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.
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.
WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The Obama administration could secure "fast-track" trade promotion authority from Congress early next year, a leading lawmaker said on Tuesday, handing it the means to secure two big new trade deals. The Obama administration has said it needs Congress to approve TPA, which would allow any trade deal to move swiftly through Congress.
*Nominee Koskinen vows to restore public trust in IRS. WASHINGTON, Dec 10- A Senate panel hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service was set to resume Wednesday after it was abruptly halted on Tuesday at a Republican senator's request, committee aides said.
*Nominee Koskinen vows to restore public trust in IRS. Afterward, Baucus and Senator Orrin Hatch, the panel's top Republican, issued a joint statement saying they were "working to reconvene the Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the nomination of John Koskinen to be IRS Commissioner."
*Tax-exemption scandal, Obamacare top IRS agenda. WASHINGTON, Dec 9- President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. tax commissioner, a multimillionaire with a reputation for troubleshooting, appears headed for confirmation, but on Tuesday will first face some tough questioning in Congress.
In an audit, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, said two new IRS systems to catch tax refund fraud are under development. In response to the TIGTA findings, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday: "The IRS aggressively safeguards our information systems and combats tax fraud.
WASHINGTON, Nov 26- The Obama administration proposed new rules on Tuesday to rein in tax-exempt groups that have transformed the U.S. political landscape in recent years by harnessing hundreds of millions of dollars in anonymous donations to influence U.S. elections.
WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Janet Yellen picked up some more U.S. Senate support Wednesday on the eve of a vote in the Senate Banking Committee that is expected to approve her nomination to lead the U.S. The committee is set to vote at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday on whether to send her name to the full Senate for consideration.
WASHINGTON, Nov 6- A senior Democratic senator who served as a lead author of President Barack Obama's healthcare law criticized the administration on Wednesday for failing to alert lawmakers to problems that led to the program's troubled rollout.