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WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The prospects of Ron Binz taking the reins at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dimmed on Thursday when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he would "work to defeat" the former Colorado regulator. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, another coal-rich state, on Wednesday said he would not vote for Binz.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he would "work to defeat" the nomination of former Colorado regulator Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "Binz has a proven track record of hostility toward coal and other traditional fossil fuels," the Kentucky senator said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, Sept 4- Former President Bill Clinton attempted on Wednesday to cut through confusion and worries about the new U.S. healthcare law, telling Americans they will be better off with Obamacare and urging opponents to make the best of it.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 31- Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading a conservative push to eliminate funding for President Barack Obama's new healthcare law, took his fight on Saturday to a forum of Republican activists where he challenged lawmakers in his party not to "surrender" on Obamacare.
Aug 12- Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on the Obama administration to delay the Oct. 1 opening of exchanges where uninsured Americans will be able to buy health insurance until the U.S. government can guarantee the protection of people's personal data.
With enrollment set to begin on Oct. 1 for individuals who want to receive health insurance under the 2010 law, Obama used a White House press conference to counter a massive Republican campaign to discredit and destroy the new program, including a threat by some Congressional Republicans to insist on repeal as a condition of funding the government.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 30- President Barack Obama proposed a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs" on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions of dollars in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs.
WASHINGTON, July 18- Growing numbers of Republicans in Congress are setting their sights on a new target in looming fiscal showdowns this autumn over government funding and the debt limit: "Obamacare."
WASHINGTON, July 18- Hoping to gain the high ground in an escalating war of words over Obamacare, the U.S. administration on Thursday forecast sharply lower than expected insurance costs for consumers and small businesses in new online state healthcare exchanges.
WASHINGTON, July 18- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Thomas Perez as the Obama administration's new labor secretary, despite deep opposition from Republicans who accused him of bending the laws to advance a liberal agenda. President Barack Obama nominated Perez on March 18 to replace Hilda Solis, who resigned.
WASHINGTON, July 17- The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to move toward approving Fred Hochberg for a second term as president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which would have to stop conducting business next week unless Hochberg is confirmed. The Senate voted 82-18 to limit debate on the nomination and hold a confirmation vote later in the day.
The Senate is on a collision course as Democratic leaders press a plan to change filibuster rules to stop Republicans from blocking White House nominees for top executive jobs.
With the Senate thinking the unthinkable—a "nuclear option" on filibusters—you may have to consider politics before your next investment.
WASHINGTON, July 10- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Wednesday called on the Energy Department to speed up its planned review process for proposals to ship U.S. liquefied natural gas abroad.
WASHINGTON, July 9- The U.S. Senate's Republican leader and one of its most liberal members seldom agree on much, but on Tuesday both threw cold water on efforts by senior tax legislators to overhaul the U.S. tax code by starting with a "blank slate."
Lawmakers returned to fights over presidential nominations, student loans and the farm bill, and to the question of whether they can pass immigration reform.
WASHINGTON, June 27- Lawmakers scrambled on Thursday to introduce last-minute bills to keep student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, but even supporters doubted any measure would pass in time.
But the bill may not progress beyond the Senate. The legislation, debated nearly non-stop since early May- first in the Senate Judiciary Committee and now on the Senate floor, is backed by President Barack Obama, who has made enactment of such a law one of his top priorities this year.
WASHINGTON, June 25- President Barack Obama tried to revive his stalled climate change agenda on Tuesday, promising new rules to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants and other domestic actions including support for renewable energy.
WASHINGTON, June 25- President Barack Obama will kick-start a global climate agenda on Tuesday with a plan to limit carbon pollution from all U.S. power plants that is sure to face opposition from the coal industry, many business groups and Republican lawmakers.