US Congress

  • PM Modi unlikely to address joint session of US Congress August 5, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to address a joint session of the US Congress when he travels to Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House in late September mainly because of the general elections in November More than 80 members of the House of Representatives...
  • Wikipedia bans US Congress IP address from making 'disruptive' edits July 28, 2014

    Washington: Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives ins response to "disruptive" revisions of the online encyclopaedia. A 10day ban imposed Thursday blocked any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers. "You have been blocked...
  • Pentagon notifies US Congress of proposed sale of Harpoon missile to India July 3, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell antiship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of $200 million arguing that it will strengthen IndiaUS strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner. The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes...
  • IndianAmericans lobbying for US Congress invitation for Modi June 25, 2014

    Washington: IndianAmerican groups have launched a campaign to win more lawmakers' support for a move to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of US Congress when he visits US in September. The ball was set rolling last week with Ed Royce, Republican chairman of the House...
  • Obama's highlyanticipated 'State of the Union' speech today January 28, 2014

    US President Barack Obama will deliver his highlyanticipated 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 sidestep the US Congress to complete his agenda this year. ...
  • Obama, Congress look for way out of US fiscal stalemate October 10, 2013

    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 House...
  • US Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt limit battles October 7, 2013

    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...
  • US: Security, safety damaged by the shutdown, says National Intelligence Director October 3, 2013

    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 October 3, 2013

    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 Speaker...
  • Political deadlock over 'Obamacare' forces shutdown in US October 1, 2013

    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 last...
  • US government shutdown: Read full statement of Barack Obama October 1, 2013

    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 full...
  • Dollar steady as US govt shutdown to start October 1, 2013

    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 Republicancontrolled House of Representatives and Democraticled Senate late into Monday...
  • US: Oil falls below $102 on government shutdown notice October 1, 2013

    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. The...
  • Americans anxious, irritated as government shuts down October 1, 2013

    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 a...
  • 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: A million government workers, unions brace for shutdown October 1, 2013

    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 lastminute deal. To avoid sending hundreds of thousands of workers across the country home without pay, lawmakers must act within hours, but it was...
  • US: Shutdown will 'throw wrench' into economy, says Barack Obama October 1, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans on Monday to avoid a postmidnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a shortterm 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 leaders...
  • 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...
  • US: Stocks fall as government heads towards shutdown October 1, 2013

    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 to...
  • Deadlocked Congress takes US govt to brink of shutdown October 1, 2013

    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 the...
  • Indian campaigner seeks US support against sex selection September 11, 2013

    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 of...
  • Syria strike: Obama's actions a hamlet act on the world stage, says Fareed Zakaria September 10, 2013

    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 September 9, 2013

    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 September 5, 2013

    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 developing...
  • Obama wins backing for strike on Syria from key figures in US Congress September 4, 2013

    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 agreement...
  • US Congress divide over military aid cut off to Egypt August 19, 2013

    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 said...
  • Democrat predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill July 1, 2013

    Washington: The Republicancontrolled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democraticled 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 Democraticcontrolled Senate...
  • Proposed US immigration bill gives preference to better educated people May 5, 2013

    Washington: US immigration authorities would give preference to bettereducated and trained visaseekers who can contribute to the American economy under a lessnoticed provision of the immigration bill in the US Congress. The bipartisan bill in the US Senate would rewrite the halfcenturyold standards that control legal immigration to favor skills over...
  • US Congress approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid January 5, 2013

    Washington: The new Congress on Friday rushed out $9.7 billion to help pay flood insurance claims to 115,000 people and businesses afflicted by Superstorm Sandy, two days after New Jersey's governor and other Northeast Republicans upbraided Speaker John Boehner for killing a broader package for state and local governments in...