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  • Key Obama-backed trade bill fails House vote Friday, 12 Jun 2015 | 4:29 PM ET
    The US Capitol building

    The House overwhelmingly defeated the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill—a necessary step for trade promotion authority.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security possible Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2015.

    House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down because of a budget impasse.

  • Obama drops proposal to tax 529 savings plans Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:37 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015.

    A White House official called the proposal to tax 529 college savings plans a "distraction" and said there are other ways to raise revenue.

  • Progressive Democrats and the 2016 conundrum Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 11:49 AM ET
    Elizabeth Warren and Antonio Weiss

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren's knockout of Treasury nominee Antonio Weiss carries consequences for the 2016 general election, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Look for Dems to battle for party's future in 2015 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (5th L) speaks to members of the media as (L-R) Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) listen after a Democratic Senate leadership election at the U.S. Capitol Nov. 13, 2014.

    Liberals will clash with the administration and more moderate Democrats to define the party's future, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Pelosi in last-ditch effort to block spending bill Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:34 PM ET
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, in this Dec. 5, 2014 photo.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mounted a last-ditch effort to block a spending bill, sparking fresh fears of a looming government shutdown.

  • Websites slow down in Net Neutrality protest Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:33 PM ET
    Computer screen displaying loading bar

    Dozens of internet companies are holding a symbolic slowdown today in protest of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's net neutrality proposal. Re/code reports.

  • Why Obamacare desperately needs watchdog: US rep Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    With Obamacare predicted to generate more than a trillion in taxpayer spending, one U.S. representative thinks it's time for an inspector general.

  • Obamacare's new test starts on New Year's Day Sunday, 29 Dec 2013 | 4:02 PM ET
    A couple speaks with an insurance agent as they try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Miami, Florida.

    New Year's Day will bring a fresh test for President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, as hundreds of thousands of Americans will begin to use the program's new medical coverage for the first time.

  • Not everyone vowing to avoid another govt shutdown Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 7:53 AM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Leaders from both parties insist a new government shutdown must be avoided although a plan to dodge it is still elusive and Sen. Ted Cruz is urging a repeat.