US SENATOR

  • US Senator says UN can play role in calming tempers on LoC violations October 9, 2014

    US Senator Tim Kaine called for UN intervention in the India-Pakistan border standoff. "UN can be a helpful participant sometimes in such issues as a promoter of peace. UN participation should be welcomed in this issue," Kaine said. ...
  • US Senate designates September 30 as 'USIndia Partnership Day' September 19, 2014

    Washington: The US Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating September 30 as 'USIndia Partnership Day' recognising the contribution of the two countries to one another and the relationship that will continue to help define the 21st century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be at the White House on September...
  • IndiaUS 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 IndiaUS Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi this year as against the scheduled venue of Washington, to show a good will gesture towards the new Narendra Modiled Government. "The (India US Strategic) Dialogue (in New Delhi) would provide an...
  • 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 950 votes. "His experience as a prosecutor and in various...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • IndoUS 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 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...
  • 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 931. ...
  • 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...
  • US immigration bill headed for Senate passage June 25, 2013

    Washington: US senators have signalled their support to a landmark comprehensive immigration bill as they voted 6727 to advance a border security amendment to the legislation. The amendment paves the way for the final passage of the bill later this week, which if signed into law would provide path to citizenship...
  • US: Historic immigration bill clears early test vote June 12, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate voted on Tuesday to begin debate and amendments on a historic immigration bill, burying a procedural roadblock that opponents regularly use to delay or even kill legislation. With November's election results indicating broad support for updating the country's immigration laws, even some senators who have expressed opposition...
  • 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 senator accuses TCS, Infosys, Wipro of abusing H1B visas April 23, 2013

    Washington: Amidst Congressional debate on the comprehensive immigration reform, a top US Senator has accused big Indian IT companies TCS, Infosys and Wipro of abusing the H1B visa system. "There are some specific abuses of H1B," Senator Richard Durbin, said during a Congressional hearing on immigration reform by...
  • US: A day after Boston blasts, poisoned letter sent to US senator April 17, 2013

    Washington: A day after twin bomb blasts rocked Boston, a senior Republican Senator received a poisonlaced letter, source of which is being investigated. The envelope addressed to Roger Wicker, a Senator from Mississippi, was tested positive for ricin, a highly poisonous substance, The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. Following this,...
  • 'Hard work starts now' as US Senate takes up gun control April 12, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate cleared the way on Thursday for debate on proposals to curb gun violence, rejecting an effort by conservative Republicans to block consideration of guncontrol legislation prompted by the Newtown school massacre. The Senate voted 6831 to open what will likely be weeks of emotional debate on President...
  • US senators closer to immigration deal: Report March 30, 2013

    Washington: A bipartisan group of senators is closer to a deal on immigration reform to resolve the problem of 11 million illegal immigrants, including some 260,000 Indians, according to a media report. The "Gang of Eight", as the group of four Democratic and four Republican senators negotiating the deal is...
  • Senate approves Hagel as new US secretary of defense February 27, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, ending an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight. The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican senator as the civilian leader of the Pentagon in a largely party line vote. Just four Republicans joined the...
  • Obama to cut vacation short to deal with fiscal crisis December 26, 2012

    Honolulu: President Barack Obama is cutting short his Hawaiian holiday to leave for Washington on December 26 to address the unfinished "fiscal cliff" negotiations with Congress, the White House said on December 20. As the clock ticks toward a January 1 deadline, efforts to avert a sharp rise in taxes...
  • 'Walmart spent Rs 125 crore on lobbying to enter India' December 9, 2012

    Washington/New Delhi: Global retail giant Walmart waiting for years to open its supermarkets in India has been lobbying with the US lawmakers since 2008 to facilitate its entry into the highly lucrative Indian market. As per the lobbying disclosure reports filed by Walmart with the US Senate, the...
  • Zardari asked to release girl held for blasphemy September 1, 2012

    Washington: A bipartisan group of six American senators has written a letter to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, asking him to address the growing religious intolerance in his country and release the minor Christian girl arrested on a blasphemy charge. The girl, identified as Rimsha Masih, is reported to have Down's...
  • US politician refuses to quit over rape comment August 22, 2012

    Washington: US Representative Todd Akin, under fire for controversial remarks on abortion and rape, insisted on Tuesday he would not leave the Missouri Senate race, despite pressure from fellow Republicans and talk of who might replace him on the November 6 ballot. Akin a staunch abortion opponent vowed to...
  • US Senator threatens to end aid to Pakistan July 18, 2012

    Washington: A key American Senator on Tuesday threatened to force a vote on ending US aid to Pakistan unless a Pakistani doctor, who helped CIA trace Osama bin Laden, is released from prison. Senator Rand Paul took to the Senate floor this morning announcing his intention to force a Senate vote...
  • US Senate panel cuts Pak aid by more than half May 23, 2012

    Washington: Sounding a fresh warning to Pakistan, a key Senate panel has voted to slash American assistance to Islamabad by more than half, approving only USD 1 billion in aid for fiscal 2013 and warned of further cuts unless it reopens NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on...