January 17, 2018
Results for: senate
  • 31/03/2016 | Argentina

    Senate gives Macri big win on holdouts

    The government celebrated its first major Congressional victory last night as the Senate approved its holdouts bill with significant support from the Victory Front (FpV).

  • 22/06/2016 | Argentina

    Aranguren defends tariff hikes at the Senate

    Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren was attending the Senate committees of Mining, Energy and Fuel and Rights and Guarantees to defend the tariff hikes ordered by his office that have caused controversy among politicians and social condemnation.

  • 18/03/2016 | Argentina

    Senate committees resume holdouts bill debate

    A meeting of the committees of Budget and Economy of the Senate were resuming talks on the government-sponsored holdouts bill that aims at settling the debt dispute with so called “vulture funds,” a small group of creditors that refused to enter Argentina’s restructurings in 2005 and 2010.

  • 30/03/2016 | Argentina

    'We have to pay because there is a sentence'

    Miguel Ángel Pichetto, the head of the Victory Front (FpV) caucus in the Senate, ratified its position to vote in favour of the government-brockered accord with so called “vulture” funds that will be debated in the upper chamber today.

  • 30/03/2016 | Argentina

    Senate addresses holdouts bill

    The Senate was beginning to debate the government-sponsored bill that seeks to put an end to Argentina’s legal dispute with so called “vulture” funds.

  • 12/02/2015 | Argentina

    Senate approves intel reform bill

    The Upper House passed the Intelligence Secretariat (SI, formerly known as SIDE) reform bill with 38 votes in favour and seven votes against.

  • 04/02/2015 | Argentina

    Government gains approval for Intelligence bill in Senate committee

    A plenary of Senate committees has approved the dissolution of the Intelligence Secretariat (SI) and the creation of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI), with the bill moving forward for full debate in the Upper House on February 11.

  • 18/12/2014 | Argentina

    Senate hails US-Cuba talks

  • 29/01/2015 | Argentina

    Gov’t defends Carlés nomination to SC

  • 30/01/2015 | Argentina

    Bill to reform SI to be discussed on Tuesday

    The bill to create the new Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) will be discussed in the Justice, Criminal and Constitutional matters commission of Senate next Tuesday, official sources informed.

  • 16/12/2014 | Argentina

    Fernández confirms Senate resignation

    Senator Aníbal Fernández has confirmed that he will resign his seat in the Upper House, after being named to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's cabinet as the new presidential secretary.

  • 12/11/2014 | Argentina

    Criminal Procedural Code makes progress in Senate

    The Criminal Procedural Code reform has been cleared for debate in the Upper House by a Senate plenary commission, after 42 modifications were made to the original bill, sent by the executive.

  • 01/12/2014 | Argentina

    US Senate to approve Mamet as new Argentina ambassador

    The United States Congress is set to confirm Noah Mamet as the nation's new ambassador to Argentina, filling the post that has been empty for over a year since Vilma Martínez vacated the job on July 4 2013.

  • 29/10/2014 | Argentina

    Senate set to approve 2015 Budget bill

    The Senate continued to debate the 2015 Budget in a marathon session in the Upper House, which was scheduled to end with a vote in the early hours of Thursday morning. The government is expected to have enough votes to pass the proposal despite opposition criticisms.

  • 30/10/2014 | Argentina

    Senate approves 2015 budget bill

    The last budget to be implemented by the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration was passed by the Senate today's early morning in 39-22 vote.

  • 04/11/2014 | Argentina

    De Vido: Digital communications bill 'will not harm any business'

    The Senate's Systems, Media and Communications committee has started the debate on the government-sponsored “Digital Argentina” communications bill, with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich and Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido defending it and saying the initiative will not “harm any business.”

  • 22/10/2014 | Argentina

    Senate committee clears 2015 budget for debate

    The government's budget proposal for 2015 has received the approval of the Senate Budget and Treasury committee, and will be debated before the full chamber in a session convened for October 29.

  • 22/10/2014 | Argentina

    Lawmakers pass lower mandatory school-age bill

    The Lower House of Congress approved today a project of law that establishes the mandatory school age at four years old, and its integration into the national education system, sending the bill to the Senate.

  • 28/10/2014 | Argentina

    Alak: New Code will not encourage hardline stance against crime

    Justice Minister Julio Alak has said the reform of the Criminal Procedural Code will not encourage a “hardline” stance against crime, and affirmed it intends to “accelerate judiciary times” instead, during a debate over the project at a Senate committee meeting.

  • 08/10/2014 | Argentina

    Senate to vote Hydrocarbons law

    The Senate debated the bill to reform the Hydrocarbons law today, which is expected to be approved around midnight despite opposition blocs’ rejection.

  • 09/10/2014 | Argentina

    Senate approves Hydrocarbons law

    The Senate gave its approval to the bill to reform the Hydrocarbons law by 38 votes in favour, 28 against and two abstentions. The project has now moved to the Lower House, despite opposition blocs’ unanimous rejection.

  • 22/10/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich denounces market attacks on gov't during Senate briefing

    Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich hit out against market forces whom he accused of trying to attack the administration of president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as he appeared before the Senate for the latest briefing.

  • 30/09/2014 | Argentina

    De Vido, Zannini praise new hydrocarbons law

    Federal Planning Minister Julio de Vido and Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini have supported the government-sponsored new hydrocarbons law during the Senate’s Constitutional Affairs Committee.

  • 01/10/2014 | Argentina

    Senate committees approve Hydrocarbon bill

    After hearing from YPF president Miguel Galuccio, a plenary of Senate committees has approved reforms to the Hydrocarbons law, sending the bill for debate in the Upper House where it will be voted on Wednesday October 8.

  • 02/10/2014 | Argentina

    Government submits Vanoli's appointment bill to Congress

    The government last night submitted the designation of Alejandro Vanoli as new Central Bank governor to the Upper House to be discussed. 

  • 03/09/2014 | Argentina

    'Voting yes to everything recalls dictatorship-era due obedience law'

    As senators readied to start today’s marathon-like session in which the government hopes to gain an easy passing for some key bills, UIA head Héctor Méndez renewed industrial leaders’ criticism of the project aiming to modify Argentina’s anti-hoarding legislation.

  • 04/09/2014 | Argentina

    Senate gives green light to new debt swap bill

    The Upper House gave its approval to the government-sponsored bill establishing the local payment of debt swaps and a package of consumer-protection bills that includes controversial amendments to the Anti-Hoarding Law.

  • 09/09/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House committee clears debt restructuring bill for debate

    Lower House committees have approved the Sovereign Payment bill for debate tomorrow, after hearing government official’s defense of the project that seeks to open a new debt swap with local “Nación Fideicomisos” as trustee.

  • 02/09/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't to add France as payment location in external debt bill

    The proposed bill to change the location of Argentine external debt payments will undergo a last-minute alteration, as government officials plan to add France as an alternative site for bond jurisdictions along with Buenos Aires.

  • 03/09/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich says G6 wants to 'govern' country, advises group to 'run in elections'

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich responded to criticism by the G6 group of Argentina’s top business leaders who have fiercely opposed the government-sponsored anti-hoarding bill to be addressed by the Senate today.

