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  • Senate up next after House passes bold budget Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 AM ET
    Late-afternoon visitors climb a stairway outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

    The Senate is up next after House Republicans pushed through a boldly conservative budget eliminating deficits over the next decade.

  • March 24- Delays in finalizing U.S. legislation to speed free trade deals through Congress are casting a cloud over a 12- nation trade pact many thought was near completion, officials close to the negotiations said. In conversations with Reuters, officials from six countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership said the lack of clarity over the conditions...

  • Congress can't agree on ... sex trafficking bill? Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:19 AM ET
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    The Senate has found a way to disagree on a bill that would protect victims of sex trafficking, The NYT reports.

  • Last week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of coal state Kentucky urged governors and state officials to "think twice" before submitting state plans to the EPA, joining a wider "just say no" campaign led by some lawmakers and industry groups advocating for states to ignore the power plant proposal. "The EPA is going to regulate.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed.

  • WASHINGTON, March 1- Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain- fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. In five to seven months, the federal debt ceiling will again be reached, and by October Congress must pass...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends the legislation, which would allow whistleblowers to share in...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends legislation to the floor of the Senate that would allow...

  • The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama's veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3. The TransCanada Corp pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude to Nebraska en route to refineries and ports along the U.S.

  • UPDATE 1-Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Barack Obama on Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period. The Senate received Obama's veto message and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing...

  • Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:50 PM ET
    President Barack Obama at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    It was only the third veto of Obama's presidency, although many more are expected.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- A short-term funding extension for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gained ground on Monday among Senate Republicans as a possible option to deal with a stalled spending bill and a Friday deadline looming for a partial shutdown of the agency. The Senate failed for a fourth time to advance a $39.7 billion bill to fund the agency that...

  • Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21- President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, an agreement that would...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority. The White House said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice would appeal the action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in...

  • The White House said the Department of Justice would appeal the decision. The move came after Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked bipartisan legislation that the Senate passed in 2013.. Following Hanen's order, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Democrats to allow passage of their DHS bill in the...

  • Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security possible Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

    House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down because of a budget impasse.

  • 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...