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  • WASHINGTON— The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken. The Senate is expected to decide Friday what to do with the oft-debated measure. The president and his top law enforcement officials are urging the Senate to pass the...

  • Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— As House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi delivered the signature achievement of President Barack Obama's first term: his health care bill. Democratic lawmakers point out that there's little political upside for Democrats to grant Obama "fast track" authority to negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or reject but not amend. Yet despite their...

  • WASHINGTON— The House passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill Friday despite President Barack Obama's veto threat and Democratic worries that the measure opens the door to sharp cuts in domestic spending later this year. Adam Smith of Washington state, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, urged his colleagues to vote against...

  • *Senate backs import duties for currency manipulators. Just two days after Democrats defied Obama to block debate on a bill to "fast-track" trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal through Congress, the Senate voted 65 to 33 to move ahead with consideration of the measure. Strong support for the bill on this second go-round suggests senators...

  • Senate puts trade bill back on track Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a burst of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate put President Barack Obama's trade agenda back on course Thursday, clearing the way for likely approval within days of legislation allowing the administration to negotiate global deals that Congress could support or reject but not change. The White House registered its...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she had concerns over the duration of a bill in Congress to give President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. The bill would let Congress vote to approve or reject trade deals but not change individual provisions. She did not say whether...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she had concerns over the time frame for a bill in Congress to give President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. The bill would let Congress vote to approve or reject trade deals but not change individual provisions.

  • WASHINGTON— House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Wednesday that Republicans will "rue the day" if the Supreme Court buys their arguments and invalidates tax subsidies for millions of people under President Barack Obama's health care law. Such a ruling would present a major challenge to the GOP. Pelosi said in an interview with The Associated Press...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation central to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to his party. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation key to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to Democrats. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan, said he...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- The leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday she supported planned legislation to speed trade deals through Congress while requiring enforceable currency provisions to future pacts. The statement followed Democratic Representative Sander Levin's announcement that he would offer an...

  • President Barack Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a "good deal" as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose. "It's a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO, March 26- Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to fix a Medicare formula that threatens to slash payments to doctors every year. The so-called "doc fix" would replace the cuts with a multipronged approach that will be expensive and will have Medicare beneficiaries pay part of the bill. There are better places to go for the money, such as allowing...

  • Representative Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, said on Wednesday she respected the results of Israel's election and anticipated they would produce a "lively" discussion of the Middle East peace process. "The people of Israel have spoken," she said at a news conference on Wednesday. "I respect the results that they have produced.

  • A better-than-expected showing by the Israeli prime minister in Tuesday's closely fought election raises the prospect that he could remain a thorn in Obama's side, with the two men increasingly at odds over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peacemaking. "Looks like the White House will need to let the champagne chill a bit longer," Aaron David Miller, a former...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Two leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday all children should be vaccinated, joining a debate that has become a national political flashpoint, as a measles outbreak rekindles a discussion on safety and the right of parents to forgo inoculation of their children. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said at the...