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  • U.S. officials are lobbying lawmakers to support legislation allowing the White House to submit trade deals to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, without amendments, in exchange for setting negotiating goals. "I think there's still work that needs to be done to make sure that people are comfortable in knowing there's adequate transparency, and understanding and...

  • The bill comes on top of efforts to include rules against deliberate weakening of currencies in a Pacific trade agreement and in upcoming legislation to fast track trade deals through Congress. Graham joined nine other lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress in introducing legislation putting currency manipulation on a par with export...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- President Barack Obama on Monday revived a proposal to fold the office of the U.S. It comes at a hectic time, with U.S. negotiators hoping to complete work on the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership within months and lawmakers expected soon to consider legislation to streamline the passage of such deals through Congress.

  • In a speech laying out his conditions for supporting trade deals, Republican Orrin Hatch said addressing currency concerns was key to winning lawmakers' support for a bill to fast-track trade agreements through Congress, and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "The administration must engage much more effectively with Congress on this issue if...

  • 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, 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, 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12 Reuters)- U.S. businesses and industry groups urged Congress on Wednesday to give the White House authority to fast-track trade deals before the end of the year, saying it was a critical tool to complete major trade deals. It was signed by companies including Apple Inc, Boeing Co, Exxon Mobil Corp, FedEx Corp, General Electric Co, Pfizer Inc and...

  • Republican knives out for Obama's medical devices tax Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    Last week's elections will elevate Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, a long-standing opponent of the tax, to the chairmanship of the tax-writing finance committee in the Senate. Though no full-scale repeal of Obamacare is expected, even with the Senate under Republican control, the move against the device tax is part of efforts to chip away at the law.