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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada- to-U.S. pipeline to date. His comments come as Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said his party's first...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party...

  • Sessions yields to Enzi as U.S. Senate Budget chairman Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana...

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- The senior U.S. Senate Republican on Tuesday raised the possibility of Congress writing comprehensive healthcare legislation if the Supreme Court next year strikes down a subsidy provision of Obamacare. The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear arguments for and against tax-credit subsidies to help millions of Americans get health...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action. Congress must pass a federal government spending bill by Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action. Congress must pass a federal government spending bill by Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama on Thursday is poised to ease the threat of deportations for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants in a move that has enraged Republicans in the U.S. Congress even before he formally unveiled the sweeping program. Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois said he was informed that the program will apply to those...

  • For months, Obama has warned he would take the steps after Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate in 2013.. "If President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech on the Senate...

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...