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2006-07-11 17:11:16

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An agreement is close on U.S. legislation to stabilize the system of employer-provided pensions, key lawmakers involved in the months-long negotiations said on Tuesday. Negotiators only have "loose ends" to tie up on major issues involved in the bill, and parts of it are already being drafted into legislative language, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley told reporters. "There's still some loose ends to be finalized on the...

2006-06-28 17:43:11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guilty feelings about the U.S. war in Vietnam will help propel a trade pact with that country through Congress, but some obstacles remain, a top Republican senator said on Wednesday. "There's always been a guilt feeling about Vietnam around here by some people and I think it's responding to that guilt feeling, as much as the economic advantages of it," that makes many lawmakers want to vote for the trade deal, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley...

2006-06-28 16:41:49

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia are unlikely to reach a long-sought trade deal by the time Moscow hosts a summit meeting of leading world powers in mid-July, a top Republican senator said on Wednesday. "I don't think it's possible," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told reporters after a committee meeting. Differences, including on the political front, are too big to be resolved by the July 15-17 G8 summit in...

2006-06-14 13:31:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday said he suspects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is withholding information about its review of Sanofi-Aventis' antibiotic Ketek, which has been linked to liver damage in some users. "I smell a cover-up," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said after the FDA did not make one of its investigators available for a meeting. He told reporters that he may hold a hearing on the issue. Grassley, an Iowa...

2006-06-14 13:32:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday said he suspects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is withholding information about its review of Sanofi-Aventis' antibiotic Ketek, which has been linked to liver damage in some users. "I smell a cover-up," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said after the FDA did not make one of its investigators available for a meeting. He told reporters that he may hold a hearing on the issue. Grassley, an Iowa...

2006-06-07 15:13:03

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Short of votes needed in the U.S. Senate to permanently repeal inheritance taxes, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers said on Wednesday that they were seeking a compromise that would permanently exempt all but the wealthiest estates from the tax. Lawmakers said a test vote set for Thursday may fall short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member Senate to advance the measure that will wipe out what Republicans call the "death tax." Sen. Jon...

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2006-06-07 14:20:00

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of mostly farm-state lawmakers in the U.S. Congress want the federal government to require that 25 percent of the nation's energy come from renewable sources like ethanol and solar power by 2025. Four U.S. senators including panel chairmen Charles Grassley of Iowa and Dick Lugar of Indiana on Wednesday pledged to support a nonbinding bipartisan resolution calling for Congress to act on the so-called "25-by-25" plan. Four House lawmakers also...

2006-05-26 14:13:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic senator delayed the confirmation of a new U.S. trade chief on Friday over concerns about trade with China, drawing criticism that he was "playing games" at a critical point for world trade talks. New York Sen. Charles Schumer said he was stalling the confirmation of Susan Schwab -- which the Senate had been expected to approve before it left for its week-long Memorial Day recess -- because he was concerned about issues related to China. Schwab,...

2006-05-15 18:50:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influential senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that would waive the penalty on Americans who missed the Medicare drug coverage enrollment deadline, and said they hoped to pass the measure this week. The deadline was on Monday, and beneficiaries who did not sign up -- the administration and its critics disagree on the exact number -- face a lifetime penalty. Until this year, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled did not cover outpatient prescription...

2006-05-16 13:45:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influential senators called on Tuesday for waiving the penalty on millions of older Americans who missed the Medicare drug coverage enrollment deadline, and said they hope to push through bipartisan legislation this week. The deadline was Monday, and the several million Medicare beneficiaries who did not sign up -- the administration and its critics disagree on the exact number -- face a lifetime penalty. Until this year, the federal Medicare health program for the...


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