  • 03/09/2014 | Argentina

    Senate was set to approve debt swap, consumer bills

    The Upper House was expected to give its approval to the government’s bill establishing the local payment of debt swaps and a package of consumer-protection bills that includes controversial amendments to the Anti-Hoarding Law around midnight.

  • 26/08/2014 | Argentina

    Pro-government lawmakers modify Supply law, clear bill for debate

    Pro-government lawmakers have cleared the Supply law for debate in the Senate after introducing some modifications in the bill.

  • 27/08/2014 | Argentina

    Senate committees approve debt swap bill

    The proposed law to declare as of public interest the 2005 and 2010 debt restructurings and sovereign payments has obtained approval from a plenary of Senate committees, and will be debated before the Upper House on September 3.

  • 02/09/2014 | Argentina

    G6 rejects anti-hoarding law, threats to turn to courts if bill passes

    Business leaders who make up the so-called G6 group have rejected the government-sponsored anti-hoarding law that will be discussed in the Senate on Wednesday, saying it would “seriously risk job production, investment and proper goods supply.”

  • 06/08/2014 | Argentina

    'Oposition looks for excuses not to debate'

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich briefed senators in the Upper House during a session presided by Vicepresident Amado Boudou, but several opposition blocs walked out of the audience in protest to the presence of the politician.

  • 19/08/2014 | Argentina

    Senate commission on consumer laws in recess

    Senate commissions on the proposed amendments to the Supply law, the Competition law and a new bill to create a state mediation centre will resume tomorrow at 11am, after entering a recess on Tuesday evening.

  • 20/08/2014 | Argentina

    Senate committees discuss consumer bills

    A commitee plenary session in the Senate began discussions on amendments to the Competition and Anti-Hoarding laws with the presence of government officials.

  • 10/07/2014 | Argentina

    Senate passes C. Bank funds immunity bill

    In an almost unanimous voting and amid a fierce legal battle betweem Argentina and vulture funds suing the country over its defaulted bonds, the Senate passed a bill seeking to provide legal immunity for assets held by foreign central banks in the South American nation.

  • 28/07/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich postpones Senate briefing ahead of debt deadline

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich has postponed until August 6 a Senate briefing scheduled for Wednesday, the day in which Argentina must pay debt obligations with investors currently blocked from receiving funds by New York judge Thomas Griesa.

  • 04/08/2014 | Argentina

    Cabinet Chief to brief the Senate on Wednesday

    Originally scheduled for July, the Cabinet Chief’s visit to the Senate, where he is to brief lawmakers, will take place on Wednesday, the chief of ministers Jorge Capitanich himself confirmed.

  • 29/05/2014 | Argentina

    'We pay all so that our sons' name is not tarnished anymore'

    Following the passing of a bill to nationalise the university run by the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights organization by the Senate, the group’s president Hebe de Bonafini expressed her satisfaction with the decision.

  • 02/07/2014 | Argentina

    Senate passes State Responsibility Law

    With 38 votes in favor and 23 against the Senate passed today the State Responsibility Law, which regulates individual and private company lawsuits against the state, after 4 hours of debate.

  • 30/04/2014 | Argentina

    Senate passes unregistered work bill

    The Upper House today gave unanimous approval to the Promotion of Registered Work and Prevention of Labour Fraud bill, which proposes a series of sanctions and reductions for employer contributions to fight against unregistered employment figures.

  • 07/05/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich blasts media's 'systematic repetition of crimes' in Senate report

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich briefed senators on different government actions for the second time since he was appointed to head Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s ministerial team back in December, with crime and security one of the key issues during the session.

  • 28/05/2014 | Argentina

    Senate approves biodiesel tax exemption bill

    With kirchnerite, allied and opposition support, the Senate has approved a complete tax exemption for biodiesel production. The bill was passed with 63 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.

  • 27/03/2014 | Argentina

    Senate approves YPF-Repsol settlement

    After a marathon session which ended early this morning the Senate approved the US$5 billion compensation for the expropriation of 51 percent of YPF shares from Repsol.

  • 08/04/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House plenary session debates YPF-Repsol deal

    Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, the Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Carlos Zannini, and the head of YPF Miguel Galuccio were attending today a plenary session held by the Energy and Budget committees at the Lower House to provide details about the agreement signed between the Argentine government and Spanish Repsol on YPF's expropriation.

  • 22/04/2014 | Argentina

    Tomada targets re-offending businesses as registered workers bill sent to Senate

    Work Minister Carlos Tomada has admitted that 58 percent of businesses inspected under suspicion of employing unregistered workers repeat the same offences, as a project to reduce the number of 'in black' employees was sent to the Senate today.

  • 16/03/2014 | Argentina

    Political opposition and native hooligans

    By Mempo Giardinelli
    The Cabinet Chief’s first report to a plenary session of the Senate last Wednesday lasted 12 hours and even if there was no scandal, the result can be considered disappointing. Jorge Capitanich showed once again the immense patience of which he is capable, some opposition leaders displayed their vocation to repeat media slogans and in general, everybody showed their face.

  • 18/03/2014 | Argentina

    Senate commission ready to sign approval of YPF-Repsol deal

    Government senators will tomorrow sign committee approval for the deal that will compensate Repsol for the expropriation of a majority of YPF shares, in spite of criticism from indigenous groups, specialists and opposition figures who questioned the figures for the petroleum company and the environmental impact.

  • 19/03/2014 | Argentina

    YPF-Repsol deal to be debated in Senate after commission approval

    A bill supporting the agreement with Spanish corporation Repsol over the expropriation of YPF will be voted on by the Senate next Wednesday, after members of two Upper House commissions today cleared the project for debate.

  • 28/02/2014 | Argentina

    Zamora appointed new provisional president of the Senate

    The Senate today approved the appointment of former Santiago del Estero Governor Gerardo Zamora as the new provisional president of the Upper House, with 57 votes against 12. He will replace Tucumán Senator Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich.

  • 12/03/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich: Gov't will not accept any conditions in setting economic policy

    Chief of Cabinet's Jorge Capitanich today addressed the National Senate on the government’s policies, and pledged that the current administration would continue the policy of restructuring and reducing foreign debt commitments introduced by former president Nestor Kirchner.

  • 27/02/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't backs Zamora as next Senate leader

    Chief of Cabinet Jorge Capitanich today met with senators from the Victory Front in order to confirm "president Cristina Kirchner's desire" that Gerardo Zamora be designated as the new provisional president of the Upper House.

  • 28/02/2014 | Argentina

    Zamora's appointment responds to 'strategic' and 'democratic' decision

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich defended the decision by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to appoint ex governor of the province of Santiago del Estero Gerardo Zamora as the Senate provisional president, replacing Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich.

  • 28/02/2014 | Argentina

    Sanz warns Radical Party won't back Zamora's senate nomination

    Nomination of Gerardo Zamora as the new provisional president of the Upper House has already began to spark criticism by some opposition leaders. Senator Ernesto Sanz said the Radical Party will not support the appointment saying the ex governor of the Santiago del Estero province “lacks the qualities” for the job.

