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  • "I urge the Senate to allow us to act and pass it this week," he said, urging lawmakers to allow a vote on the bill before leaving for a four-week recess at the end of the week. But privacy concerns stalled the measure in the Senate despite strong support from corporations that see it as a key to preventing more cyber attacks like the high-profile assaults on Sony...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- Dreams that a cap-and-trade market could become a force for lowering carbon emissions died in the U.S. Senate in 2010, scuttled by politics and a bad economy. Northeast and California that already have carbon markets by giving them credit for their early actions. "To understate it, there has been a reticence to discuss cap and trade policies in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. The Clean Power Plan is intended to be a key part of the president's legacy on global warming, which he pledged...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama's unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both...

  • WASHINGTON— Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states. Yet it will be up to Obama's successor to implement his plan, which has faced steep Republican...

  • NEW YORK— President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact are unlikely to end in a final deal, sources involved in the talks said on Friday, with a dispute between Japan and the United States over autos, New Zealand digging in over trade in dairy products and no agreement on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations...

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy...

  • House votes to provide money for highways, transit Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House backed a bill that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29, and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. The Senate plans to take up the House bill before a midnight Friday deadline, when authority for the Transportation Department to...

  • With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects. Late on Monday, the Senate demonstrated strong support for renewing the Ex-Im Bank, whose charter expired on June 30, by attaching a...

  • WASHINGTON— A Democratic senator skeptical of broad government surveillance objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert U.S. authorities of any terrorist activity. The proposal had been tucked into a broader bill authorizing intelligence programs throughout the 2016...

  • The new plan leaves the Senate few options but to pass the short-term extension or face a disruption in federally funded road and mass transit projects starting on Aug. 1. The Senate late on Monday voted to attach a revival of the government trade bank, idled since July 1, to a six-year transportation spending plan that identifies funding for about three years'...

  • WASHINGTON— The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:. The House announced plans Tuesday to pass a three-month highway extension that does not include an Export-Import Bank provision— and then adjourn for the summer.

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival. "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • Why Ted Cruz called Mitch McConnell a liar Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 AM ET
    Sen. Ted Cruz.

    In a rare and fiery weekend session, the Senate voted to resurrect the Export-Import Bank, handing GOP conservatives a major defeat. The NYT reports.

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- The U.S. Senate voted on Sunday to advance legislation that would revive the federal Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30 and was not renewed by Congress, with conservative Republicans pushing to shut down the bank for good. By a vote of 67-26, the Senate, in a rare Sunday session, limited debate on a measure that would...