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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes boosting funding for clean energy by 7 percent and a new $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials said Monday. The $7.4 billion figure is an increase from the $6.9 billion proposed in Obama's fiscal 2015 budget, a rise of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, with plans to introduce them in the Senate in the next two months, senior congressional aides said on Monday. One piece of legislation being drafted would allow U.S. telecommunications companies to do business in Cuba and another would specifically...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as' sequestration,' the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. The White House rejects that criticism and hopes Obama can find common ground with lawmakers...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November. While the project would create...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November. The Senate will vote after 2:30 p.m. EST on...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November's elections, but they are four votes shy...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- President Barack Obama's budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as "sequestration," a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. The fiscal 2016 budget, which the White House intends to unveil on Monday, would fund a host of programs...

  • The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure. The Keystone bill allows Congress to approve TransCanada Corp's project to link Canada's oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate as a result of November's elections, flexed their muscles to deliver a message to Majority Leader...

  • Get ready for more brawls in Washington Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    Greco-Roman Wrestling

    There may not be a government shutdown looming but there are some serious fiscal battles coming in the months ahead, says political consultant Stephen Myrow.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The U.S. Senate advanced a bill on Monday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as Republicans, who have made the project their first priority of the year, try to line up enough votes to overcome a potential veto by President Barack Obama. Backers of TransCanada Corp's project also have 63 supporters, including all 54 Republicans, to take...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- Democrats appear to have little recourse against a House of Representatives rule change that could prompt a steep cut to Social Security disability benefits next year, congressional aides said on Monday. Without an injection from the main Social Security retirement fund, the disability program would have to cut benefits by some 20 percent,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The Senate will start debate on Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as Republicans, who have made the project their first priority of the year, try to line up enough votes to overcome a potential veto by President Barack Obama. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, a co-sponsor of the bill to approve TransCanada Corp's pipeline,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday removed one of the last hurdles for President Barack Obama to settle the fate of the politically charged Keystone XL oil pipeline, delivering a closely watched decision on an issue that could help define his second term. After months of deliberation, the court allowed a route for the pipeline to cross the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- Supporters and critics of free trade are readying for a bitter battle this year over major free trade deals and legislation to fast-track trade agreements through the U.S. Congress. Unions, progressive lawmakers, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and social justice and human rights lobbyists kicked off a campaign on Thursday to oppose...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday advanced a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, their top priority in a new campaign to push back President Barack Obama's policies now that they fully control Congress. The Republican-led Senate Energy Committee approved the measure on a 13-9 vote, sending it to the full Senate for...

  • A bill to give the White House fast-track power, allowing Congress a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting negotiating goals, did not advance in the last Congress but new legislation will be introduced in 2015.. "It's the start of the new Congress and we are up, up and away," said Democrat Rosa DeLauro, citing plans for speeches, letters and meetings, "the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 7- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to reauthorize a federal terrorism insurance program sought by insurers and owners of sports stadiums and shopping malls, after lawmakers let it expire at the end of 2014.. Lawmakers were unable to agree last year on a plan to extend the program, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 6- Republican senators this week made good on a campaign promise and kicked off the new Congress with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying if President Barack Obama vetoes it, they have a plan to pass the measure later in the year. Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, introduced a bill on Tuesday to approve TransCanada Corp's...

  • Beyond Keystone, Obamacare: GOP makes big plans Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 8:23 AM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington.

    The GOP-led 114th Congress will look to quickly implement its agenda, which includes Keystone XL and Obamacare. The New York Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON/ HONOLULU, Jan 4- Republicans take full control of the U.S. Congress this week with an agenda of trying to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and push back on President Barack Obama's sweeping policy shifts on Cuba and immigration. Angry over the president's moves last year to bypass Congress on issues such as immigration, Republicans have...