LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.
WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Top Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to "get his own party in line" behind the fast-track trade negotiation authority that he called for in his State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a bipartisan two-year budget deal, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16- President Barack Obama emerged bruised but victorious from the latest budget war on Wednesday and said there was much work to do in a deeply divided Washington to win back the trust of the American people.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16- U.S. House of Representatives leaders have not yet decided on whether their chamber or the Senate would vote first on a measure to raise the country's debt limit and reopen the federal government, according to a senior Republican and a Capitol Hill aide.
WASHINGTON, Oct 5- The Pentagon said on Saturday it would recall most of the roughly 400,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown, in a move that could greatly lessen the impact of the shutdown on America's armed forces.
*After day of discord, no action in Senate until Monday afternoon. WASHINGTON, Sept 29- With a deadline to avert a federal government shutdown fast approaching, the U.S. Capitol was eerily quiet on Sunday as Republicans and Democrats waited for the other side to blink first and break the impasse over funding.
*No action in Senate until Monday afternoon. WASHINGTON, Sept 29- With just a day to go before a midnight Monday deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown, the U.S. Capitol building was eerily quiet on Sunday, with meeting rooms locked and no lawmakers to be found inside.
WASHINGTON-- House Speaker John Boehner bought stock in two health care companies this year, while third-ranking House Republican Kevin McCarthy bought and sold Apple stock within a few days. The initial disclosures for members of Congress were posted Monday on the Internet. Congress passed the law as part of an effort to repair its sagging public image.