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  • Lifting the 40- year ban on oil exports is the top priority in a $1.15 trillion spending bill for many Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, because it would offer new markets to drillers suffering from a glut of crude that has helped reduce oil prices to below $40 a barrel. Hatch was unable to guarantee that Congress will be...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 14- Congressional leaders inched closer on Monday to agreeing to repeal the U.S. oil export ban with debate focused on whether small crude refiners and renewable energy would benefit from any deal, Senate aides said. Lifting the 40- year ban on oil exports is the top priority in a $1.15 trillion spending bill for many Republicans, including Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate said on Tuesday he has told lawmakers to plan to work this weekend to wrap up legislation to fund the government and extend expiring tax provisions.

  • Congress was spurred in part by a 2001 Washington Post investigation of flaws in the District of Columbia's child protection system. Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, sponsored a bill signed into law this year that calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to examine what can be done to combat...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- When Congress adopted the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act in 2003, the intent- spelled out in the law- was to ensure protection for drug-dependent newborns, not to punish mothers battling addiction. "If you're in a state where a report is made and social services are great, they're going to help this mom and get home health care, then that's...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. federal court that will weigh whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will not make a decision until after United Nations climate change talks conclude in mid-December, according to a court order issued on Thursday. The EPA's Clean Power Plan is a key measure to help the United States meet the...

  • The House's big day: Budget vote, Ryan nomination Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 8:27 AM ET
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    The House is poised to vote on a two-year budget truce and Republicans are set to nominate Rep. Paul Ryan as the chamber's new speaker.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to renew the Export-Import Bank's charter on Tuesday, but the path for the trade lender's ultimate revival remained unclear in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes it. House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling had blocked EXIM renewal legislation for...

  • U.S. House passes bill to revive Export-Import Bank Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015 | 6:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 27- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to renew the Export-Import Bank's charter on Tuesday, but the path for the trade lender's ultimate revival remained unclear in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes it. The House voted 313-118 to put EXIM back in business writing new loans and guarantees for U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- The House of Representatives was poised to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter on Tuesday, but the trade lender's future remained clouded as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not devote any more floor time to it. Conservative Republicans in Congress and outside conservative political groups have mounted a...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he would not devote any more floor time to legislation renewing the Export-Import Bank's charter, adding that the path forward for the trade lender's supporters is to try to attach it to a transportation funding bill.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- Nearly half of the U.S. Senate supports a resolution to challenge the Obama administration's regulation cutting carbon emissions from power plants, the core of the United States' broader climate change strategy, sponsors of the measure said on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, backed a resolution...

  • Ex-Im bank moves a step closer to revival Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015 | 8:11 AM ET
    The building that houses the Export-Import Bank is shown in this photo.

    The move effectively bypasses House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, who has fought to close the U.S. Export-Import bank.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- The dormant U.S. The move effectively bypasses House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, who has fought to close EXIM and has blocked legislation to revive it. Opponents of the trade bank accuse it of providing taxpayer-funded "corporate welfare" for wealthy corporations including aerospace giant Boeing Co and...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders raced to finalize a sweeping two-year budget deal and an extension of the federal debt ceiling until March 2017 before Boehner transfers power to his expected successor, Paul Ryan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in remarks on the Senate floor, hinted that a budget and...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- U.S. lawmakers will begin voting on Monday on legislation to revive the shuttered Export-Import Bank, a spokeswoman for a leading Republican backer of the bank said on Friday. The petition has support from 218 lawmakers, a majority of the chamber, including 42 Republicans, effectively overruling House Financial Services Committee Chairman...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he believes there are enough votes in the U.S. Senate to override a veto of a $612 billion defense bill, as the two U.S. political parties intensified their war of words over the legislation. The NDAA was passed by the Senate on Oct. 7 and the House on Oct. 1. If Obama vetoes the measure,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The top U.S. oil refiner industry group told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday it opposes any subsidies for renewable energy or other interests that would be potentially included in a package to lift the ban on most exports of domestic oil. "I respectfully ask that you oppose any effort to provide subsidies, impose new mandates,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday began debating a long-delayed bill that would make it easier for corporations to share information about cyber attacks with each other or the government without concern about lawsuits. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate could pass the bill within days. Dozens of industry and...

  • The NDAA was passed by the Senate on Oct. 7 and the House on Oct. 1. If Obama vetoes the measure, Republicans are not expected to muster the two-thirds majority that would be needed in both the Senate and House of Representatives for an override. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, said the veto would be sustained in the House, which would hold its vote before the...