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Jul 10, 2015

U.S. weighs completing Pacific Rim trade deal without Canada: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, frustrated over the lack of progress with Canada over new rules for agriculture trade, is weighing “contingencies” that could include completing a Pacific Rim trade pact that excludes Canada, according to two sources familiar with the issue.

One official familiar with the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiation said Canada is not coming forward with plans to lower its barriers to agricultural trade.

Jun 29, 2015

Exclusive – McCain: U.S. should spurn Russia rocket engines despite SpaceX failure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The failure of a SpaceX rocket over Florida on Sunday should not lead U.S. officials back to Russia to look for a rocket engine that can get military equipment into space, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Monday.

“This mishap in no way diminishes the urgency of ridding ourselves of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine,” McCain said in a statement.

Jun 29, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. should spurn Russia rocket engines despite SpaceX failure – McCain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The failure of a SpaceX rocket over Florida on Sunday should not lead U.S. officials back to Russia to look for a rocket engine that can get military equipment into space, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Monday.

“This mishap in no way diminishes the urgency of ridding ourselves of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine,” McCain said in a statement.

Jun 29, 2015

McCain: U.S. should spurn Russia rocket engines despite SpaceX failure

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The failure of a SpaceX
rocket over Florida on Sunday should not lead U.S. officials
back to Russia to look for a rocket engine that can get military
equipment into space, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman
John McCain said on Monday.

“This mishap in no way diminishes the urgency of ridding
ourselves of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine,” McCain said in a
statement.

Jun 26, 2015

Some Republican 2016 hopefuls condemn high court’s gay marriage ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the Republican Party’s presidential candidates reacted angrily to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, despite a shift in public opinion in recent years towards acceptance of it.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is among more than a dozen people seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election, called the court’s decision a “grave mistake.”

Jun 25, 2015

House approves aid for workers hit by trade deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to renew assistance for American workers hurt by liberalized trade, an important step in President Barack Obama’s drive for a massive Pacific Rim trade deal.

Without action by Congress, the worker aid program would have expired on Sept. 30, just as the Obama administration could be trying to wrap up a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy and ranging from Chile to Japan.

Jun 24, 2015

U.S. Congress victory moves Obama’s Pacific trade pact forward

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers approved
legislation key to securing a hallmark Pacific trade deal by a
comfortable margin on Wednesday, advancing President Barack
Obama’s efforts to strengthen U.S. economic ties with Asia.

After a six-week congressional battle including two brushes
with failure, some fancy legislative footwork and myriad
backroom deals to keep the legislation alive, the Senate voted
60 to 38 to grant Obama the power to negotiate trade deals and
send them on a fast track through Congress. The bill next goes
to Obama for his signature.

Jun 24, 2015

Obama’s push for Pacific trade pact nears finish in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s bid to boost U.S. economic ties with Asia was poised for a win on Wednesday, when a six-week congressional battle will culminate in a decisive Senate vote on legislation needed to seal his hallmark Pacific Rim trade deal.

After two brushes with failure, some fancy legislative footwork and myriad backroom deals to keep the legislation alive, lawmakers are expected to grant Obama the power to negotiate trade deals and send them on a fast track through Congress.

Jun 24, 2015

Senate pushes Obama’s Pacific Rim trade pact forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s call for “fast-track” trade negotiating authority to help him strike a Pacific Rim deal cleared a key hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, paving the way for a final vote on the legislation on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Senate was likely to vote to grant Obama the power to speed trade deals through Congress, including his Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If that happens, the fast-track measure would then go to the White House for Obama’s signature.

Jun 23, 2015

Obama’s Pacific trade pact progresses on U.S. Senate vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s quest for a Pacific Rim trade deal to strengthen U.S. ties with Asia advanced on Tuesday, with the Senate moving toward a final vote on granting Obama the power to speed trade agreements through Congress.

Senate approval of “fast-track” negotiating authority for the president was likely to follow on Wednesday. That would move the trade package closer to completion, but a hurdle on a related measure remained in the House of Representatives.

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