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Jul 14, 2015

Senate vote on Iran deal not expected until September: Senator Corker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday he does not expect the full Senate to vote on the Iran nuclear deal before September, after Congress returns from its August recess.

Corker told Reuters in a telephone interview that it was too early to decide how Congress would react to the nuclear deal but said there is “bipartisan concern” about the agreement reached in Vienna on Tuesday.

Jul 14, 2015

U.S. Senate vote on Iran deal not expected until September -Senator Corker

WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – Republican Senator Bob
Corker, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
said on Tuesday he does not expect the full Senate to vote on
the Iran nuclear deal before September, after Congress returns
from its August recess.

Corker told Reuters in a telephone interview that it was too
early to decide how Congress would react to the nuclear deal but
said there is “bipartisan concern” about the agreement reached
in Vienna on Tuesday.

Jul 14, 2015

Iran deal faces fight in Congress, but will likely survive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nuclear deal between world powers and Iran starts a new phase of intense negotiation – this time between the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress, where some Republicans have long been working to sink an agreement.

Any effort in Congress to overturn the deal would face an uphill fight. Republicans have majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate, but they would need the support of dozens of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats to sustain a “resolution of disapproval” that could cripple a deal.

Jul 9, 2015

Millions more of Americans hit by government personnel data hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data breaches at the U.S. government’s personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said data stolen from its computer networks included Social Security numbers and other sensitive information on 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances.

Jul 9, 2015

25 million records affected by hacking: U.S. personnel office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday that hackers had stolen sensitive information – including Social Security numbers – of about 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances since 2000.

Those exposed included 19.7 million people who applied for the clearances, plus 1.8 million non-applicants, mostly spouses or co-habitants of applicants, OPM said.

Jul 9, 2015

U.S. personnel office – more than 25 million records affected by hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday that hackers had stolen sensitive information – including Social Security numbers – of about 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances since 2000.

Those exposed included 19.7 million people who applied for the clearances, plus 1.8 million non-applicants, mostly spouses or co-habitants of applicants, OPM said.

Jul 6, 2015

Hoax letter to Russian media seeks to tie U.S. senator to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A forger sent a hoax letter to Russian media in an apparent bid to convince journalists that a senior U.S. lawmaker, Senator Richard Durbin, was trying to tell Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk how to run his government, Durbin’s office said on Monday.

The hoaxer wrote to Yatsenyuk on what appeared to be U.S. Senate letterhead, claiming to be Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, a leading American voice on Ukraine-related issues.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. lawmakers lay down ‘red lines’ on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – As talks on an Iran nuclear
deal enter the final stretch, U.S. lawmakers are sharpening
warnings against a “weak” agreement and laying down red lines
that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully
crafted international pact.

Several influential lawmakers said they do not want to see
any sanctions lifted before Tehran begins complying with a deal,
and want a tough verification regime, in which inspectors could
visit Iranian facilities anytime and anywhere.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. lawmakers step up warnings against ‘weak’ Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As talks on an Iran nuclear deal enter the final stretch, U.S. lawmakers are sharpening warnings against a “weak” agreement and laying down red lines that, if crossed, could prompt Congress to trip up a carefully crafted international pact.

Several influential lawmakers said they do not want to see any sanctions lifted before Tehran begins complying with a deal, and want a tough verification regime in which inspectors could visit Iranian facilities anytime and anywhere.

Jun 18, 2015

Democrats block defense spending bill, amid budget fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats blocked the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, part of a campaign to force Republicans to start budget negotiations by refusing to allow any appropriations measure to advance to a final vote.

The 50-45 vote failed to achieve the 60 majority needed to advance to final passage, as every Democrat except Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted not to go ahead with the bill.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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