  • 11/12/2013 | Argentina

    Milani promotion passes through Senate Committee hearing

    Victory Front politicians have approved the promotion of Army Chief César Milani and it will be put up for vote during an upcoming session of the Senate next Wednesday.

  • 18/12/2013 | Argentina

    Senate passes Milani's promotion

  • 23/12/2013 | Argentina

    De la Rúa, all accused in bribery case absolved

    The trial against former president Fernando de la Rúa, accused of allegedly paying bribes to senators to get his labour reform approved in 2000 ended this afternoon raising eyebrows as he was absolved.

  • 04/10/2013 | Argentina

    Italian Senate panel recommends Berlusconi expulsion from Senate

    A cross-party Italian Senate committee today voted to recommend that centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud in August.

  • 05/11/2013 | Argentina

    US Senate panel approves intelligence authorization bill

    A US Senate panel approved its annual authorization of funding for intelligence operations, including measures to increase spy agencies' ability to prevent leaks of classified information like those by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 04/12/2013 | Argentina

    Senate approves Fabrega for Central Bank; Luxury good tax postponed

    The Argentine Senate has approved by a comfortable margin the appointment of Juan Carlos Fábrega as head of the Central Bank. A proposal to introduce heavier taxation on luxury cars and other goods, however, was pushed back by the Upper House.

  • 11/09/2013 | Argentina

    Recalde: ‘We have the most modern fleet in Latin America’

    Head of Aerolíneas Argentinas Mariano Recalde addressed a Senate committe to discuss the company's financial situation and business perspectives.

  • 11/09/2013 | Argentina

    Recalde: ‘We have the most modern fleet in Latin America’

    The head of Aerolíneas Argentinas addressed Senate Joint committee members about the financial and business situation of the company.

  • 02/10/2013 | Argentina

    Senate comission approves 2014 Budget

    The government obtained the endorsement needed to approve the budget bill expected to be voted on in a Senate session scheduled for October 9.

  • 23/07/2013 | Argentina

    Estela de Carlotto after CELS report: 'We are cautious'

    After her immediate support to the designation of highly questioned César Milani as the new head of the Army, the president of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Estela de Carlotto today praised the report unveiled yesterday by CELS human rights organization but however, she asked for “caution.”

  • 04/09/2013 | Argentina

    Senate debates debt swap

    The Senate was addressing today the debt swap announced by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner following the recent New York judicial setback in Argentina’s long-standing dispute against US-based vulture funds.

  • 05/09/2013 | Argentina

    AFIP's Echegaray defends tax reform at Senate committee

    A Senate joint committee was debating today the tax reform bill setting levies on companies that are not listed in the stock market. The project, fueled by the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration aims at re-fattening the state treasury following the decision to exempt 1.5 million workers from income tax payments.

  • 06/06/2013 | Argentina

    Senate committee supports Garré’s OAS appointment

    The Senate's Agreement Committee expressed its support for Nilda Garré’s appointment to the Organization of American States (OAS) as an ambassador of Argentina. The final voting will take place on June 26 on the Senate floor.

  • 03/07/2013 | Argentina

    Senate approves Garre's OAS appointment

    Senators approved the appointment of ex Security Minister Nilda Garré as Argentina’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) with 40 votes for and 25 against after a long debate in the afternoon. The opposition rejected the government-sponsored move.

  • 22/07/2013 | Argentina

    Senate committee's review of Milani's appointment deferred after CELS report

    The Senate’s appointment committee this morning began discussing General César Milani’s credentials for his appointment as head of the Army but will continue the debate tomorrow after CELS human rights group formally requested Milani's appointment to be denied.

  • 14/05/2013 | Argentina

    Kirchnerite MPs clear whitewash bill for debate

    After a long and intensive discussion, the Kirchnerite MPs cleared the whitewash bill for debate that will take place on May 22. The bill is an official move that has sparked strong opposition criticism since first announced last week.

  • 22/05/2013 | Argentina

    Senate debates whitewash bill

    Senators were addressing today the whitewashing bill that sets a tax amnesty plan allowing undeclared greenbacks’ access to the formal market and that most opposition blocs have resisted for "paving the way to money laundering."

  • 05/06/2013 | Argentina

    'Kirchnerite ministers don't come to Congress to discuss adjustment policies,' Abal Medina

    Juan Manuel Abal Medina attended the Senate to deliver a report on President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration. The Government’s railway, energy and foreign exchange policies were some of the issues mentioned by the opposition

  • 11/04/2013 | Argentina

    Judicial reform: Senate clears third bill in record time

    After yesterday's session in which lawmakers cleared two of the six bills that President Cristina Fernández submitted to Congress for debate, today the Senate joint committee cleared in record time the third project of the reform bill which contemplates the control of injunctions.

  • 16/04/2013 | Argentina

    Gov't accepts amendments to judicial reform bill

    Head of the Legal and Social Studies (CELS in Spanish) Horacio Verbitsky and deputy Justice Minister Julián Álvarez clashed at the Senate meeting held today to debate the justice reform.

  • 18/04/2013 | Argentina

    Senate passes bill regulating injunctions against the state

    The Senate preliminary approved a bill that regulates injunctions against the Government with 39 votes in favour and 29 against after a series of modifications were proposed by the Legal and Social Studies Centre (CELS in Spanish).

  • 21/03/2013 | Argentina

    Senate to debate Menem’s expulsion

    The Upper House Constitutional Affairs Committee will meet at the beginning of April to discuss the expulsion of ex-president and Senator Carlos Menem from Congress it was reported.

  • 10/04/2013 | Argentina

    Senate starts to address judicial reform bill; the opposition, absent

    A Senate joint committee has started to debate six bills that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner submitted to Congress earlier this week and that seek to reform the “corporative” nature of the judiciary system. Most Opposition lawmakers decided not to attend the meeting.

  • 10/04/2013 | Argentina

    Gov't secures first judicial reform approval at Senate's joint committee

    Kirchnerite lawmakers secured a quick first Senate approval of the bill that seeks to modify the process to elect members of the Council of Magistrates through popular voting procedures.

  • 19/12/2012 | Argentina

    Senate approves new Ambassador to US

    The Senate closed activities for 2012 yesterday with an extraordinary session in which it passed the appointment of María Cecilia Nahón as Argentine ambassador to the US and established January 31 as an “extraordinary national holiday” to commemorate the Assembly of the Year 1813.

  • 13/02/2013 | Argentina

    Timerman: 'all suspects will be questioned' but admits some could refuse to do so

    As Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman defended the agreement between Argentina and Iran, the Senate analyzed whether to pass or not an accord that looks to investigate the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in 1994.

  • 14/02/2013 | Argentina

    Timerman insists 'AMIA accord is a step forward'

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman came on stage today after the bill that aims to establish the agreement with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack as a treaty was cleared for debate yesterday at the Senate.

