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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

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.

Jun 23, 2015

Pacific trade pact moves step nearer after Senate vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s Pacific Rim trade pact moved closer to a final U.S. Congress vote, with lawmakers agreeing on Tuesday to limit debate on legislation that would grant Obama authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

A Senate vote on the legislation, known as fast-track negotiating power, was expected on Wednesday. Approval at that stage would send the bill to Obama for review. The debate-limiting motion was approved 60-37.

Jun 23, 2015

Pacific trade pact returns to U.S. Senate for second test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade pact faces another test in the Senate on Tuesday as legislation needed to close the deal returns for a second run through the chamber.

The legislation has already endured six weeks of congressional wrangling and two close brushes with failure after revolts by Obama’s own Democrats, many of whom believe trade deals will threaten U.S. jobs.

Jun 22, 2015

Key Democratic senators back plan for trade legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is headed toward showdown votes this week on legislation key to a Pacific trade pact, and two Democrats essential to passing the measure on Monday said they would support it, although some colleagues may change their votes to oppose the bill.

Senators Ron Wyden and Bill Nelson, two of 14 Democrats who backed a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress last month, said they would again vote “yes” on a measure that has divided their party and put most congressional Democrats at odds with President Barack Obama, also a Democrat.

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