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With a deadline for submissions approaching on Friday, members of Congress and their aides say many Senators are declining to accept the challenge from Democratic Senator Max Baucus and Republican Senator Orrin Hatch. Baucus pleaded on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, July 22- Business groups are pushing the U.S. Congress to pass legislation in the next nine days to prevent tariffs from rising on auto parts, tires, jewelry and other goods from developing countries under a trade benefits program that expires on July 31.
*White House urged to be' full partner' in crafting trade bill. WASHINGTON, July 18- Lawmakers urged the White House on Thursday to step up efforts to win approval of "trade promotion authority," which is needed to wrap up trade deals and to respond to congressional concerns about foreign currency practices.
WASHINGTON, July 17- The head of a powerful U.S. congressional committee on Wednesday outlined a long list of trade legislation that he hoped to get done this year, including renewal of "trade promotion authority" for the White House.
WASHINGTON, July 9- A top Republican senator unveiled legislation on Tuesday that would radically change public pensions by having life insurance companies pay benefits through annuity contracts, helping to alleviate the underfunding that has engulfed many plans.
WASHINGTON, July 9- The U.S. Senate's Republican leader and one of its most liberal members seldom agree on much, but on Tuesday both threw cold water on efforts by senior tax legislators to overhaul the U.S. tax code by starting with a "blank slate."
WASHINGTON, July 9- A powerful U.S. senator would like to use life insurance companies to help alleviate the funding crisis that has engulfed many public pensions.
WASHINGTON, July 2- The U.S. administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law by a year.
WASHINGTON, June 27- The Senate's top Democratic and Republican tax-writers, undertaking a rewrite of the U.S. tax code, on Thursday challenged their Senate colleagues to justify keeping popular tax breaks versus lowering rates.
WASHINGTON, June 27- The Senate's top Democratic and Republican tax-writers, undertaking a rewrite of the U.S. tax code, on Thursday challenged their Senate colleagues to justify keeping popular tax breaks, with the aim of debating legislation after the August recess.
WASHINGTON, June 26- The top Democrat and Republican tax-writers in the U.S. Senate will propose a revamp of the tax code on Thursday that challenges their colleagues to justify retaining some of the country's most cherished tax breaks.
WASHINGTON, June 21- More U.S. senators on Friday raised concerns about a Chinese company's plan to buy U.S. pork company Smithfield Foods Inc, particularly in light of restrictions that China continues to place on imports of U.S. meat.
WASHINGTON, June 21- More U.S. senators on Friday raised concerns about a Chinese company's plan to buy U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc, particularly in light of restrictions that China continues to place on imports of U.S. meat.
June 19- New health insurance exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30 states under President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare overhaul could miss an Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government report said on Wednesday.
June 17- The U.S. Senate's debate over a comprehensive immigration bill is intensifying as proponents consider amendments designed to lure more Republican support and at the same time not alienate Democrats who are now on board. It is a difficult balancing act, especially with a self-imposed deadline of the end of June.
The top Republican lawmaker vetting Jack Lew to serve as Treasury secretary zeroed on his work at Citigroup as a possible conflict of interest.
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.
WASHINGTON, Oct 9- A top Senate Democrat on Tuesday said new tax revenues should go to reducing the federal deficit, not cutting tax rates, dismissing as "obsolete" a Reagan-era model of tax reform.