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2006-08-06 11:25:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a frequent Republican critic of President George W. Bush's Iraq policy, said on Sunday it was irresponsible and wrong to send more U.S. troops to Baghdad. Speaking on the CBS show "Face the Nation," Hagel said pouring more U.S. troops into Baghdad would not reverse the rising tide of sectarian killing there. "Where we go from here ... is a cold, hard assessment that Iraq is not going to turn out the way we were promised it would, and...

2006-08-01 12:57:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ratings agencies would have to give Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac additional scrutiny under a proposal that lawmakers will consider on Wednesday. Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska plans to introduce such amendments when the Senate Banking Committee drafts legislation to reform the credit ratings agencies. One amendment would require ratings agencies to publicly disclose any work they do for one of the government-sponsored enterprises. Another would compel the agencies...

2006-06-26 17:45:32

By John Poirier WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Republican on the Senate Banking Committee said on Monday he wants hearings on how to protect investors in hedge funds now that the $1.3 trillion industry has freed itself from regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sen. Chuck Hagel, chairman of a subcommittee on international trade and finance, said he would also work with members of the president's financial working group to determine what oversight of hedge funds is...

2006-05-25 01:51:30

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sweeping immigration law overhaul that would toughen border security and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to earn U.S. citizenship headed for Senate passage on Thursday and backers prepared for a bruising battle with the House of Representatives. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said the bill was "on a glide path" to passage after the measure passed a key test vote on Wednesday by a strong margin. A...

2006-05-21 15:39:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers should be able to reach a deal this year on immigration reform, despite sharp differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives, Republican senators said on Sunday. "It is my assessment that we can work out a middle-ground compromise," Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican, said on CNN's "Late Edition." Hagel said he expects the Senate to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week, setting the stage for difficult...

2006-05-14 21:29:59

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush is expected to call on Monday night for several thousand National Guard troops to be deployed along the U.S.-Mexican border to support efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, a U.S. official said. Bush is to announce tougher border security measures in a prime-time speech to the country devoted to the immigration issue, which increasingly is an important challenge faced by both Republicans and Democrats in the mid-term...

2006-05-14 13:17:59

By Peter Szekely WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden's chances of winning Senate confirmation to head the CIA depend on how he explains his involvement in eavesdropping and data collection programs, two key senators said on Sunday. President George W. Bush's nominee for CIA director can expect tough questions this week about his role in the administration's controversial domestic spying program while he was head of the National Security Agency. "There's no...

2006-05-14 12:35:00

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Sunday it was considering sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border only in a supportive role as a stopgap measure, but the idea got a mixed reception on Capitol Hill. President George W. Bush will deliver a prime time address to the nation on immigration on Monday evening, and the White House said last week he may propose deploying more National Guard troops to the 2,000 mile border to stop illegal immigration....

2006-05-12 16:35:46

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated to be CIA director, won support from two independent-minded Republicans and words of encouragement from the leading Senate Democrat on Friday despite his role in a new domestic spying controversy. "I have no problems with General Hayden, going into the (confirmation) hearing," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told reporters. On Thursday, USA Today reported the National Security...

2006-05-12 13:24:57

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated to be CIA director, won public support from two independent-minded Republican senators on Friday despite revelations that he oversaw efforts to track the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans. "We need a CIA director in place," said Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I believe Gen. Hayden has the qualifications,...