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Dems carve notch in Senate’s filibuster rules

An arcane filibuster tactic has been eliminated from the U.S. Senate, after a vote to change the rules called by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) succeeded last night. It all started as a relatively minor, even common dispute between Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell had…

Boehner deals blow to ‘dangerous’ China bill

Republican US House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday warned against passing “dangerous” legislation to punish China for its alleged currency manipulation, dealing a damaging blow to the bill’s prospects. “It’s pretty dangerous to be moving legislation through the United States Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of their currency,” Boehner…

Hurricane disaster aid at stake as lawmakers feud

WASHINGTON — Polarized US lawmakers hunted Monday for a way to defuse an angry spending feud that risked choking off disaster relief in Hurricane Irene’s wake and even threatened a government shutdown at week’s end. Barely two months after a debt-limit battle cost Washington its sterling debt rating and weighed…

White House sees October vote on U.S. jobs bill

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s administration is expecting Congress to vote on his sweeping jobs bill in October, a senior advisor said Sunday, dismissing talk of discord over the bill among Democrats. Obama has encountered stiff resistance from Republicans who make no secret of their desire to bounce him…

House rejects government funding bill

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Wednesday defeated a stopgap measure to keep the government open past October 1 amid a fierce dispute over disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The surprise 195-230 vote was a shock setback for Republican House leaders, who had sought to…

U.S. faces new shutdown threat as budget talks stall

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers said Tuesday a new budget stalemate over funding for disaster relief could lead to a government shutdown if an agreement is not reached by the end of the fiscal year September 30. The latest bone of contention comes over aid for recovery for states hit by…

Senate Republicans block FEMA disaster relief funds

A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need. “Last night, Democrats tried to move forward on…

Reid names Sens. Murray, Baucus and Kerry to new debt committee

WASHINGTON — Democratic US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he was naming Democratic Senators Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry to a new congressional “supercommittee” on US debt woes. “As the events of the past week have made clear, the world is watching the work of this…

As FAA funding languishes, employees pay and airlines profit

In the widespread relief that followed President Barack Obama and congressional leaders’ compromise to avoid default and raise the debt ceiling, a large federal agency in dire need of funding was overlooked: the Federal Aviation Administration, which employs about 4,000 workers, has gone unfunded since July 23, nearly two weeks…

Obama unfurls deal to avert U.S. default

President Barack Obama announced an 11th-hour deal with Congress to avert an unprecedented default on US debt payments, which would have sown chaos across the global economy. With just two days left before the United States would run short of cash, Obama and his Republican foes said after round-the-clock negotiations…

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