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  • WASHINGTON, June 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday delivered a blow, though perhaps a temporary one, to President Barack Obama's signature goal of strengthening ties with Asia when it defeated one measure, but approved another important to finishing a Pacific Rim trade pact. That was quickly followed by the House's narrow approval of a separate...

  • WASHINGTON, June 12- President Barack Obama made a last-ditch personal appeal to congressional Democrats to back his trade agenda on Friday as his goal of strengthening U.S. economic ties with Asia hung in the balance. Hours before divided lawmakers were due to vote on legislation central to his hallmark Pacific Rim trade deal, Obama visited Capitol Hill with...

  • WASHINGTON, June 11- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday will debate a package of bills central to President Barack Obama's push for a Pacific Rim trade pact, with considerable doubt still lingering about the outcome expected by week's end. The core of the debate is a bill, already approved by the Senate, that would give Obama "fast-track" trade...

  • House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged both parties to back legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress in a vote his office confirmed would be this week. Some Republicans want concessions from the White House before pledging support for the bill, allowing lawmakers to set negotiating objectives for trade deals like...

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- U.S. lawmakers said they have reached a deal on funding to help workers who lose their jobs due to trade, possibly clearing the way for a vote on legislation key to President Barack Obama's signature Pacific trade pact as early as Friday. Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have made progress on legislation related...

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- The discovery of scores of graves in people-smuggling camps in Malaysia is casting a shadow over President Barack Obama's signature trade deal as U.S. lawmakers consider punishing trading partners that are soft on human trafficking. When Menendez, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was asked if he still...

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- The discovery of scores of graves in people-smuggling camps in Malaysia is casting a shadow over President Barack Obama's signature trade deal as U.S. lawmakers consider punishing trading partners that are soft on human trafficking. That compromise would have replaced Menendez's tougher language, currently in a Senate- passed bill...

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- The U.S. Congress is "within striking distance" of collecting enough votes to pass legislation critical to a major Asian trade pact, House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said on Thursday. But more support for the Trade Promotion Authority bill is still needed, and senior Republicans and Democrats accused each...

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- U.S. House of Representatives Republicans must provide at least 200 votes, of 218 needed, for passage of a controversial fast-track trade bill, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.

  • *Senate backs import duties for currency manipulators. Just two days after Democrats defied Obama to block debate on a bill to "fast-track" trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal through Congress, the Senate voted 65 to 33 to move ahead with consideration of the measure. Strong support for the bill on this second go-round suggests senators...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she had concerns over the duration of a bill in Congress to give President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. The bill would let Congress vote to approve or reject trade deals but not change individual provisions. She did not say whether...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she had concerns over the time frame for a bill in Congress to give President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. The bill would let Congress vote to approve or reject trade deals but not change individual provisions.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation central to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to his party. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation key to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to Democrats. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan, said he...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- The leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday she supported planned legislation to speed trade deals through Congress while requiring enforceable currency provisions to future pacts. The statement followed Democratic Representative Sander Levin's announcement that he would offer an...

  • President Barack Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a "good deal" as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose. "It's a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO, March 26- Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to fix a Medicare formula that threatens to slash payments to doctors every year. The so-called "doc fix" would replace the cuts with a multipronged approach that will be expensive and will have Medicare beneficiaries pay part of the bill. There are better places to go for the money, such as allowing...

  • Surprise! Something positive from Congress Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, answers questions during a press conference on Capitol Hill, July 24, 2014, in Washington.

    A bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare bucks the popular impression that Washington can't accomplish anything at all.