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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 1- Republicans plan to bring a bill addressing Puerto Rico's debt crisis to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by the end of March, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Monday. The U.S. Treasury Department has called on Congress to create a fiscal control board for Puerto Rico. Separately on Monday, White House spokesman Josh...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's government is pushing a bond swap with creditors to help generate revenue as U.S. legislators prepare to debate creation of an oversight authority to help pull the island out of a deepening economic crisis. "A crisis of this magnitude must be addressed in concert, otherwise we risk our ability and the opportunity to escape the...

  • But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem sharp criticism from several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who view Russia as the chief geopolitical threat to the United States. John McCain, R- Ariz., they said using the Russian engines enriches President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Congressional negotiators edged closer to a historic deal to lift a 40- year-old ban on most U.S. crude oil exports as part of a massive government spending bill, but the talks were far from conclusion, congressional aides said late on Friday. The Wall Street Journal quoted Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, a major new oil...

  • Nov 17- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at blocking the National Labor Relations Board's jurisdiction over tribal casinos on Indian land. Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hopes the bill will move in the Senate in the coming months if scheduling permits, a...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- Republican Representative Paul Ryan officially jumped into the race for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday after nailing down crucial endorsements from conservative and moderate factions. Ryan earlier this week said he was open to replacing retiring House Speaker John Boehner, but only if he could win the unified...

  • About two-thirds of the approximately 40 House " Freedom Caucus" members voted to back Ryan for speaker if he formally enters the contest, according to the Republican lawmakers who emerged from a closed-door session to discuss Ryan's fate. That was less than the 80 percent needed under Freedom Caucus rules to give Ryan a formal endorsement for speaker.

  • About two-thirds of the approximately 40 House " Freedom Caucus" members voted to back Ryan for speaker if he formally enters the contest, according to the Republican lawmakers who emerged from a closed-door session to discuss Ryan's fate. That was less than the 80 percent needed under Freedom Caucus rules to give Ryan a formal endorsement for speaker.

  • Coming within days if Congress fails to act, a default could shake the markets and the economy, but the Republican-controlled Congress had no clear plan to prevent it, and was consumed by an intra-party power struggle expected to extend into next week. He was scheduled to hold a crucial meeting in the late afternoon with the right-wing Freedom Caucus, a small but...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 21- Hard-line conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were not rallying behind Paul Ryan's bid to be the next speaker, as party turmoil again overshadowed debt and budget issues that could rattle markets. So far, no such support was evident, though the right-wing Freedom Caucus of about 40 of the House's 247...

  • Boehner is scheduled to retire from Congress on Oct. 30 and passage of a debt limit increase before a Nov. 3 deadline, when the Treasury Department expects to run out of borrowing authority, could be one of his last acts as speaker. Earlier on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told reporters that he did not think there...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday a "clean" bill to raise the U.S. debt limit that did not include sweeteners for Republicans would not win a majority in the House of Representatives.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- The U.S. House of Representatives could attempt to pass legislation this month raising the amount the federal government is allowed to borrow, before Speaker John Boehner retires, an aide to Boehner said on Wednesday. Boehner announced in September that he planned to retire from Congress on Oct. 30. The Treasury Department has told Congress...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- The U.S. House of Representatives could attempt to pass legislation this month raising federal borrowing authority before Speaker John Boehner retires, an aide to Boehner said on Wednesday. In September, Boehner announced that he plans to retire from Congress on Oct. 30. The Treasury Department has informed Congress that the government will...

  • Is Joe a go? It's decision time for Biden Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 2:58 PM ET
    Vice President Joseph Biden

    With the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, time is running out for Joe Biden to enter the 2016 race. NBC News reports.

  • Chris Christie: 'Nobody cares' about House turmoil Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 9:14 AM ET
    Chris Christie.

    GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie has a very simple view on the House's current state of flux.

  • Paul Ryan would be a great House speaker: Kudlow Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | 9:33 PM ET
    Paul Ryan

    Making Paul Ryan speaker would solve a lot of problems. So what's the holdup?, asks Larry Kudlow.

  • Mark Cuban to run for House speaker? It's possible Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | 9:07 AM ET
    Mark Cuban

    The billionaire tech impresario said in a tweet he may run for the House's top spot.

  • Rep. Issa: Reconsider building entire team Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | 8:09 AM ET
    Rep. Issa: Reconsider building entire team

    Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), says if the House can't find a single consensus candidate he's calling to reconsider building an entire team.

  • Darrell Issa: Boehner at fault for House chaos Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | 8:06 AM ET
    Darrell Issa: Boehner at fault for House chaos

    Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), explains why he thinks Speaker John Boehner is to blame for the current state of disarray among House Republicans.