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  • WASHINGTON— In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50- worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute. Yet senators' comments suggested that party-line battling over many aspects of the statute— and other...

  • Trade Representative says Congress should pass fast-track. *Senate committee chair warns no Pacific pact before fast-track. WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday he hopes to wrap up an ambitious Pacific trade pact within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The head of the Senate committee responsible for trade said on Tuesday he hopes to present a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress in February. Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said he was still working with the top Democrat on the panel, Ron Wyden, and others on the final form of the bill.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates. The Associated Press reported last week that details such as consumers' income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial...

  • WASHINGTON— Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data. The administration made the changes to HealthCare.gov after The Associated Press reported...

  • Budget Chairman promises GOP plan to balance in decade Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The new Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Thursday that he'll try to pass a fiscal blueprint this spring that will promise a balanced budget by the end of 10 years. But Enzi wouldn't say what he hopes to do with special budget legislation that can overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Enzi promised to pass such a...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The head of the U.S. Senate committee responsible for trade said on Thursday he wanted to introduce a bill by the end of January that grants the White House authority to fast track trade deals. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday any deal would still take several months to pass through Congress. Obama asked Congress this week...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The head of the U.S. Senate committee responsible for trade said on Thursday he wanted to introduce a bill by the end of January that grants the White House authority to fast track trade deals. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said talks with Democrats on the final form of the bill, seen as key to sealing major trade deals, had come a...

  • But Republicans who control of both houses of Congress are in no mood to raise taxes on anyone and were quick to pan Obama's proposal. "This plan that we'll hear about tonight appears to be more about redistribution, with added complexity, and class warfare, directed at job-creating small businesses, than about tax reform," said Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The Senate's top tax law writer accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of undertaking "class warfare" with his plan to raise taxes on wealthier Americans to help the middle class. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the proposals Obama is expected to set out in his State of the Union address on...

  • Obama tax proposals run into Republican criticism Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 12:10 PM ET

    With the start of a new Congress this month under Republican control, lawmakers have been discussing tax reform. However, with Congress deeply divided on fiscal policy, Obama's latest tax plan is likely to hit strong opposition. "The president needs to stop listening to his liberal allies who want to raise taxes at all costs and start working with Congress to fix...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. Tax increases are rarely welcomed by congressional Republicans, who now hold majorities in the House and the...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will call for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class. The president's proposals are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party's liberal...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • U.S. gasoline tax hike talk increases in Congress Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 4:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The possibility of a gasoline tax increase to help pay for federal highway improvements was attracting increased attention in the U.S. Congress as a prominent conservative Republican on Thursday said he was willing to consider the move. Senator Orrin Hatch, the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees tax measures, told...

  • President Barack Obama on Wednesday committed to urge lawmakers to back a bill giving trade deals a fast track through Congress, an effort some think could break a logjam on the issue and help secure major agreements under negotiation. A bill to give the Obama administration so-called fast-track power, which would allow only yes-or-no votes on trade deals in...

  • The Obama administration also weighed in, with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew meeting with congressional Democrats and saying in a statement that the White House was "open to supporting shorter-term alternatives" on the extenders. At a cost of tens of billions of dollars to taxpayers, the 55- item extenders package also includes some very narrow measures, such...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than two years ago under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday. Though no full-scale repeal of Obamacare is expected, even with the Senate now under Republican control, the move against the tax is part...