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  • WASHINGTON, April 10- More than 7.5 million people are expected to sign up for private health coverage this year under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the top U.S. health official said on Thursday.

  • Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Four hundred thousand more have now done so, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Ben Cardin, D- Md., while bemoaning that "we're still stuck in this repeal, not repeal mode, particularly in the House of Representatives, and that's not doing a service to the people of this country.

  • Big outside groups overshadow parties in key races Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    In a handful of key Senate races, the biggest and loudest players so far are well-funded groups that don't answer to any candidate or political party. And last week's Supreme Court decision voiding overall limits on contributions to candidates, PACs and political parties may give the parties a modest financial boost.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that on average, reimbursement for such Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 would rise 0.4 percent, reversing what is said was a 1.9 percent average reduction proposed in February.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Senate's tax committee approved a package of special-interest tax breaks on Thursday, including three measures that were left off the list two days ago in a brief bipartisan nod toward fiscal reform.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- A tax break used by big companies to avoid U.S. corporate income tax on capital transfers between offshore units, known as the look-through rule, has been added back to a package of temporary tax measures under consideration in Congress.

  • In the Senate, the new chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee unveiled legislation that would modestly trim the list of about 55 laws known as the "tax extenders" because they expire every year or two and need to be regularly extended.

  • In the Senate, the new chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee unveiled legislation that would modestly trim the list of about 55 laws known as the "tax extenders" because they expire every year or two and need to be regularly extended.

  • Feb 21- The U.S. government on Friday proposed a cut in payments to private health insurers for 2015 Medicare Advantage plans, a move Republican lawmakers said would hurt benefits for the elderly and disabled.

  • Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, criticized IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for reinstating 2013 performance bonuses for IRS workers. "It's hard to think of a group of people less deserving of bonuses than IRS employees," Hatch said in a statement.

  • President Barack Obama' s nod to trade in his annual State of the Union address reflects a delicate political dance and leaves the hard work still ahead in convincing a skeptical Congress to get behind free trade deals.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Three prominent Republican senators on Monday called for replacing Obamacare with a package of election-year proposals intended to lower health insurance costs while retaining some elements of President Barack Obama's health reform law.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- The White House will have to step up efforts to build congressional support if it wants to win fast-track authority to enact free trade pacts, a senior Republican lawmaker said on Thursday.

  • *Bill would prevent Congress from amending trade deals. WASHINGTON, Jan 9- U.S. lawmakers on Thursday proposed a bill to give the White House power to fast-track international trade agreements as the United States gears up for a hectic year of trade negotiations.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- U.S. lawmakers on Thursday proposed a bill to give the White House power to fast-track international trade agreements as the United States gears up for a hectic year of trade negotiations. Trade Promotion Authority would let the White House put trade deals before Congress for an up or down vote without amendments.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged Congress to give the White House authority to fast-track international trade agreements and said major deals in the pipeline could stumble without the measure.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- For most Americans who don't have health insurance, Monday is the deadline to sign up for coverage starting on Jan. 1 under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the original deadline for obtaining medical coverage was Dec. 15.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Conservatives in the U.S. Senate are unlikely to stop passage of a two-year budget bill this week, with some Republicans expected to join Democrats in the Senate in voting for the measure.

  • Key U.S. lawmakers agree to trade authority deal -aides Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 | 2:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 14- Three top U.S. lawmakers on key congressional committees have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation the White House needs to advance international trade agreements and will introduce the measure early next month, congressional aides said on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The top Republican on the U.S. Senate's tax-writing panel on Wednesday endorsed President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief of the Internal Revenue Service, smoothing the path for what will likely be a prompt Senate confirmation.

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