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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic and Republican tax law writers on Wednesday both urged colleagues to renew a set of expired federal tax breaks, many of which support renewable energy. "We are optimistic that Congress will pass tax extenders," said David Ward, spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

  • Senator Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the tax-writing Finance Committee, said billionaire investor Warren Buffett called him recently to find out what Congress might do about companies that move abroad for tax purposes.

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- Immediate government action is needed to stop U.S. corporations from avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas through deals known as inversions, the head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The top Democratic and Republican tax writers in the U.S. Senate announced on Thursday a $10.8 billion plan to extend federal funding for transportation projects into the summer of 2015, roughly matching legislation moving through the House of Representatives.

  • During a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, the panel's Democratic chairman and its ranking Republican member described Nathan Sheets as well qualified to be the Treasury's under secretary for international affairs.

  • Hammering away at the White House and the IRS over the 2013 affair, a handful of Republicans accused the Obama administration of obstructing congressional probes and renewed calls for the naming of an independent prosecutor. The IRS had no immediate comment.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The threat of U.S. tax revenue losses from Medtronic Inc's plan to buy rival Covidien Plc and move its base to Ireland is stoking concerns from lawmakers and the Obama administration about corporate tax "inversion" deals.

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama's new health secretary, making her chiefly responsible for implementing the controversial healthcare law known as Obamacare.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- A senior Democratic U.S. senator said on Thursday he would take the time needed to put together a bill granting the White House power to fast-track trade agreements while Republicans called for swift action.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- The United States has resisted lobbying by U.S. drug and pharmaceutical companies to take tougher trade action against India for its intellectual property policies, deciding against risking ties with a likely new government in New Delhi.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- The United States named China and India on a watch list for countries that aren't doing enough to fight intellectual-property crimes, warning of trade-secret theft in China and the proliferation of generic drugs and counterfeiting in India.

  • Sebelius to get grilled again over health care law Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 6:57 AM ET
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website in October 2013.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is returning to Capitol Hill for a fresh interrogation on the health care law.

  • Boehner: Debt ceiling increase in return for talks Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks with members of the House Republican leadership during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following a meeting of the House Republican conference October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Speaker Boehner said that the GOP would offer a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in return for discussions with Obama on the budget and deficit.

  • FBI Opens Criminal Probe of US Tax Agency Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 6:06 AM ET

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups.

  • Treasury Nominee Lew Denies Conflict of Interest Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 3:38 PM ET
    Jack Lew speaks during his confirmation hearing.

    The top Republican lawmaker vetting Jack Lew to serve as Treasury secretary zeroed on his work at Citigroup as a possible conflict of interest.

  • Sen. Hatch on Chances of Reaching Debt Deal     Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) weighs in on whether Republicans will budge on raising taxes on the top two percent of taxpayers, and the odds of reaching a deal by the end of the year.

  • FACTBOX-20 key players in U.S. 'fiscal cliff' drama Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 2- After the Nov. 6 elections, urgent tax and spending issues must be addressed, forcing Washington's power players to make some tough decisions before the end of the year. Regardless of who wins the Nov. 6 presidential election, Obama will be in the White House during the final months of 2012 when the ``fiscal cliff'' must be dealt with.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- A U.S. government agency has withdrawn a report that challenged Republican ideas about taxes and economic growth- an action that drew fire from Democrats who accused it on Thursday of bowing to political pressure.

  • Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Thomas Barthold wrote in the letter to lawmakers that he conducted an "experiment" after meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee about tax reform in September.