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Sen. Sessions explains Obamatrade in key Senate speech

Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:47 Written by
Senator Jeff Sessions’ floor speech against Obamatrade on Friday could go down as one of the most important Senate speeches ever. Already it is getting rave reviews:Rush Limbaugh hailed it (Odds are Obamatrade screws America): “Jeff Sessions had a massive op-ed piece and floor speech in the Senate about this.”Michelle Malkingushed: “I wish that Sen. Jeff Sessions would run for president, because I would sign up in a heartbeat.”Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon set…
Senate blocks USA Freedom Act on data collection reform
Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:18 Written by
Late last night the United States Senate voted to block the progress of the USA Freedom Act, dealing a blow to President Obama’s administration and leaving the regulatory framework around data collection in limbo. It has one more chance to pass into law after a last-minute session was hastily arranged for May 31. The main aim of the new Act was to clarify some of the contentious issues in Section 215 of the Patriot Act…
Obama wins trade victory in the Senate
Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:11 Written by
President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of 48 Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to a difficult fight in the House, where it faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats. The Senate coalition…
Senate clears Obama-backed trade bill in late-night session
Saturday, 23 May 2015 08:59 Written by
WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed
Poll indicates Alabamians support Obama – and disagree with their senators – on trade
Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:23 Written by
Sen. Richard Shelby, left, and Sen. Jeff Sessions were two of just five Senate Republicans to vote Friday, May 22, 2015, against giving President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate a trade agreement with Asian nations. Alabamians may not be crazy about President Barack Obama, but they overwhelmingly support his push for a free hand in negotiating a free trade deal with Asian nations, a survey released Friday suggests. The survey, conducted
After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension
Saturday, 23 May 2015 05:31 Written by
By KEN DILANIAN AP Intelligence Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act to expire at midnight May 31. He said he would call the…
Senate Blocks NSA Bill, Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Power
Saturday, 23 May 2015 01:15 Written by
The Senate blocked both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act during an early Saturday vote. The bill would have moved the bulk collection of domestic phone records from the National Security Agency to being held by telecom companies. The vote on the bill was 57-42, and the extension was 45-54, both short of the 60 votes needed to move forward. The provision is on its way to expiring on…
Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate
Friday, 22 May 2015 21:40 Written by
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president's plans. The Senate approved a bill to "fast-track" trade agreements negotiated by the president. The agreement will prevent Congress from amending or filibustering Obama's
Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda
Friday, 22 May 2015 21:14 Written by
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 other Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president's plans. Late Friday, the Senate approved a bill to "fast-track" trade agreements negotiated by the president. The agreement will prevent Congress from amending or
Trade Promotion Authority Clears Senate, Heads To House
Friday, 22 May 2015 21:01 Written by
4578315 The Senate approved a bill granting the president trade promotion authority (TPA) Friday, which would severely restrict the Senate’s ability to block future trade deals. The bill now heads to the House, where its passage is uncertain because of opposition from wary Democrats and skeptical Republicans. (RELATED: Rep. Dave Brat Perfectly Explains GOP Skepticism Of Fast Track Authority) Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch called it “likely the most important bill” the Senate will pass this…
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