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  • *Fast-track legislation clears Senate procedural hurdle. *Senate vote of 60-37 shows solid support base. On Wednesday, the Senate was likely to vote to grant Obama the power to speed trade deals through Congress, including his Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. export lender heads for partial shutdown Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 23- Democrats warned on Tuesday U.S. businesses face a "huge disruption" if the Export-Import Bank partially shuts down at the end of the month, putting new trade finance deals on ice. The U.S. Congress has no plans to hold a vote on extending the charter of the U.S. export credit agency before going on a week-long break, meaning it is likely to expire on...

  • Senate vote of 60-37 shows solid support base. WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama's quest for a Pacific Rim trade deal to strengthen U.S. ties with Asia advanced on Tuesday, with the Senate moving toward a final vote on granting Obama the power to speed trade agreements through Congress. That just barely satisfied the 60- vote threshold needed after two...

  • *Senate vote 60-37 shows solid support base. WASHINGTON, June 23- President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade pact moved closer to a final U.S. Congress vote, with lawmakers agreeing on Tuesday to limit debate on legislation that would grant Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress. A Senate vote on the legislation, known as fast-track negotiating...

  • President Barack Obama' s signature Pacific trade pact faces another test in the Senate on Tuesday as legislation needed to close the deal returns for a second run through the chamber. Although the measure passed the Senate a month ago on a vote of 62-37, including backing from 14 Democrats, some may withdraw support. It took two attempts to pass this same...

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he believes there will be sufficient votes in the chamber to separately pass a "fast track" trade negotiating bill and a worker aid bill. McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said he has started procedural steps to take up the trade promotion authority bill passed by the House...

  • House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the statement as they maneuvered to stage votes on bills important to President Barack Obama's trade agenda, especially in Asia.

  • WASHINGTON, June 15- Hopes of reviving the White House's drive for a Pacific trade pact looked increasingly uncertain on Monday as no clear path forward for it in Congress emerged and presidential contender Hillary Clinton said her fellow Democrats' concerns with the pact were legitimate. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said key...

  • Cyber security measure blocked in U.S. Senate Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 11- The U.S. Senate failed on Thursday to advance legislation to strengthen protections against cyber attacks, as Democrats banded together to oppose the measure's inclusion in a defense policy bill President Barack Obama has threatened to veto. It was the third time in three years that the Senate has failed to advance bipartisan cyber...

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- U.S. lawmakers urged Congress on Friday to pass legislation permitting sharing of cyber threat information between companies and the government, after one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks. We need to act quickly, "said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a co-sponsor of the" Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act "and the leading...

  • HARLAN COUNTY, KY, June 4- When Dan Mosley became head of Kentucky's Harlan County government this year, he promised- like those elected before him- to defend the state's beleaguered coal industry. Talk of an economic transition remains difficult in eastern Kentucky, where you can still spot bumper stickers that read "Mine Every Lump" and statues honor coal miners.

  • NSA's phone record spy program lapses Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 6:45 AM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The agency lost its authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the program.

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:56 AM ET
    Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • Can you hear me now? NSA to end phone snooping Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:19 PM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The NSA has begun winding down its collection and storage of U.S. phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly rejected a push by some lawmakers to include rules to punish currency manipulators, a...

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass fast-track trade bill Friday Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. They were joined by 49 of 54...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Export-Import Bank moved a step closer to avoiding closure on Thursday as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold a vote on renewing its charter in June. The decision gives Congress a legislative vehicle to start considering the fate of the federal export credit lender, with conservative House of Representatives...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. Thirteen of 44 Democrats...

  • *Senate vote xx to xx shows solid/weak support base. Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second...