U.S. Senate Republicans elected John Thune of South Dakota to become the third-ranking leader in a revision of their top team prompted by Senator Lamar Alexander’s decision to step aside.
Senator John Barrasso , a Wyoming Republican, led lawmakers from western states in introducing legislation to boost production of oil on federal lands, a day after Democrats blocked legislation to raise offshore output.
President Barack Obama said Americans should honor the end of the war in Iraq and returning U.S. troops by setting aside political differences to respond to economic challenges.
Republicans who criticized the Obama administration for providing U.S. backing to the failed Solyndra LLC sought such federal loan guarantees for cleaner-coal projects they favored.
"At a minimum, we are going to strip out the worst parts."
- John Barrasso on Jan 06, 2015