US Congress

  • Obama's highly-anticipated 'State of the Union' speech today 28-01-2014 10:12 AM

    US President Barack Obama will deliver his highly-anticipated State of the Union speech today. He's expected to offer his assessment of where the US stands, and may say he's willing to side-step the US Congress to complete his agenda this year. ...
  • Obama, Congress look for way out of US fiscal stalemate 10-10-2013 12:02 PM

    Washington: With pressure rising and no clear path forward for breaking their fiscal impasse, US President Barack Obama launched a series of White House meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday to search for a way to end a government shutdown and raise the debt limit. House Democrats journeyed to the White...
  • US Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt limit battles 07-10-2013 05:34 PM

    As the US government moved into the second week of a shutdown on Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked US Congress also confronted an October 17 deadline to increase the nation's borrowing power or risk default. Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner vowed not to raise the...
  • US: Security, safety damaged by the shutdown, says National Intelligence Director 03-10-2013 10:41 AM

    The budget impasse in Washington shut all but essential US government services for the third straight day on Thursday, while neither political party appeared willing to budge. ...
  • US: No breakthrough in budget deadlock, shutdown continues for 3rd day 03-10-2013 08:47 AM

    President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a budget deadlock that has shut wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough and both sides blamed each other. After more than an hour of talks, House of Representatives...
  • Political deadlock over 'Obamacare' forces shutdown in US 01-10-2013 02:44 PM

    The US government on Tuesday shutdown for the first time in nearly 18 years - as the Republican and the Democrats failed to strike a deal on spending and budget mainly due to their differences over 'Obamacare', the flagship healthcare programme of President Barack Obama. With neither side blinking, despite...
  • US government shutdown: Read full statement of Barack Obama 01-10-2013 12:36 PM

    Washington: For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown on Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused. Read the...
  • Dollar steady as US govt shutdown to start 01-10-2013 11:29 AM

    The dollar held steady on Tuesday even though much of the US government was due to start shutting down after Congress failed to find a compromise on a bill to fund government operations. Competing spending measures flew back and forth between Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate late into...
  • US: Oil falls below $102 on government shutdown notice 01-10-2013 11:12 AM

    The price of oil fell on Tuesday after parts of the US government were ordered to shut down because of a budget impasse in Washington. Benchmark oil for November delivery dropped 35 cents to $101.99 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange....
  • Americans anxious, irritated as government shuts down 01-10-2013 10:03 AM

    From New York's Liberty Island to Alaska's Denali National Park, the US government closed its doors as a bitter budget fight idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halted all but the most critical government services for the first time in nearly two decades. A midnight deadline to avert...
  • US government shutdown imminent despite House effort to break logjam 01-10-2013 09:23 AM

    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,...
  • US: A million government workers, unions brace for shutdown 01-10-2013 09:12 AM

    Washington: As many as a million government employees were making urgent plans on Monday for a possible midnight shutdown, with their unions urging Congress to strike a last-minute deal. To avoid sending hundreds of thousands of workers across the country home without pay, lawmakers must act within hours, but it...
  • US: Shutdown will 'throw wrench' into economy, says Barack Obama 01-10-2013 08:48 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans on Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. Late Monday, Obama called Republican and Democratic congressional...
  • US: Differences between House, Senate Bills 01-10-2013 08:28 AM

    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...
  • US: Stocks fall as government heads towards shutdown 01-10-2013 07:30 AM

    New York: Stocks fell on Monday as Wall Street worried that a budget fight in Washington could lead to an event far worse for the economy- a failure to raise the nation's borrowing limit. Investors pulled back from stocks as a budget standoff between Republicans and Democrats in Congress threatened...
  • Deadlocked Congress takes US govt to brink of shutdown 01-10-2013 07:13 AM

    Washington: The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the US government starting on Tuesday morning. With the law funding thousands of routine government activities set to expire at midnight, Republicans in...
  • Indian campaigner seeks US support against sex selection 11-09-2013 01:05 PM

    Washington: An Indian campaigner wants the US government ban Internet companies like Google from advertising and legitimising new technologies of sex selection in India. "Sex selection tourism is worse than trafficking," Sabu M George, a member of India's Campaign Against Sex Selection, told a House panel on Tuesday accusing Google...
  • Syria strike: Obama's actions a hamlet act on the world stage, says Fareed Zakaria 10-09-2013 08:46 AM

    TIME Editor-at-Large Fareed Zakaria talks about the US Syria strike plan and calls US President Barack Obama's actions a "hamlet act on the world stage", and says US limited strikes is like being "half pregnant". ...
  • US Congress to take a vote on military action against Syria 09-09-2013 11:25 AM

    The US Congress reconvenes today and will take a vote on military action against Syria this week. President Barack Obama looks forward to get the go ahead even though Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied having ordered the chemical attacks. ...
  • Syria dispute set to overshadow G20 talks on economy 05-09-2013 09:23 AM

    A potential showdown over Syria between US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin could overshadow a meeting of world leaders on Thursday on how to revive the global economy. At a summit which Putin is hosting in a tsarist palace outside St. Petersburg, the Group of 20 developed and...
  • Obama wins backing for strike on Syria from key figures in US Congress 04-09-2013 02:35 PM

    President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the US Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited US strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an...
  • US Congress divide over military aid cut off to Egypt 19-08-2013 11:04 PM

    Members of Congress are split over whether the US should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration amid spiralling violence on the streets of an important Middle East ally. Democratic leaders have generally supported the president's approach. But yesterday, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison...
  • Democrat predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill 01-07-2013 03:07 AM

    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...
  • US Senate passes sweeping immigration legislation 28-06-2013 07:28 AM

    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...
  • Proposed US immigration bill gives preference to better educated people 05-05-2013 01:07 PM

    Washington: US immigration authorities would give preference to better-educated and trained visa-seekers who can contribute to the American economy under a less-noticed provision of the immigration bill in the US Congress. The bi-partisan bill in the US Senate would rewrite the half-century-old standards that control legal immigration to favor skills...
  • US: Pentagon to reimburse $688 million to Pak 19-12-2012 12:05 PM

    Washington: The Pentagon has notified the Congress about its decision to reimburse $688 million to Pakistan, under Coalition Support Fund (CSF), which is cost of providing support for some 140,000 troops stationed at the Afghan-Pak border. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, notified the Congress of its decision of the US...
  • Ami Bera: 3rd Indian-American to make it to US Congress 16-11-2012 04:03 PM

    Washington: Indian-American physician Ami Bera has won the Congressional election from California in a tight race, becoming only the third from the community to make it to the US House of Representatives. Nearly 60 years after Dalip Singh Saund scripted history by becoming the first Indian-American to be elected to...
  • Indian markets follow Wall St fall after US elections 08-11-2012 10:00 AM

    New Delhi: Indian markets tumbled on on Thursday as Wall Street worried about the fiscal crisis and the European economy's further deterioration, underpinning the safe-haven dollar and yen as well as US Treasuries on safety bids. US Congress must avert the fiscal cliff of nearly $600 billion worth of spending...