Senate

  • McCain joins chorus for Modi to address joint Congress session June 27, 2014

    Washington: Senior Republican Senator John McCain has joined the group of lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to invite India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress. "When the Prime Minister comes to Washington, I urge our congressional leaders to invite him to address a joint session...
  • India-US Strategic Dialogue should be held in India: US Senator June 5, 2014

    A top American Senator has called for holding the next round of India-US Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi this year as against the scheduled venue of Washington, to show a goodwill gesture towards the new Narendra Modi-led government. "The (India US Strategic) Dialogue (in New Delhi) would provide an early opportunity...
  • India-US Strategic Dialogue should be held in India:US Senator June 5, 2014

    Washington: A top American Senator has called for holding the next round of India-US Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi this year as against the scheduled venue of Washington, to show a good will gesture towards the new Narendra Modi-led Government. "The (India US Strategic) Dialogue (in New Delhi) would provide an...
  • US senators against export of natural gas to India, China May 10, 2014

    Washington: A bi-partisan group of 22 American senators have expressed reservation on the export of natural gas to Asian countries such as India and China, arguing that such a move by Obama Administration would result in an increase in cost for consumers and businesses at home. "Natural gas prices in Asia...
  • US Senate confirms Manish Shah as federal judge in Illinois May 2, 2014

    Washington: Manish Shah, a top Indian- American prosecutor, has been confirmed by the US Senate as a federal judge in Illinois, becoming the first South Asian federal judge in President Barack Obama's home state. Shah, 40, was confirmed by the Senate by 95-0 votes. "His experience as a prosecutor and in various...
  • Thais vote for Senate ahead of crucial deadline for PM March 30, 2014

    Thais voted on Sunday for half of the country's 150-seat Senate in a key test for Yingluck Shinawatra's troubled government, a day before the prime minister is due to defend herself against negligence charges over a disastrous rice subsidy scheme. Anti-government protesters are in their fifth month of a campaign to...
  • Senate confirms Indian-American for key admin post March 15, 2014

    The US Senate has confirmed an Indian-American Arun M Kumar to a key administration post that would make him responsible for foreign trade. "I am pleased that the US Senate has confirmed Arun Kumar as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service...
  • US: Virginia senator Creigh Deeds stabbed by son November 20, 2013

    Charlottesville (Virginia, USA): The son of a state senator in the US stabbed his father in the head and chest Tuesday before apparently killing himself with a gun, according to initial reports from police. Authorities were still piecing together a motive and the circumstances that led up to the stabbing of...
  • Obama to nominate Indian-origin doctor for top medical post November 15, 2013

    A prominent Indian-origin doctor who heads a group that promotes Barack Obama's signature healthcare law could become the next US Surgeon General with the President planning to nominate him to the top medical post. Obama announced his intention to nominate Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy to the top administration position along with...
  • Hillary Clinton gets early presidential backing November 4, 2013

    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she isn't in a hurry to make a decision about running again to become the first female US president. But her former Senate colleague, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, is not waiting for her to make up her mind. Schumer endorsed Clinton for president during a...
  • Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office, rules court October 19, 2013

    A Milan court on Saturday ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud. But, since Berlusconi is a senator, the court's decision will have no immediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will depend on...
  • World View: US shutdown ends, is the relief only temporary? October 18, 2013

    The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. ...
  • US shutdown ends: Obama signs bill to reopen govt, raise debt ceiling October 17, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the legislation that ends the US government shutdown and raises the US debt ceiling, the White House said. The US House of Representatives had earlier on Thursday passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. This after...
  • US House passes bill to reopen government, increase debt limit October 17, 2013

    Washington: The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. This after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the...
  • US shutdown ends, Senate backs debt crisis deal, House to vote next October 17, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. The House of Representatives quickly convened and was expected...
  • US: House GOP leaders unveil bill to counter senate debt plan October 15, 2013

    Washington: The House Grand Old Party (GOP) leaders unveiled their own plan on Tuesday to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on US obligations. Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and take...
  • US fiscal negotiations sputter as deadline nears October 13, 2013

    Congressional negotiations to end a US fiscal crisis gripping Washington and spooking financial markets hung by a thread on Saturday after bipartisan talks broke down in the House of Representatives and shifted to Senate leaders. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, held an initial session with Senate Republican leader Mitch...
  • Obama to nominate Janet Yellen for top Fed job, markets relieved October 9, 2013

    US President Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen on Wednesday to run the world's most influential central bank, providing some relief to markets that would expect her to tread carefully in winding down economic stimulus. The nomination will put Yellen on course to be the first woman to...
  • US government shutdown imminent despite House effort to break logjam October 1, 2013

    Washington: The US government was headed toward a shutdown over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms using a temporary spending bill even as efforts emerged to try to negotiate a deal. US House of Representatives Republicans, in a bid to break the logjam over the spending bill, are...
  • US: Differences between House, Senate Bills October 1, 2013

    Washington: A comparison of rival House and Senate bills aimed at preventing a partial government shutdown Tuesday: House Bill: *Funds federal agencies through December 15 at current spending levels. The rate equates to annual agency spending of $986 billion, and includes the impact of this year's sequester, or automatic spending cuts. *Delays for...
  • Indo-US ties critical to improve bilateral relations, says US Senate September 27, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US and underlined that enhanced economic, defence and security ties with India is critical to improve bilateral relations. The resolution, passed on Thursday, calls for deepened US engagement with India and implementation of policies such...
  • US senator asks India to 'just quit' buying oil from Iran September 13, 2013

    An influential Republican senator has asked India to "just quit" buying oil from sanctions-hit Iran, saying its continuing oil import "endangers" the entire world and is a "destabilising" factor for the Middle East. Senator Jim Risch said he was deeply disappointed that the US has extended a sanctions waiver to India...
  • US Senator asks India to stop oil imports from Iran September 13, 2013

    An influential American Senator on Thursday asked India to stop import of oil from Iran, as the Obama Administration defended its decision to grant a sanctions waiver to New Delhi. "The Indians' purchase of oil from Iran, in my judgment, endangers the entire world community and is a destabilizing factor for...
  • US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle September 5, 2013

    US President Barack Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when a Senate committee voted in favour, but the narrow margin of victory showed the depth of US caution. In a possible sign of internal unrest in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's...
  • Barack Obama faces Syria test as House holds 1st hearing September 4, 2013

    The Obama administration is facing a tougher examination of its plans for military intervention in Syria, squaring off against tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members a day after gaining Speaker John Boehner's critical endorsement and finding significant support in the Senate. With President Barack Obama in Europe, his top...
  • US Speaker backs Obama's call for military strike on Syria September 4, 2013

    The US speaker has backed President Obama's call for military action against the Assad regime. Congressional aides have confirmed that the Syria war resolution drafted by members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee permits up to 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime and does not...
  • US Senate confirms James Comey to be next FBI director July 30, 2013

    Former Deputy US Attorney General James Comey, a Republican, won Senate confirmation on Monday as President Barack Obama's pick to head the FBI. Comey, 52, will replace Robert Mueller, who has led the bureau since shortly before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The vote was 93-1. ...
  • Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise July 25, 2013

    London: Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry's findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies. "I am not surprised," the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews....
  • Democrat predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill July 1, 2013

    Washington: The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday. Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the immigration measure, said House Republicans who...
  • US Senate passes sweeping immigration legislation June 28, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democratic-controlled Senate...