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U.S. Senate chief rebukes Trump over Syria pullout

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:07 AM

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rarely criticizes Donald Trump openly, delivers a rare rebuke of the president in legislation that questions the decision to pull American troops out of Syria

US President-elect Donald Trump walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPAS

U.S. Congress honors Filipino veterans of World War II

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:49 AM

US Congress awards the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 250,000 Filipino veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice during World War II

RECOGNITION. U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan shakes hands with Dean Delen, a Filipino veteran representing guerrilla units, as Frank Francone (an American veteran representing the Philippine Scouts), Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, other congressional leaders, and Alicia Benitez (next to kin of a Filipino veteran) look on during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony on October 25, 2017. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump and Republicans roll out U.S. tax reform plan

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Trump dismisses the existing tax code as a 'relic' that impedes economic expansion, and calls the Republican plan 'the largest tax cut, essentially, in the history of our country'

TAX TALK. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks as Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and other congressional Republicans listen during a press event on tax reform September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump fumes as U.S. health care reform bid collapses

Jul 18, 2017 - 10:10 PM

UPDATED The Senate s top Republican said he will forge ahead with what could be a last gasp vote – on a new plan to kill off most of the 2010 reforms of Trump s predecessor without a replacement at the ready

This file photo taken on June 28, 2017 shows protesters against the US Senate Republicans' healthcare bill holding a rally outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

New Republican health bill teeters, with support in doubt

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:56 PM

UPDATED With Democrats united in opposition Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs support from at least 50 out of 52 Republicans to pass the measure in the 100 member chamber

In this photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), Republican of Kentucky, speaks about the Senate Republican's healthcare bill alongside US Senator John Thune (L), Republican of South Dakota, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump to lawmakers: Get health care reform done by August

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:22 PM

UPDATED As Senators returned for work in Washington after a week off Trump challenged fellow Republicans to make good on their signature campaign promise: repeal and replace Obamacare

NO TO TRUMPCARE. A demonstrator from Arizona chants, 'Kill the bill or lose your job' while sitting on the floor outside the offices of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) during a protest against health care reform legislation in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:47 AM

The Senate delay is a huge blow to Trump and Republican lawmakers who have spent the last 7 years plotting an end to the ACA commonly known as Obamacare

HOLD ON. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), Republican of Kentucky, speaks about the Senate Republican's healthcare bill alongside US Senator John Thune (L), Republican of South Dakota, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. senators clash bitterly over Trump attorney general pick

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren is reprimanded after reading a 1986 letter critical of nominee Jeff Sessions written by Coretta Scott King widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr

In this file photo, US Sen. Jeff Sessions waits for the beginning of a meeting of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee February 2, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Rushed confirmation hearings latest Trump clash with Dems

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The Republican led Senate coordinated with the Trump team to cram in 9 confirmation hearings this week despite Democrats calls to slow the process

The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. Congress, at odds with Trump, eyes Russia hack probe

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:17 AM

The president elect has dismissed the intelligence reports as ridiculous defying an increasing number of senators from his own party as well as top Democrats the Central Intelligence Agency and the outgoing White House

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

No vote on court pick in 'lame duck' session – Senate leader

Mar 21, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Senate Republicans are adamant that they will not hold a hearing and a vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland insisting that the decision should be taken by Obama s successor

HIGH COURT. Supreme Court police stand on guard outside the court during snowfall in Washington DC, USA, 25 March 2014. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Senate leader vows no confirmation of any Obama Supreme Court nominee

Feb 24, 2016 - 6:29 AM

Mitch McConnell: The nomination should be made by the president the people elect in the election that s underway right now

The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, DC, September 30, 2013. AFP / Saul Loeb

Obama rejects Canada's Keystone XL pipeline to US

Nov 07, 2015 - 8:21 AM

US President Barack Obama says Keystone would not serve the national interests of the United States and could prove an environmental hazard

NO TO KEYSTONE XL. US President Barack Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline citing climate change after a review of several years on the project's potential economic and environmental impact. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance; Obama signs into law

