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  • 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,...

  • The measure is unlikely to become law anytime soon, as Republicans will hold a majority of seats in the Senate after Jan. 1. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the future Senate Majority Leader, came out strongly against the bill in a Senate speech on Tuesday morning, concerns matched by several hawkish Republicans including former government officials.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, failing one vote short of the 60 needed to get the measure to President Barack Obama's desk. "I believe we will have the votes to pass the bill in January when a number of new Senators who support my legislation take office and the new Congress begins.

  • UPDATE 5-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 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 having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, including Democratic Senator...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • *China also looking to raise clean energy to 20 pct of total. BEIJING, Nov 12- China and the United States agreed on Wednesday to new limits on carbon emissions starting in 2025, but the pledge by the world's two biggest polluters appears to be more politically significant than substantive. "The statement is a upbeat signal to motivate other countries but the...

  • *China also looking to raise clean energy to 20 pct of total. BEIJING, Nov 12- China will aim to cap greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while the United States will cut total emissions by more than a quarter by 2025, the world's two biggest carbon polluters said in an unprecedented joint pledge at a summit in Beijing on Wednesday. President Barack Obama and President...

  • White House turns the corner on VA scandal Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

    The White House has managed to move forward from Veteran Affairs health care scandal, among other events, reports NBC News.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The following are written statements issued in response to President Obama' s comments on Monday pressuring the federal communications regulator to adopt Internet traffic rules that would treat Internet providers more like public utilities. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the...