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Nov 14, 2014

U.S. House passes Keystone bill, but Senate prospects are unclear

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House
of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday,
but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the
Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his
veto if the bill does get through Congress.

The legislation, approved by 252 votes to 161, circumvents
the need for approval of TransCanada Corp’s $8 billion
project by the Obama administration, which has been considering
it for more than six years. No Republicans voted against the
measure, while 31 Democrats voted for the bill.

Nov 11, 2014

U.S. Congress to vote this week on party leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will select party leaders this week for the new Congress that begins in January, and most candidates are running uncontested with no surprises anticipated, lawmakers and aides said.

In the Senate, where Republicans will take control from Democrats in January following big gains in the Nov. 4 midterm elections, both parties are expected to vote on Thursday to keep their current top leaders.

Aug 20, 2014

U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution’s charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing.

Supporters said the bank’s charter, which expires Sept. 30, could receive a short-term extension as part of a stop-gap government funding measure that lawmakers must pass before the end of the fiscal year.

Aug 15, 2014

U.S. lawmakers want to end transfers of military equipment to police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers alarmed by the aggressive police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are pushing for Congress to limit the Pentagon’s ability to provide civilian police departments with military equipment such as armored vehicles designed for the battlefield.

Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson wrote colleagues in the House of Representatives this week seeking support for legislation to curtail a program that passes surplus equipment from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to municipal U.S. police forces, free of charge.

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border request

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday proposed cutting $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with a surge of some 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border.

Obama on July 8 asked lawmakers to approve $3.7 billion to bolster border security and speed deportation proceedings, but Congress has yet to take action on the request. At a luncheon on Tuesday, Senate Democrats discussed what their response should be.

Jul 22, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats want to cut $1 billion from Obama border request

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats are proposing to cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with a surge of some 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border, a Senate Democratic aide said on Tuesday.

Obama on July 8 asked lawmakers to approve $3.7 billion to bolster border security and speed deportation proceedings, but Congress has yet to take action on the request. At a luncheon on Tuesday, Senate Democrats discussed what their response should be.

Jul 21, 2014

U.S. congressman raps Boeing, trade group on Ex-Im bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican House committee chairman scolded Boeing Co and a large U.S. trade group on Monday for lobbying to keep the Export-Import Bank alive, saying their efforts amounted to petitioning for “special privilege.”

Representative Jeb Hensarling wrote a scathing letter to Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, and James McNerney, chairman of Boeing, referring to reports they were visiting lawmakers to promote the reauthorization of the bank.

Jul 18, 2014

Boehner uncertain Congress can act on border crisis this month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed doubts Congress would agree by the end of this month on an emergency response to the crisis involving an influx of thousands of child migrants at the U.S. southern border.

President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to bolster border security and speed up deportations.

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. House committees demand info from Ex-Im bank

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – U.S. House of
Representatives committees demanded extensive information from
the Export-Import Bank on Thursday, including communications on
reported allegations of kickbacks there, as Congress grapples
with whether to reauthorize the bank’s charter.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which
is headed by Representative Darrell Issa and has broad
investigative powers, wrote to bank Chairman Fred Hochberg
requesting documents on allegations that four officials were
suspended or removed as investigators looked into charges of
improper gifts and kickbacks.

Jul 17, 2014

Boehner unsure Congress can act on border crisis this month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed doubts Congress would agree by the end of this month on an emergency response to the crisis involving an influx of thousands of child migrants at the U.S. southern border.

President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to bolster border security and speed up deportations. Boehner said the Republican-run House of Representatives had been discussing the matter all week but had not come to any decisions on its response to Obama’s request.