Jun 03, 2015 - 5:26 AM

UPDATED The US Senate passes landmark legislation that ends the government s bulk telephone data dragnet reining in the most controversial surveillance program since the 9 11 attacks of 2001

FILIBUSTER. Senator Rand Paul (C) speaks to the media after speaking on the Senate Floor on 31 May 2015. The US Senate convened a special session on 31 May afternoon to take up intelligence legislation that includes reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA) just hours before existing legislation is to expire, amid warnings from President Barack Obama and the intelligence community. Photo by Pete Marovich / EPA

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The veto leaves the long debated project in limbo for another indefinite period

IN LIMBO AGAIN. In this file photo, piping to be used for the Keystone XL pipe line from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico sits stacked at a storage yard at TransCanada Pipe Yard near Cushing, Oklahoma, USA, 21 March, 2012. Larry W. Smith/EPA

US Republicans begin two years of congressional rule

Jan 07, 2015 - 7:11 AM

Republicans who now control both the US Senate and House of Representatives are making tactical strikes by voting this week on a series of conservative measures symbolizing their priorities for the 114th Congress

NEW YEAR, NEW CONGRESS. Republican Speaker of the House from Ohio John Boehner (C) swears-in the 114th US Congress on the floor of the House of Representatives in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 06 January 2015. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Ban Ki-Moon: US-China targets boost Paris climate deal

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The UN chief says the world s two biggest polluters have demonstrated the leadership that the world expects of them

#USvote 2014: Democratic disaster as Republicans win US Senate

Nov 05, 2014 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED Riding a wave of public frustration Republicans seize at least 7 seats from Senate Democrats to claim the majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in Arkansas hold American flags during an election night gathering on November 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Congress extends US borrowing authority until 2015

Feb 13, 2014 - 1:11 PM

The Senate passed the legislation 55 43 approving a debt ceiling hike with no political riders or other legislation attached

DEBT CEILING HIKE. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), left, talks with U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio after the House voted to raise the debt ceiling until March 2015 on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images/AFP

US says no major climate impact from Keystone pipeline

Feb 01, 2014 - 9:54 AM

A review on the project showed building and using the pipeline would not in itself significantly increase greenhouse gases blamed for climate change

DISASTER? Demonstrators protest outside the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London, Britain, April 11 2013. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Congress pulls US back from brink, averts default

Oct 17, 2013 - 7:06 AM

UPDATED The US Congress approves a measure that should end the US government shutdown and averts a potentially catastrophic default

DEADLINE LOOMING. A view of Capitol Hill October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. US senators scrambled together an eleventh hour compromise Wednesday that they hoped might protect Washington's battered financial standing by heading off fears of a default. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

US Senate leader confirms deal to end fiscal impasse

Oct 16, 2013 - 11:41 PM

2nd UPDATE Senator Mitch McConnel the top Republican confirmed the agreement which would reopen the federal government with a temporary budget until January 15 It has to be approved by both the Senate and the Republican controlled House

DEAL STRUCK. US Senate leaders have struck a deal to end the debt ceiling impasse. Pictured above is the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2013. Photo by AFP / Saul Loeb

Senate leaders appear close to US debt ceiling deal

Oct 15, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Senate leaders appear close to a deal to avoid a self inflicted political calamity that would shred US credibility and rock the global economy

HOUSE DIVIDED. A picture made available 06 October 2013 shows the US Capitol at sunset, reflected in a window, in Washington DC, USA, 05 October 2013. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Senate in talks to end US fiscal impasse, deal elusive

Oct 13, 2013 - 7:32 AM

Politicians grapple with how to open the shuttered government and avoid a potentially calamitous failure to pay the country s obligations for the first time in history

DEBT DEFAULT LOOMING? The US is facing a debt default as politicians bicker over the federal budget. The dome of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 03 October 2013. EPA/Shawn Thew

