Senate passes Republican budget with deep safety net cuts


WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.

Top U.S. Senate Democrat Harry Reid to retire after 2016 12:34pm GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will not seek re-election next year, leaving Congress after 30 years and complicating Democrats' efforts to retake control of the Senate in 2016.


Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks 8:10am GMT

WASHINGTON - The Senate will wait more than two weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21 percent cut in payment rates.


Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations 11:14am GMT

NEW YORK - Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. | Video


Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress 2:28am GMT

WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.


U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments 26 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

Senate tries to score political points on way to budget vote 12:23am GMT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday launched a marathon session that will end with a vote on a budget plan after lawmakers weigh in on dozens of amendments that are likely to have more effect on campaign ads in 2016 than the final spending plan.

U.S. Senate votes unanimously for amendment to send message on Iran 26 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday for a non-binding amendment to a budget bill intended to make it easier to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates a nuclear deal.


Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress's only option 26 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi's cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue.


Head of U.S. Chemical Safety Board resigns: White House official 26 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has resigned weeks after lawmakers with oversight of his agency accused him of hostility toward his staff, a White House official said on Thursday.