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Republicans and Democrats unveil rival budgets

President Barack Obama’s Democrats will unveil their first budget in four years this week in the US Senate as House Republicans put forward their own blueprint, but the two are unlikely to be reconciled. Congress, aiming to ultimately craft a broad plan that can help reduce the swollen $16 trillion…

Senate passes resolution calling on China to ease restrictions on Tibet

The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests. In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored “repressive policies targeting Tibetans” despite warnings from China,…

Senate sends union-busting aviation funding bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Monday adopted a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), sending it to President Barack Obama despite a provision angrily opposed by Democrats’ labor-union allies. The Democratic-led chamber voted 75-20 to approve the measure, which had cleared the Republican-held House on Friday by…

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