  • 11/11/2012 | Argentina

    Kirchnerites willing to approve 'Per Saltum' this week

    The Lower House of Congress will hold a debate on Wednesday, as the pro-goverment bloc is willing to approve the "Per Saltum" bill.

  • 29/11/2012 | Argentina

    Senate approves capital markets regulation bill

    The Upper House of Congress approved today a government-sponsored bill to regulate capital markets by 40 votes in favour and 22 against.

  • 18/12/2012 | Argentina

    Human trafficking law bill cleared for debate

    Lower House's committees cleared the Human trafficking law bill for debate, and will discussed at the floor tomorrow. The bill has been preliminary approved by the Upper House.

  • 31/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House approves teen vote

    The Lower House of Congress approved the government-sponsored teen suffrage bill, that allows 16-18 year olds the chance to vote in national elections, by 131 votes in favour and 2 against.

  • 31/10/2012 | Argentina

    Senate approves 2013 Budget bill

    The Upper House of Congress passed the 2013 Budget bill and turned into law as the ruling party and its traditional allies hold the majority. According to the budget, the country will grow at a 4.4 rate, inflation will be 10.8 percent and the official dollar exchange rate will be 5.10 pesos.

  • 02/11/2012 | Argentina

    Teen vote law comes into force

    The teen vote law, given the nod yesterday by Lower House lawmakers and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was made official today and signed into the Official Gazette by way of decree 2106/2012.

  • 23/10/2012 | Argentina

    'Per saltum,' Budget 2013 bills cleared for debate

    The Budget 2013 and the bill aimed at regulating the so-called “per saltum” were cleared for debate by the Upper House's Budget, Treasury and Constitutional Affairs Committees, respectively. Both bills will be debated at the floor on Wednesday 31.

  • 24/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House approves ART law reform

    The Lower House of Congress approved the reform of the ART risk insurance law with 139 votes in favour and 82 against. The bill had been preliminary approved by the Senate on October 3.

  • 30/10/2012 | Argentina

    Senate to debate Budget, 'per saltum' bills

    The Upper House of Congress will debate the Budget 2013 and "per saltum" bills in an intense session that is expected to last several hours.

  • 16/10/2012 | Argentina

    Senate to debate youth vote on Wednesday

    Senators will debate on Wednesday the bill seeks to allow 16 and 17 year-old youngsters to vote and the designation of former senator María Perceval as new ambassador to the U

  • 17/10/2012 | Argentina

    Upper House preliminary approves teen suffrage bill

    The Upper House of Congress preliminary approved the polemic teen suffrage bill, which will allow teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 the opportunity to vote in the national election.

  • 18/10/2012 | Argentina

    'Abortion discussion to be opened at some stage,' Senator Fernández

    A day after the Uruguayan senate legalized abortion, Senator Aníbal Fernández didn’t hold back to mention the subject with regards to Argentina stating that “the discussion on abortion will be opened at some stage,” but was unsure about whether it would happen “right away.”

  • 02/10/2012 | Argentina

    Senate preliminary approves ART bill reform

    The Upper House of Congress preliminary approved the reform of the ART risk insurance law, with 41 votes in favour and 19 against. Meanwhile, the "femicide" sentences bill was unanimously approved, passed back to the Lower House.

  • 09/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House clears ART bill reform for debate

    The Workers Legislation, Budget and General Legislation committees of the Lower House of Congress cleared the workers risk insurance (ART) law reform for debate and will be at the floor on October 24. The bill has already been preliminary approved by the Senate.

  • 16/10/2012 | Argentina

    'Argentina's transformation has yet to be completed,' Kicillof

    Deputy Economy Minister Axel Kicillof was the key speaker in the 2013 Budget bill debate taking place in a special committe session in the Senate today. The bill was recently approved by lawmakers in the Lower House of Congress.

  • 19/09/2012 | Argentina

    Senate debates bills that could give 16 year olds, foreigners the vote

    The Senate began debating two bills that, if passed into law, would allow young people between the age of 16 and 18 to vote, as well as foreigners who have been living in the country for two years.

  • 19/09/2012 | Argentina

    Pro-gov't lawmakers further defend teen suffrage bill

    On entering the Senate’s session today, in which the teen suffrage bill was being debated, senators for the Victory Front caucus further defended the bill highlighting the positive effects the possible new law could have on the next election.

  • 19/09/2012 | Argentina

    Teen vote: ‘We are betting on the youngsters,’ Sileoni

    Education Minister Alberto Sileoni came on stage today to defend a draft bill that would allow minors between the age of 16 and 18, and foreign residents to vote. The debate bagan this morning at the Upper House. The official was the first speaker in a parliamentary session that is expected to last the entire day.

  • 05/09/2012 | Argentina

    Senate committee debates bill that could give 16-18 year olds the vote

    The Senate began today the debate of the bill that, if passed into law, would allow young people between the age of 16 and 18 to vote, as well as foreigners who have been living in the country for two years.

  • 12/09/2012 | Argentina

    Senate approves Banco Ciudad bill

    The Senate approved the law that passes court funds from Banco Ciudad to Banco Nación, with 39 votes in favour of the measure and 25 against. The law was passed after an intense, six hour debate and as the Banco Ciudad employees staged a protest outside Congress to reject the measure.

  • 13/09/2012 | Argentina

    'I had absolute certainty of the bribes,' 'Chacho' Alvarez

    Former vice-president Carlos “Chacho" Alvarez assured today that he gathered several elements that have him absolute certainty on the payment of bribes to senators to pass the labour reform bill in April 2000.

  • 28/08/2012 | Argentina

    De La Rúa pleads not guilty

    Former president Fernando de la Rúa assured he is innocent and denied that bribes were paid in order to pass a disputed labour reform bill in 2000.

  • 28/08/2012 | Argentina

    Senate committees debate Banco de la Ciudad bill

    Senate committees of Economy and Investment, Budget and Finance, and Justice and Criminal matters, debating today a ruling party's bill that proposes funds from future court cases to be moved out of the Banco de la Ciudad to the Banco de la Nación, but did nor clear it for debate on the floor.

  • 04/09/2012 | Argentina

    Banco Ciudad bill musters quorum in Senate committee session

    The bill that proposes moving judicial funds from Banco Ciudad to Banco Nación mustered quorum today in a plenary committee session in the Senate.

  • 21/08/2012 | Argentina

    Ex Ciccone take over bill cleared for debate

    The bill to take over the currency printing South American Values Company, formerly known as Ciccone, was cleared for debate by the Constitutional Affairs, Budget and General Legislation Committes, and will debated at the Lower House of Congress tomorrow.

  • 21/08/2012 | Argentina

    Pontaquarto ratifies bribes were ordered by De la Rúa

    Former Parliament Secretary Mario Pontaquarto ratified today in court than then President Fernando de la Rúa ordered the payment of bribery in order to guarantee that Peronist senators voted workforce flexibility law in April 2000.

  • 22/08/2012 | Argentina

    Lawmakers approve Ciccone expropriation bill

    The Lower House of Congress has approved the bill that declares the mint South American Values Company (CSV), formerly known as Ciccone Calcográfica, of public use and subject to expropriation by the national government, in a special session.

