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  • Mitch McConnell responds to 'Daily Show' turtle impersonation

    CNBC's John Harwood gets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reaction to Jon Stewart calling him a turtle on "The Daily Show."

  • 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.

  • *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...

  • 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...

  • Senate aides said the deadline could force supporters and opponents of the bulk data collection program to work out a deal before May ends. The measure is expected to pass the House with strong bipartisan support, which bill supporters maintain would increase pressure on McConnell to allow a Senate vote. It is unclear whether it will get the 60 votes needed to...

  • *U.S. appeals court says Congress did not authorize spy program. *White House and Congress work on an alternative program. NEW YORK, May 7- A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end a...

  • While stopping short of declaring the program unconstitutional, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Congress did not authorize the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Lynch said it is for Congress to make clear whether it considers the NSA program permissible. Federal appeals courts in Washington, D.C. and...

  • McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said that as soon as the Senate finishes work on budget and Iran legislation, he will attempt to bring up a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. "Of course we've heard of an attempt to stand in the way of an effort to pass this bipartisan legislation," McConnell said of the trade bill on the Senate floor.

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wants to delay legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority needed to complete a Pacific Rim deal until bills to authorize highway funding and renew a domestic surveillance program are debated. An aide to Reid said on Monday he would try to delay the " Trade...

  • Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Jim Sensenbrenner and Democrats John Conyers and Jerry Nadler introduced the " USA Freedom Act" in the House of Representatives, seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. They are supported by privacy groups but will run into...