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  • WASHINGTON, May 19- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that Republicans who control the Senate are likely to take steps to limit debate on a "fast-track" trade bill, moving it closer to a vote this week.

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Monday he is prepared to stay as long as necessary to pass legislation key to a Pacific trade pact before lawmakers go on a break at the end of this week. Hatch, a Republican, said there is no reason for debate to drag on, despite potentially dozens of amendments to legislation to streamline...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation said Monday that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and he urged Congress not to support fast-track legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements that lawmakers can ratify or reject, but not amend. Trumka spoke Monday at a news conference about 10...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- With just five days left before a holiday break, the U.S. Congress on Monday was preparing to deal with urgent decisions on Pacific Rim trade, domestic spying rules and financing road projects. Congress is weighing whether to give President Barack Obama the "fast track" power he wants to negotiate trade deals, including one with 11 other Pacific...

  • WASHINGTON, May 17- Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. We'll pass it later this week, "Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC.

  • NEW YORK— George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign. Stephanopoulos rose to the top ranks at ABC over 18 years and worked to establish himself as an independent...

  • *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...

  • What McConnell-Obama partnership is telling DC Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:03 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), Republican of Kentucky.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell sits down with CNBC's John Harwood to talk about his unlikely partnership with the president on a trade deal.

  • *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.