  • 14/08/2012 | Argentina

    Trial over alleged Upper House bribery begins

    The trial against ex President Fernando de la Rúa over the alleged payment of bribes began at the Senate with the reading of the causes by the prosecutor that investigated the event that took place in April 2000 in order to achieve the approval of the Labour Relaxation Law.

  • 15/08/2012 | Argentina

    Senate approves Gils Carbó's designation as prosecutor-general

    The Senate approved Alejandra Gils Carbó’s appointment as prosecutor-general in today’s debate,  with 63 votes in favour and 3 against.

  • 17/08/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House's Kirchnerites call for special session over Ciccone

    The Lower House of Congress called for a special session for next Wednesday to debate the bill to take over the currency printing South American Values Company, formerly known as Ciccone, preliminary approved by the Senate last night.

  • 11/07/2012 | Argentina

    Senate clears way for debate on Gils Carbó Prosecutor General designation

    The Senate officially cleared the way for the National Government’s request to appoint Alejandra Gils Carbó as Prosecutor General. The designation will be debated in a public hearing on August 7th and Senators will vote on August 15th.

  • 07/08/2012 | Argentina

    Gils Garbó's appointment as Procurator General cleared for debate

    The Government’s letter requesting Alejandra Gils Carbó’s appointment as Procurator General  was cleared  for debate by the Senate's Agreements Committee and will be debated on the floor on August 15th.

  • 08/08/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House approves Banco Ciudad bill

    The Lower House of Congress approved today a bill that, if passed by the Senate will have court deposits moved from Banco Ciudad to Banco Nación, in a short session following the opposition’s early withdrawal from the debate.

  • 30/06/2012 | Argentina

    'Moyano's power is starting to wither,' Pichetto

    The head of the Kirchnerite bloc in the Senate Miguel Ángel Pichetto, spoke today in heavy criticism of secretary-general of the CGT umbrella union Hugo Moyano, and said that “he had more power before marching to the square than after,” referring to Wednesday’s mass rally to the Plaza de Mayo.

  • 10/07/2012 | Argentina

    'Moyano has lost his sense of direction,' Aníbal Fernández

    National senator Aníbal Fernández refreshed his criticism against CGT umbrella union boss Hugo Moyano this morning, by labelling him a ‘transvestite,’ and stating that he “has lost his sense of direction."

  • 10/07/2012 | Argentina

    Govt's letter suggesting Gils Carbó for Prosecutor General reaches Senate

    The National Government’s request to designate Alejandra Gils Carbó as the new Procurator General reached the Upper House, and senators are expected to formally clear it for debate and move forward with her appointment process on Wednesday.

  • 31/05/2012 | Argentina

    Opposition blasts Medina's approach to the economy

    Members of the opposition came on stage to criticise points made during Cabinet Chief Juan Abal Medina’s address in the Senate yesterday.

  • 05/06/2012 | Argentina

    Senate committee clears Reposo's appointment for debate

    After a 10-hour public hearing, the Agreements Committee voted in favour of debating the appointment of Daniel Reposo as the new Procurator-General on the Senate floor. While answering questions from the senators, Reposo clashed strongly with members of the opposition.

  • 23/06/2012 | Argentina

    Senate to hold special session to reject Paraguay's 'institutional coup'

    The head of the Kirchnerite caucus in the Senate Miguel Angel Pichetto confirmed that the Senate will hold a special session to reject the ‘institutional coup” which took place on Paraguay on Friday.

  • 26/05/2012 | Argentina

    Cabinet Chief Medina to give first speech at Senate

    Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina will pay a visit to the Senate on Wednesday next week, in order to report on President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration.

  • 29/05/2012 | Argentina

    Senate postpones Cabinet Chief's visit

    The Senate postponed Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina’s visit, which was scheduled for Wednesday, due to the fact that the Government official did not reply to the questions sent by senators. The Cabinet Chief must give a report on President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's administration.

  • 30/05/2012 | Argentina

    'Argentina needs to go through process of de-dollarization,' Abal Medina

    While speaking before Congress, Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina said Argentina needs to go through a “de-dollarization” process and assured that “there is a segment of the Argentine population that has an obsessive-compulsive mania of thinking in dollars.”

  • 10/05/2012 | Argentina

    'It's very important to debate my designation with the Senate,' Reposo

    Daniel Reposo, the administration’s pick to fill the seat of the prosecutor-general, recently left vacant after Esteban Righi tendered his resignation, said on Ambito Debate that he was confident all lawmakers would be able to “clear any doubts” they had towards him when he submits himself to the vetting process in Congress.

  • 15/05/2012 | Argentina

    Govt's request to appoint new Prosecutor General reaches Senate

    Lawmakers in the Upper House confirmed that they received on Monday the National Government’s written request to appoint current SIGEN head Daniel Reposo as the new Prosecutor General.

  • 16/05/2012 | Argentina

    Senate accepts to debate Reposo's appointment as Prosecutor-General

    The Senate accepted the document recommending Daniel Reposo to replace Esteban Righi as Prosecutor-General sent by the National Government and readies to begin discussing its approval on June 5.

  • 03/05/2012 | Argentina

    UCR's Deputy Aguad says party backs YPF expropriation due to 'pressures'

    Radical Party’s Oscar Aguad assured today that a large majority of his Radical fellow-lawmakers reject the YPF draft bill to expropriate 51 percent of energy company YPF sponsored by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, but they have been “pressured during the past two weeks” to back the project.

  • 08/05/2012 | Argentina

    Senate committee clears Electoral Code Reform bill for debate

    The draft fill over the reform of the National Electoral Code sponsored by the Executive branch was cleared to be debated by a majority vote at the Upper House’s Constitutional Affairs Committee and will be debated on Wednesday 16.

  • 09/05/2012 | Argentina

    Senate passes 'gender idendity' law

    The Senate approved the gender identity bill, which allows citizens to officially change their name and sexual identity if they wish to so, without the need to request a special permission in court.

  • 26/04/2012 | Argentina

    Senate passes YPF expropriation bill

    The Upper House passed Repsol-YPF’s expropriation bill late last night after debating for more than 15 hours. With 63 votes in favour, 3 against and 4 abstained from voting, Senators passed the bill sent to Congress by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that calls for the expropriation of 51 percent stake in YPF oil and gas giant, which are currently held by Spain-based energy company Repsol. Now the bill will be sent to the Lower House for final approval next week.

  • 29/04/2012 | Argentina

    Aguad calls UCR to ‘rebuild identity’, confirms disagreement with YPF expropriation

    Radical party’s Deputy Oscar Aguad came on stage to reaffirm his differences with the party’s decision to vote in favour of the expropriation of YPF on next Thursday’s Lower House’s session, and confirmed that he will not endorse the measure.

  • 02/05/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House debates YPF draft bill

    The Lower House of Congress began the YPF draft bill debate over the expropriation of the oil company that has been already preliminary approved by the Senate. The session went on until midnight and will go on a recess to continue today at 10am. The government-sponsored bill will determine the expropriation of the 51 percent of the shares of YPF so far owned by Spain-based energy company Repsol.

  • 22/03/2012 | Argentina

    Senate passes Central Bank reform

    After a long debate that ended at press time last night, the Upper House passed the reform of the Central Bank’s Charter, which would authorize the organization to transfer money to the Treasury and expand its regulatory power in both financial and exchange activities.

  • 18/04/2012 | Argentina

    Senators clear for debate YPF expropriation bill

    With the presence of oil and gas experts, and opposition parties, the Upper House's Budget and Finance, Constitutional Affairs, and Energy committees cleared for debate the YPF expropriation draft bill presented by the Executive Power, after a second day of talks. Thus, the draft bill will reach to the Lower House for debate on Wednesday next week.

  • 25/04/2012 | Argentina

    Senate expected to approve YPF takeover bill

    A vote on the YPF takeover bill was expected late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning as the Upper House kept debating the bill which President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sent to Congress this week. The bill calls for the expropriation of a 51 percent of YPF’s shares, currently owned by Spanish oil company Repsol.

  • 22/12/2011 | Argentina

    Senate approves Newsprint, Land Ownership Bill

    The Upper House of Congress approved the Land Ownership bill with 62 votes in favour and 1 against. During the second day of the 48-hour marathon extraordinary session, the Senate also approved the controversial Newsprint bill which establishes that the printing and distribution of newsprint is of public interest.

  • 14/03/2012 | Argentina

    Upper House passes motion to amend Criminal Code

    Senators unanimously passed a bill that looks to aims to erase from the Criminal Code an article that allows a victim of rape to forgive his/her sexual aggressor. They also ratified a declaration claiming sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.

  • 21/03/2012 | Argentina

    Senate preliminary approves subway service transfer bill

    The Upper House preliminary approved the bill that seeks to transfer the subway service administration to the City. The Senators were debating each article and some of the senators who voted in favour of the motion would express certain concerns. The session will later debate the bill that seeks to reform the Central Bank’s charter

  • 19/12/2011 | Argentina

    Committee clears 2012 budget bill for Senate debate

    The Senate’s Budget and Treasury Committee cleared the 2012 budget bill, which will be discussed on the floor next Wednesday. The extension of the economic emergency bill as well as the one on cigarette and checks taxes were also cleared for debate.

  • 21/12/2011 | Argentina

    Upper House approves 2012 Budget Law, economic bills

    The Upper House of Congress approved the 2012 Budget with 44 votes in favour and 26 against, and a package of economic bills sponsored by the government. Earlier, the controversial Farm Worker Statute that sparked Union protests was approved at the Senate with 68 votes in favor and one against from senator and former president Carlos Menem.

  • 21/12/2011 | Argentina

    Senate approves Farm Worker Statute, despite of protests

    The controversial Farm Worker Statute that sparked Union protests in several locations throughout the country this morning was approved at the Senate this afternoon with 68 votes in favor and one against from senator and former president Carlos Menem.

  • 19/12/2011 | Argentina

    Budget: Fernández says 'no one can tell the President how to govern'

    Senator and former Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández blasted the opposition’s intention to modify the bill for the “law of laws” sent by the Executive branch and considered that “no one can tell the President (Cristina Fernández de Kirchner) how to govern.”

  • 19/12/2011 | Argentina

    Lorenzino does not foresee 'strangling of trade balance'

    Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino said before Parliament today the government does not foresee a “strangling of the trade balance” for 2012, anticipating a positive result.

  • 19/12/2011 | Argentina

    Reinforced Senate to face Venegas’ protest

    Although the Lower House could avoid any demonstration by preliminary approving the new farm worker law at 3am, the Senate had to be fenced to face a protest summoned by UATRE farm hands union leader Gerónimo Venegas. The Agriculture Committee of the Upper House is expected to begin the debate at 6pm.

  • 30/11/2011 | Argentina

    Senate hosts swearing in ceremony for new members

    The parliamentary ceremony was taking place this morning, where 24 senators elected in Buenos Aires, La Rioja, Misiones, Formosa, San Juan, San Luis, Jujuy and Santa Cruz were being sworn in by the Senate president, Julio Cobos.

  • 15/12/2011 | Argentina

    Senate committee to debate 2012 Budget, Economic bills

    The Senate's Treasury and Budget Committee will start discussing today a set of bills that include key proposals from the government such as the Budget for 2012, an extension on the Economic Emergency Law and the validity of check and cigarette taxes, which were psased yesterday by the Lower House after a seven-hour debate.

  • 16/12/2011 | Argentina

    Land ownership bill passed at the Lower House

    The land ownership bill, a legislation aimed at restricting foreign ownership of rural land, was approved by the Lower House early on Friday with 153 in favour and 26 against the new law. The bill now moved to the Senate.

  • 24/11/2011 | Argentina

    Senate suspends last ordinary session of the year

    The Upper House of Congress suspended its last session of the ordinary period that was scheduled for November 30 after the sworn in of the senators elected in October 23.

  • 25/11/2011 | Argentina

    Economy Minister, Cobos crossfire over swearing-in ceremony

    Vice-President Julio Cobos answered to Economy Minister Amado Boudou’s accusations over the new designations in the Upper House of Congress and assured he is “dramatizing situations that have nothing to do with the reality.” Earlier, Boudou assured “I don’t want to even be close to” Cobos in the swearing-in ceremony.

  • 30/11/2011 | Argentina

    Rojkés de Alperovich promises 'loyalty' to President CFK

    The Peronist senator for Tucumán, Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich spoke today after it was confirmed that she will be sworn in as the provisional president of the Senate and promised full “loyalty” to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.  The Senate will this morning swear in a third of its members, who were elected in the October 23 elections.

  • 03/08/2011 | Argentina

    Lower House approves 'economic emergency' bill for areas affected by ashes

    The Lower House of Congress resumed its sessions after the winter recess and approved the bill that declares the state of economic and social emergency in the area affected by the ashes of the Puyehue volcano.

  • 28/09/2011 | Argentina

    Senate fails to muster quorum due to an absent Victory Front

    The Upper House did not manage to gather quorum on Wednesday after the Victory Front caucus decided not to enter the Senate floor, since they “had failed to agree on the matters they would discuss with the opposition,” Miguel Angel Pichetto said.

  • 09/11/2011 | Argentina

    Alak urges Senate to pass anti-money laundering bills before year's end

    Justice Minister Julio Alak met with the Victory Front caucus in the Senate in order to push two anti-money laundering bills adding that the Government “expects to have both of them passed before year’s end.” 

  • 03/05/2011 | Argentina

    Garré skips Upper House special insecurity meeting

    Security Minister Nilda Garré was absent from a meeting in the Senate's Justice and Legal Issues Comittee, to which she had been invited to give her opinion regarding a draft bill seeking to declare the state of emergency regarding citizen security issues.

  • 04/05/2011 | Argentina

    Senate passes regulation of maid services

    The Senate unanimously passed a law that will regulate the employment of maid services by expanding several rights, although it postponed an article-by-article review of the law until June 1st.

  • 01/06/2011 | Argentina

    Senate passes amendments to money laundering bill

    With 61 votes in favour and 2 against, the Upper House passed a bill that will amend the Penal Code in order to include money laundering in the list of criminal activities, in compliance with demands by the international Financial Action Task Force (GAFI), which had threatened to sanction Argentina if the changes weren’t made soon.

  • 15/12/2010 | Argentina

    Senate stalls debate over military appointments

    The pro-government sector in the Senate stalled the debate over additional military appointments, which was scheduled for next week, because the opposition refused to include the military appointment of a general from the Army in question.

  • 22/12/2010 | Argentina

    Senate approves military appointments

    The Kirchnerite bloc managed to muster quorum and approve the 300 additional military appointments sent by the Executive Branch to the Upper House of Congress.

  • 30/03/2011 | Argentina

    Senate sends request to open Chubut ballot boxes to committee, upsets Kirchnerites

    After hours of debate, the Senate decided to send a Kirchnerite request calling for a “one by one” vote recount in the Chubut election to the Constitutional Affairs Committee, upsetting the ruling party who intended to table a motion to pass the request.

  • 31/05/2015 | World

    Boehner urges US Senate to pass surveillance reform bill

    The Republican leader of the US House of Representatives urged the US Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill that reforms an expiring domestic surveillance program, and do so "expeditiously."

  • 05/11/2014 | World

    Republicans capture control of Senate in US midterm elections

    Republicans rolled up big victories yesterday and seized control of the US Senate, in midterm elections that tipped the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and will complicate his remaining two years in office.

  • 04/11/2014 | World

    Republicans strike early blow in US midterm election results

    Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in US congressional elections in their drive to control the US Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from Obama and his Democrats.

  • 04/11/2014 | World

    Obama says he sees 'worst possible' Senate map since Eisenhower

    US President Barack Obama has said that the Senate electoral map heavily favors Republicans, making it the toughest grouping of races faced by a second-term president since Republican Dwight Eisenhower lost heavily in 1958.

  • 05/11/2014 | World

    Republicans tighten grip on US House of Representatives

    Republicans have tightened their grip on the US House of Representatives with a blizzard of victories over rival Democrats that also gave the party control of the Senate.

  • 12/06/2014 | World

    US Senate confirms Fischer as vice chairman of the Fed

    The US Senate confirmed today Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve and approved Jerome Powell and Lael Brainard as members of the central bank's board, bolstering the Fed as it prepares to wind down its extraordinary stimulus.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Fed's Yellen says US recovery incomplete, defends loose policy

    The US economic recovery remains incomplete, with a still-ailing job market and stagnant wages justifying loose monetary policy for the foreseeable future, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told a Senate committee today.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    France's far-right grabs first ever Senate seats as Socialists lose majority

    The far-right National Front won its first ever seats in France's upper house of parliament, as President Francois Hollande's Socialist party lost its Senate majority.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US Senate to confirm Yellen as Fed chair

    The US Senate intends to waste no time making history as it moves to approve Janet Yellen to be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, Yellen, 67, who has been vice chair of the US central bank since 2010, would succeed Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends on January 31.

  • 10/03/2014 | World

    US Senate Democrats open marathon session on climate change

    More than two dozen US Senate Democrats have joined forces to speak through the night, hoping to "wake up" Congress to what is seen as the threat of climate change.

  • 07/04/2014 | World

    US Senate votes to extend jobless benefits; faces divided House

    The Democratic-led US Senate has passed a bill to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    Italy Senate expels Berlusconi from parliament after conviction

    The Italian Senate expelled Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his conviction for tax fraud, in what the centre-right leader called a day of mourning for Italian democracy.

  • 18/12/2013 | World

    US Senate passes budget deal, focus shifts to spending

    The US Senate passed a two-year budget deal to ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of a government shutdown, but fights were already breaking out over how to implement the budget pact.

  • 26/12/2013 | World

    Obama signs bipartisan budget deal that eases spending cuts

    President Barack Obama today signed the two-year US budget agreement negotiated by Congress earlier this month.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    US Senate panel passes plan to restrict but keep mass surveillance

    The US Senate Intelligence Committee has approved legislation that would tighten controls on the government's sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    Yellen clears first Senate hurdle to become next Fed chair

    The US Senate Banking Committee approved Janet Yellen's nomination to become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    Democrats change Senate rules to pass Obama's stalled nominees

    On a nearly party-line vote, Democrats changed the Senate's balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against presidential nominees, except those for the US Supreme Court.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    US senators hint at possible fiscal deal

    A month of combat in the US Congress over government spending showed signs of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent default on federal debt.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Obama says will sign bill immediately to reopen government

    President Barack Obama said he will sign legislation to reopen the US government and avert a debt default as soon as it reaches the White House.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Italian Senate committee delays decision on Berlusconi vote

    An Italian Senate Committee postponed a decision on whether a vote to expel former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from the upper house should be secret, further delaying the moment when his political fate will be sealed.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US Senate again rejects House Republican spending bill

    For the second time today, the US Senate rejected an emergency funding bill approved by the House of Representatives that would have made major changes to the Obamacare healthcare law.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Obama blames gov't shutdown on 'ideological crusade'

    President Barack Obama today blamed Republicans for an "ideological crusade" aimed at his healthcare program and urged lawmakers to vote to keep government operations running without conditions.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    US Democrats deny debt negotiations stalled

    Senate leaders are "making progress" in their bid to resolve Washington's latest fiscal crisis but still seek agreement on two key points, length of an increase in the debt limit and a funding bill to reopen the government, a Democratic aide said today.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama urges US House to approve Senate backed immigration plan

    President Barack Obama urged the House of Representatives today to follow the lead of the Senate and approve a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    US Senate confirms Comey to be next FBI director

    Former Deputy US Attorney General James Comey, a Republican who gained fame when he refused to sanction a government surveillance initiative in 2004, won Senate confirmation as President Barack Obama's pick to head the FBI.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US Senate Democrats say they will defeat Obamacare delay

    Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay "Obamacare" health reforms today and send a "clean" bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    Senate panel backs Obama labour nominee

    A Senate committee voted along party lines today to send President Barack Obama's controversial nominee for secretary of labour, Thomas Perez, to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Obama praises US Senate panel move on immigration bill

    President Barack Obama, who has made enactment of an immigration bill one of his top priorities for this year, praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's action, saying the bill was consistent with the goals he has expressed.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Bernanke offers no hint of pullback in Fed stimulus

    The Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus is helping the US economy recover, and the central bank needs to see further signs of traction before taking its foot off the gas, central bank chairman Ben Bernanke said today.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Obama: 'shameful' politics to blame for defeat of gun measure

    Joined by relatives of the victims of gun violence, President Barack Obama angrily blamed politics for the failure of gun control legislation and urged voters to send a message at the ballot box that they want stronger gun laws.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Obama: 'shameful' politics to blame for defeat of gun measure

    Joined by relatives of the victims of gun violence, US President Barack Obama angrily blamed politics for the failure of gun control legislation and urged voters to send a message at the ballot box that they want stronger gun laws.

