WASHINGTON/LEMONT, Illinois (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers in both chambers of Congress said Friday they are moving forward with bills introduced this week to pluck the power of approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada’s oil sands to Texas, from the hands of the Obama administration.
Republican Representative Lee Terry from Nebraska introduced a bipartisan bill on Friday to approve TransCanada Corp’s 800,000 barrels per day pipeline, which has been held up in the review process for more than four years.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try to turn the page on bitterly partisan fights over energy policy on Friday, focusing his first energy speech of his second term on proposing a modest new fund to support research.
Obama will tour the Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago known for its groundbreaking research into advanced batteries used in electric cars, and will talk about the need to find more ways to wean cars and trucks off oil, White House officials said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned it may be impossible to reach a deal with congressional Republicans on trimming the budget deficit even as he headed back to Capitol Hill to try to thrash out the issue with his political opponents.
“Ultimately, it may be that the differences are just too wide,” Obama said in an interview with ABC, which aired on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said he is looking for compromise in the coming months to end a two-year fight with Congress over how to reduce the deficit, promising Americans in his weekly radio address that he will try to find common ground with lawmakers.
Turning away from the sharp rhetoric he has used in recent weeks to blame Republicans for $85 billion in government spending cuts that took effect March 1, Obama this week highlighted how he is working with lawmakers in Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama rarely makes the short trip to Capitol Hill from the White House, but next week his motorcade will be tying up traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue as he tries to convince Congress to come to a deficit deal.
Obama will visit Senate Democrats on Tuesday, and meet Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. On Thursday, he will make two separate trips to the Hill: first to meet Senate Republicans, then later to meet House Democrats.
WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a
possible deficit-reduction deal when he hosted lunch on Thursday
for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives’ leading
Coming the day after he took Republican Senators to dinner
to discuss the budget, Obama’s new outreach brought optimism
that two years of fiscal battles could ease up. But the White
House and Republican lawmakers signaled the road to a grand
bargain will still be difficult.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A dozen Republican senators talked about how to reach a “big agreement” on the nation’s debt and deficit over dinner with President Barack Obama on Wednesday night, the start of what one of the senators hoped was a new round of intense fiscal discussions.
“It was a really good conversation. It was candid. We really talked about how do we get to a big agreement in terms of the debt and deficit?” Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota said after the private dinner with Obama at the Jefferson Hotel near the White House.
WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – Legislation easily passed
the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday to avert another
partisan budget battle and a possible government shutdown, and a
dinner meeting between President Barack Obama and Senate
Republicans offered signs of a thaw in relations.
By a vote of 267-151, the House passed a measure to fund
government programs until the end of the fiscal year on Sept.
30. The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to pass a
similar bill next week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced his nominees to lead a new U.S. push to tackle climate change on Monday, choosing an air quality expert to run the Environmental Protection Agency and a nuclear physicist to head the Department of Energy.
In a widely expected move, Obama selected agency veteran Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator and scientist Ernest Moniz from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take over from Steven Chu as Energy secretary.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce on Monday his intent to nominate air quality expert Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy, a White House official said.
The long-awaited announcement will come as Obama fills out his second term cabinet. At 10:15 a.m. EST (1515 GMT) the president also plans to announce his choice of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of the Walmart Foundation, to become director of the White House budget office.