Senate leader eyes Sunday scrap over US gov't shutdown

Sep 25, 2013 - 9:21 AM

Senator Harry Reid the Democratic majority leader vowed to thwart ongoing Republican efforts to cut Obamacare funding in his chamber

BUDGET BATTLE. The United States government faces a potential shutdown as leaders continue to debate on the budget. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP / Karen Bleier / Files

US braces for shutdown a week before budget deadline

Sep 24, 2013 - 10:01 AM

The current fiscal year ends September 30 and Congress remains bitterly split over spending in particular over President Barack Obama s landmark health care law

BUDGET BATTLE. The United States government faces a potential shutdown as leaders continue to debate on the budget. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP / Karen Bleier / Files

Obama offers budget dialogue to Republicans

Mar 06, 2013 - 11:49 PM

Top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced that Obama would attend the Republican Party s weekly policy lunch at the US Capitol for the first time since 2010 on Thursday

US leaders squabble despite warnings on budget cuts

Feb 27, 2013 - 11:09 AM

With three days to go before the so called sequester 85 billion in across the board cuts takes effect federal agencies are tightening belts as feuding lawmakers appear unable to reach a better tailored deal

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

Hagel confirmed as next US defense chief

Feb 27, 2013 - 7:30 AM

After Hagel s bruising confirmation hearing and a 10 day delay thrown up by Republicans Senators voted 58 41 to confirm the former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran to replace outgoing Pentagon chief Leon Panetta

MR SECRETARY. US Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, visits Amman in this July 22 2008, file photo. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards/FILES

Obama set to nominate Hagel as defense secretary

Jan 07, 2013 - 7:37 AM

US President Barack Obama is poised to nominate Chuck Hagel as his new defense secretary on Monday January 7 but Republicans are signaling a fierce confirmation fight even though he is one of their own

MR SECRETARY? US Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, visits Amman in this July 22 2008, file photo. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards/FILES

Fiscal cliff averted, now wait for the next crisis

Jan 03, 2013 - 10:19 AM

If the fiscal cliff fight was bitter the next boiling skirmishes between the Democratic president and scorched earth Republicans could be worse

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2013, on the day after a compromise bill passed the US Congress, avoiding the "fiscal cliff." The agreement raises taxes on the rich and puts off automatic $109 billion federal budget cuts for two months. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

US Congress finally averts fiscal cliff

Jan 02, 2013 - 9:55 AM

UPDATED After bitter New Year brinksmanship the US Congress finally backed a deal to avert a fiscal cliff of tax hikes and massive spending cuts that had threatened to unleash economic calamity

SAVED FROM THE EDGE. Members of the House of Representatives, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) (L), leave after voting for legislation to avoid the "fiscal cliff" during a rare New Year's Day session January 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Voting 257-167, the House passed a bill that the Senate passed the night before, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign the legislation to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

US reaches last-minute deal on 'fiscal cliff'

Jan 01, 2013 - 11:20 AM

UPDATED The White House and top Republicans struck a deal late Monday December 31 to avert huge New Year tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff that had threatened to send the US economy into recession

The U.S. Capitol illuminates at dusk on Capitol Hill on December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Lawmakers still at odds on last day before fiscal cliff

Dec 31, 2012 - 12:50 PM

There is still time left to reach an agreement and we intend to continue negotiations Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said

The Capitol Dome is seen through the glass in the Captitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill, on December 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Drama in Washington as fiscal cliff looms

Dec 31, 2012 - 8:41 AM

Leaders in deeply polarized Washington groped Sunday December 30 for a stop gap deal to avert a fiscal calamity due to strike in a matter of hours and with potential to shock markets and spark global economic turmoil

The Capitol Dome is seen through the glass in the Captitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill, on December 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Obama calls for avoiding middle class tax hike

Dec 29, 2012 - 9:45 PM

US President Barack Obama urged Congress to protect the middle class from an income tax increase and lay the groundwork for future economic growth as Senate leaders began work to avoid a fiscal cliff

US President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with congressional leaders in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on December 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN