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  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Bipartisan talks on how to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress are deadlocked and legislation is unlikely to come up for debate before April, a senior Republican senator said on Tuesday, tightening the timeframe to finish a Pacific trade pact before the U.S. election season. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said talks on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Bipartisan talks on a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress are "stuck" over Democratic demands, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance said on Tuesday.

  • U.S. Senate committee postpones hearing on trade Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 25- A key U.S. Senate committee postponed a hearing planned for Thursday on trade and its chairman said talks were continuing on the final form of a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said he was still in discussions with the top Democrat on the panel, Ron...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 24- A meeting aimed at sealing a Pacific trade deal has been called for April, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday, adding he was hopeful it would be finalized in the next few months. "I am very optimistic that there will be good news for the TPP in the first half of this year," Mexico's Ildefonso Guajardo told Reuters. On Jan. 22, Guajardo said a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The Obama administration has no way to repair the damage that would result from a Supreme Court decision against Obamacare that would make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans, a top health adviser said on Tuesday. The Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on whether residents in at least 34 U.S. states are eligible for...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting...

  • Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21- President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, an agreement that would...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Chief negotiators for a Pacific trade deal will meet in Hawaii for talks in the second week of March, the U.S. trade office said on Friday, a move which potentially pushes back the timing of a final agreement on the pact. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Feb. 5 he hoped to reach agreement on the bulk of the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Chief negotiators for a Pacific trade deal will meet in Hawaii for talks in the second week of March, a source familiar with the planning of the meeting said on Friday, potentially pushing back the timing of a final agreement on the pact. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Feb. 5 he hoped to reach agreement on the bulk of the...

  • U.S. officials are lobbying lawmakers to support legislation allowing the White House to submit trade deals to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, without amendments, in exchange for setting negotiating goals. "I think there's still work that needs to be done to make sure that people are comfortable in knowing there's adequate transparency, and understanding and...

  • The bill comes on top of efforts to include rules against deliberate weakening of currencies in a Pacific trade agreement and in upcoming legislation to fast track trade deals through Congress. Graham joined nine other lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress in introducing legislation putting currency manipulation on a par with export...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- President Barack Obama on Monday revived a proposal to fold the office of the U.S. It comes at a hectic time, with U.S. negotiators hoping to complete work on the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership within months and lawmakers expected soon to consider legislation to streamline the passage of such deals through Congress.

  • 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.

  • Sen. Hatch on Chances of Reaching Debt Deal Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 3:45 PM ET
    Sen. Hatch on Chances of Reaching Debt Deal

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) weighs in on whether Republicans will budge on raising taxes on the top two percent of taxpayers, and the odds of reaching a deal by the end of the year.

  • FACTBOX-20 key players in U.S. 'fiscal cliff' drama Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 2- After the Nov. 6 elections, urgent tax and spending issues must be addressed, forcing Washington's power players to make some tough decisions before the end of the year. Regardless of who wins the Nov. 6 presidential election, Obama will be in the White House during the final months of 2012 when the ``fiscal cliff'' must be dealt with.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- A U.S. government agency has withdrawn a report that challenged Republican ideas about taxes and economic growth- an action that drew fire from Democrats who accused it on Thursday of bowing to political pressure.