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  • Republicans eliminated the proposal from a multi-year surface transportation bill, after coming under pressure from the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers, whose support they need for passage of the legislation, Senate aides said on Wednesday. In late June, the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce Committee voted to repeal the requirement...

  • Republicans eliminated the proposal from a multi-year surface transportation bill, after coming under pressure from the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers, whose support they need for passage of the legislation, Senate aides said on Wednesday. In late June, the Republican-controlled Senate Commerce Committee voted to repeal the requirement...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. lawmakers announced a bipartisan Senate transportation bill on Tuesday that would provide three years of funding for America's highways, bridges and rail systems, creating the possibility of the first multi-year highway bill in more than decade. The legislation is expected to dominate Senate deliberations over the next several...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields. On Wednesday, the panel will decide whether to send the measure to the full...

  • The agency's head used a Senate hearing on Tuesday to again make the case for more funding, arguing the NHTSA has been overwhelmed by a record-setting run of large-scale safety recalls, including replacing about 34 million potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata Corp.. Lawmakers of both parties, however, said the agency needs to reform itself...

  • June 23- U.S. auto safety regulators said on Tuesday their estimate for the millions of vehicles affected by the Takata Corp air bag recall will likely be revised because cars with two front air bags were double-counted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come under fire for failing early on to catch the defective Takata air bag inflators,...

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday extended until late July a deadline for a second vote on legislation central to President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade pact, giving supporters time to obtain more backing for it. At the same time, the delay will squeeze the time frame for Obama to hammer out the 12- nation pact, a signature project that was dealt a...

  • WASHINGTON, May 13- Republican U.S. Senator John Thune said on Wednesday stripping currency manipulation rules out of trade legislation would be a good move and passage of a customs bill would be easier without those rules. "I think that would be great, I think that's kind of a deal-breaker," he told reporters.

  • The Senate could vote on a Trade Promotion Authority bill to speed deals through Congress as early as next week, when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of Congress. Japan is a key partner in the 12- nation Trans Pacific Partnership, and supporters of a deal say that countries negotiating with Washington want to be sure that concessions...

  • Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

  • What 'American Sniper' says about 2016 election Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:39 AM ET
    Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"

    Hey, 2016 presidential candidates — Are you paying attention to what "American Sniper" is telling you?

  • Wait! Don't raise gas taxes just yet Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:55 PM ET
    A customer puts gas into a vehicle at the U-gas station in Miami.

    Gas prices may be at their lowest in five years but wait just a second before you go raising gas taxes, says Jake Novak.

  • Is the minimum wage fair? Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Protestors in favor of increasing the minimum wage, March 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

    The federal minimum wage has been below what it should be to keep a family afloat. Should it be raised and how much?

  • Sen. Thune: Union waiver sticks Americans with the bill

    Sen. John Thune, (R-SD), discusses the latest Obamacare change that says many union health plans will be exempt from Obamacare's reinsurance fee, forcing everyone else to pay extra to cover unions.

  • Sioux Falls braces for crowds at McGovern services Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's largest city is welcoming political figures, family and friends in town to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, a legend in state's political history who died Sunday at age 90..