WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline that will help transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week.
The bills would circumvent the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been pending for more than six years.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline that will help transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but the bill still faces hurdles to final passage.
The House planned to begin debating the bill, which is expected to pass that chamber, on Thursday. The legislation would circumvent the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been pending for more than six years.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer watchdog on Thursday proposed new rules requiring prepaid product companies to disclose fees and offer other protections to people who buy their cards.
Consumers use prepaid products to load money into accounts that can be used to make payments or get cash. Some people use the products because they do not have a bank account, while others use them to control their spending.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. bank regulator on Wednesday fined three top banks a total of $950 million for failing to prevent employees’ misconduct in foreign exchange trading.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed to pay $250 million, and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Citigroup Inc (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would each pay $350 million.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Richard Shelby appears poised to retake his old job as head of the Senate Banking Committee after big Republican electoral wins, likely bringing tougher scrutiny of the Federal Reserve, big banks and housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
But his ability to drastically revamp financial regulation or eliminate the two government-controlled mortgage companies would be limited with Washington still closely divided even after the elections handed control of the Senate to the Republicans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats hoped women voters would help them weather a tough election year, but weariness with President Barack Obama and disgust with relentless partisan warfare in Washington prompted many to abandon the party they had backed two years earlier.
In a bitter election marked by record spending, Obama’s Democrats battled a powerful headwind of frustration among women voters who said they had grown tired of the relentless attack ads on TV and unceasing warfare between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Wall Street donors are
opening their wallets to back the Republican fight for control
of the U.S. Senate in November’s election, and financial
services has emerged again as the highest spending sector,
according to campaign finance reports.
But widespread skepticism about accomplishing various
financial sector policy priorities, such as scaling back the
2010 Dodd-Frank law or enacting business-friendly tax reforms,
amid Washington’s paralysis has dampened the excitement of some
traditional financial industry donors, such as big banks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Friday on that prior to the 2008 bailout of American International Group (AIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), he was concerned that the insurer “was on the brink of default” and not about punishing AIG.
Bernanke’s comments came in a fifth day of testimony by former top government officials, who mean to convince a federal judge that their actions in rescuing the insurance company were legal.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the Obama administration clamped down last month on companies that reincorporate abroad to escape high U.S. taxes, it did not address a tax-dodging technique known as “earnings stripping,” leaving some to wonder if it is the next target.
Earnings stripping is widely practiced and covers a range of financial dealings that shrink the taxable U.S. profits of multinationals, including those that have moved their tax domiciles abroad in “inversion” deals and others.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday announced plans to study the potential effects of forcing big insurance companies to meet tough funding restrictions required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.
The Wall Street oversight law directed regulators to identify big non-bank financial firms that could pose risks to the U.S. financial system. Those companies are regulated by the Fed and must meet capital requirements comparable to those for big U.S. banks.