," said Jeff Zients on Sunday, who is in charge of fixing the web site.

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