  • 09/05/2013 | World

    Immigration bill passes first early test in US Senate

    In the first legislative test for the US Senate's bipartisan immigration bill, the Judiciary Committee rejected a Republican attempt to significantly delay the legalization process for 11 million undocumented immigrants, a central focus of the bill.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    US Senate to start votes on gun control measure

    Two senators who brokered a breakthrough deal to expand background checks on gun buyers said they expected to defeat efforts to block the bill as the Senate takes up its first vote on gun-control legislation this week.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    US senators get deal on farm worker wages in immigration bill

    US senators negotiating an immigration bill have reached agreement on wages for foreign farm laborers working in the United States and a limit on visas for such workers, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    'Hard work starts now' as US Senate takes up gun control

    The US Senate cleared the way for debate on proposals to curb gun violence, rejecting an effort by conservative Republicans to block consideration of gun-control legislation prompted by the Newtown school massacre.

  • 12/02/2013 | World

    US Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief

    A US Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate, possibly this week.

  • 31/03/2013 | World

    US Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform, lawmakers say

    With US business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the US immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said.

  • 10/04/2013 | World

    Key US senators announce deal on background checks for gun buyers

    A Democratic and a Republican senator said they had struck a deal to expand background checks for gun buyers, boosting prospects for passage in the Senate of at least some of President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals.

  • 01/02/2013 | World

    Despite weak Senate performance, Hagel may yet win Pentagon post

    Chuck Hagel's cautious testimony may not have won converts during his contentious nomination hearing for US defence secretary, but it appeared today not to have cost support he will need to be confirmed as the new Pentagon chief.

  • 06/02/2013 | World

    US Senate committee delays vote on Hagel confirmation

    The US Senate Armed Services committee will not vote this week on Chuck Hagel's confirmation as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defence, the panel's chairman said today.

  • 11/02/2013 | World

    US Senate vote on Hagel seen this week, approval expected

    Senate Democratic leaders moved ahead with plans for a vote on Chuck Hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense, clearing the way for him to become President Barack Obama's new Pentagon chief despite intense opposition from some Republicans.

  • 23/01/2013 | World

    Clinton angrily defends handling of Benghazi attack

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton angrily defended her handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi and denied any effort to mislead people.

  • 28/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves $50.5 B Sandy aid package

    The US Senate today approved a $50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • 29/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves Kerry as secretary of state

    John Kerry's nomination as US President Barack Obama's new secretary of state sailed through the US Senate today, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    US House approves new Iran sanctions on oil, shipping sectors

    The US House of Representatives passed a new package of sanctions against Iran that aim to punish banks, insurance companies and shippers that help Tehran sell its oil.

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

    Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of US President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state today in the face of what promised to be a contentious Senate confirmation battle.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves 'fiscal cliff' deal, crisis eased

    The Senate moved the US economy back from the edge of a "fiscal cliff" , voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    US Congress punts hard payroll tax work to 2012

    US President Barack Obama signed into law a two-month payroll tax cut extension, capping a year of fierce partisan combat over taxes and spending that will resume in January and play heavily in the 2012 elections.

  • 12/01/2012 | World

    US Justice Dept backs Obama recess appointments

    The US Justice Department defended President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments to two agencies, releasing a detailed legal analysis of why the appointments passed constitutional muster.

  • 17/07/2012 | World

    Mexico bank regulator defends role in HSBC scandal

    Mexico's banking regulator defended its role in a money laundering scandal engulfing HSBC Holdings Plc, saying it had repeatedly told the bank to improve lax controls over suspect funds passing through its accounts.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    US Senate approves China yuan bill, House fate unclear

    The US Senate approved a controversial bill to punish China over its currency in an effort to save US jobs, sending it to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Former Illinois governor sentenced to 14 years

    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for political corruption including attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by then President-elect Barack Obama.

  • 17/12/2011 | World

    US Congress passes spending bill to keep gov't running

    The US Senate passed a US$915 billion bill to fund most federal agency activities through next September and avert a government shutdown.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    US Congress averts default, downgrade fears haunt

    The United States stepped back from the brink of default but congressional approval of a last-gasp deficit-cutting plan failed to dispel fears of a credit downgrade and future feuds over taxes and spending.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    Italy Senate okays austerity plan, moves to chamber

    The Italian Senate approved the government's widely criticised austerity programme aimed at staving off financial crisis in a vote of confidence called by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

  • 11/09/2011 | World

    Crucial Italy austerity package enters home stretch

    Italy's often revised 54-billion-euro austerity package enters the final stretch on Monday when cuts aimed at balancing the budget by 2013 go before the lower house of parliament, with approval due later in the week.

  • 15/06/2011 | World

    Hackers again break into US Senate website

    Hackers broke into the US Senate's public website for the second time in a week but were prevented from getting any sensitive data, a security spokeswoman said.

  • 28/07/2011 | World

    House will not vote tonight on Boehner debt plan

    Urgent efforts to avoid an unprecedented US debt default hit another snag when some rebel Republican lawmakers refused to back a budget deficit plan proposed by their own congressional leaders.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    US Senate to vote on debt deal

    Just hours before the Treasury's authority to borrow funds runs out - risking a damaging US debt default - the Senate and President Barack Obama are expected to approve a deal to cut a bulging deficit and lift the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling enough to last beyond the November 2012 elections.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    US Senate nears key vote on Obama tax package

    The Democratic-led Congress moved toward grudging approval of President Barack Obama's deal with Republicans to extend expiring tax cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans.

  • 22/12/2010 | World

    US Senate approves nuclear arms treaty with Russia

    The US Senate approved a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, giving President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory in his drive to improve ties with Moscow and curb the spread of atomic weapons to other nations.

  • 09/03/2011 | World

    Wisconsin Senate passes public-sector union curbs

    Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate approved Governor Scott Walker's plan to curb the rights of public-sector unions, stripping out the parts that required the presence of their 14 absent Democratic colleagues.

  • 03/03/2015 | Latin America

    Uruguay’s Mujica assumes Senate seat

  • 27/12/2011 | Latin America

    Uruguay Senate preliminary approves abortion bill

    Uruguay's Senate passed a bill to decriminalize abortion, a move that underscores the nation's liberal stance on ethical issues in the mainly conservative Roman Catholic region.

  • 27/01/2012 | Latin America

    Hacker group Anonymous targets Mexican websites

    The activist hacker group Anonymous attacked three Mexican government websites in protest at a proposed bill that seeks to toughen local laws about online file-sharing.

  • 22/06/2012 | Latin America

    Paraguay's Congress ousts Lugo, vice-president sworn in

    Paraguay's Congress removed President Fernando Lugo from officeafter a lightning-quick impeachment that he said was tantamount to a coup but pledged to accept.

  • 15/05/2013 | Argentina

    Amid criticism, Senate committees clear tax amnesty bill for debate

    On the day the government-sponsored tax-free dollar whitewash bill was cleared by the Senate’s committees, BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri, former Central Bank governor Javier González Fraga and Deputy Omar Plaini renewed criticism of the initiative.

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