WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress will soon embark on a high-stakes budget negotiation with President Barack Obama that, if productive, could give Republicans the increased military spending they want and Democrats the increased domestic spending they seek.
Alternatively, the federal government could shut down.
Scenarios in between these extremes are also possible, but congressional aides said outcomes were hard to predict since little behind-the-scenes progress was made on thorny issues during Congress’s five-week summer recess. It ends Sept. 8.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is gradually building support in the U.S. Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it.
Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either the House of Representatives or the Senate to prevent Republicans from killing the nuclear deal announced in July.
By Richard Cowan and Paul Lienert
(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Thursday called on Japanese
auto supplier Takata Corp to immediately recall all
vehicles containing the company’s air bags, a demand that could
affect more than 50 million cars on U.S. roads.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey, both
Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating
problems with Takata air bags that can rupture and spew metal
shards at vehicle occupants. The defective air bags have been
connected with at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez blasted the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, vowing to oppose it in defiance of President Barack Obama, who picked up much-needed support for the deal from two other Senate Democrats.
As September voting on the agreement in the U.S. Congress neared, Menendez, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, became the second senior lawmaker from Obama’s own party to announce he would vote to kill the pact with Tehran.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez, who is widely expected to oppose a proposed nuclear deal with Iran, is set on Tuesday to formally announce his position on the pact.
Congress is poised to vote in September on the U.S.-led international agreement. As proposed by President Barack Obama and other world powers, the deal aims to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the country.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. civil rights leader and former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, who emerged as one of the pre-eminent student activists in America’s turbulent 1960s, died on Saturday aged 75.
Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement, without giving the cause of death. Bond was the civil rights organization’s first president.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women’s healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research.
Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, reinvigorating America’s debate about abortion as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up.
WASHINGTON, August 3 (Reuters) – Women’s health group Planned Parenthood, under attack by anti-abortionists posting hidden-camera videos online, will be the focus of a partisan showdown on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with any wider influence on voters from the charge still unclear.
Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. The effort followed the release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, that have reinvigorated America’s abortion debate as the 2016 presidential campaign shifts into high gear.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women’s health.
The Republican plan to take $500 million a year from Planned Parenthood and give it to the likes of hospitals and community health centers was criticized by family planning experts who said it showed a lack of understanding of how women’s health services work.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a rapidly shifting battle, Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday prepared to pass a three-month highway funding extension while leaving the idled Export-Import Bank’s fate hanging at least into September.
With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects.