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  • WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. senators struck a bipartisan deal to allow a bill to fast track trade deals through Congress to move in parallel with aid for workers hurt by trade, opening the door to introducing the bill as soon as Wednesday, they said. U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said a deal with the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden, was close.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. lawmakers are close to finalizing details of a bill to speed trade deals through Congress, a move that would seal a sweeping Pacific trade pact that has been more than five years in the making and is a key part of the Obama administration's pivot to Asia. Fast track enables Congress to set negotiating priorities for the administration in...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Wednesday he hopes to reach an agreement by the end of the day on a bipartisan bill to speed trade deals through Congress. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to address a joint meeting of Congress on April 29 and having fast-track in train by then would be a positive sign for the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- Controversial legislation giving President Barack Obama authority to negotiate free-trade deals with other countries under special rules could begin moving through the U.S. Congress in coming weeks, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said on Monday. Hatch, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee that oversees trade, told reporters he was...

  • Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. There is an array of non-tariff barriers in Japan that have effectively closed the Japanese auto market to U.S. producers, "Cutler said in prepared remarks on...

  • March 24- Delays in finalizing U.S. legislation to speed free trade deals through Congress are casting a cloud over a 12- nation trade pact many thought was near completion, officials close to the negotiations said. In conversations with Reuters, officials from six countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership said the lack of clarity over the conditions...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- Bipartisan legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress will probably not be done until next month, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said on Monday. Congress goes on a two-week recess at the end of the week. New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser, who visited Washington last week, said...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- Bipartisan legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress will probably not be done until next month, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said on Monday. Talks on the bill, which would restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting negotiating objectives,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- Bipartisan legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress will probably not be done until next month, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said on Monday. "We will probably have to wait until we get back but if I can get an agreement before, I will do it," Orrin Hatch told reporters.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- U.S. lawmakers should not insist on adding rules against currency manipulation to a Pacific trade pact, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said on Thursday, warning that it could backfire on Washington. Groser told Reuters it was "wholly unrealistic" to think strict currency rules could be included in the 12- nation Trans-Pacific...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said on Monday he is making progress with his Democratic colleagues on a bill to streamline the passage of free-trade deals through Congress. "We're making headway," Hatch told reporters. Hatch has been negotiating with the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden, and the Republican...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said on Monday he is making headway with his Democratic colleagues on a bill to streamline the passage of free-trade deals through Congress. "We're making headway," Hatch told reporters. Hatch has been negotiating with the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden, and the Republican...

  • House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said the Fed's Office of Inspector General reopened the case on March 4, according to the letter, which was sent to Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday. Details of the Federal Open Market Committee's September 2012 meeting were published by Medley Global Advisors in a report to clients on Oct. 3 of that...

  • This is how billionaires enjoy super-low tax rates Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 2:41 PM ET
    Marc Lasry

    A rule lets the wealthy managers of private funds pay about half the tax rate they usually would—and it's unlikely to change soon.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- Unions plan to make lawmakers' support for trade deals and legislation to streamline the passage of trade agreements through Congress an issue in next year's U.S. elections, the head of the country's largest labor federation said on Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said unions would keep a tally of how lawmakers voted on upcoming...

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- A delay in finalizing legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress should not push back the timetable for completing a Pacific trade deal, a senior State Department official said on Friday. Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said this week that talks with Democrats on the...

  • Sebelius to get grilled again over health care law Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 6:57 AM ET
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website in October 2013.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is returning to Capitol Hill for a fresh interrogation on the health care law.

  • Boehner: Debt ceiling increase in return for talks Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks with members of the House Republican leadership during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following a meeting of the House Republican conference October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Speaker Boehner said that the GOP would offer a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in return for discussions with Obama on the budget and deficit.

  • FBI Opens Criminal Probe of US Tax Agency Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 6:06 AM ET

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups.

  • Treasury Nominee Lew Denies Conflict of Interest Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 3:38 PM ET
    Jack Lew speaks during his confirmation hearing.

    The top Republican lawmaker vetting Jack Lew to serve as Treasury secretary zeroed on his work at Citigroup as a possible conflict of interest.