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  • WASHINGTON— Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire Sunday, coal-state lawmakers said Wednesday. Joe Manchin, D- W.Va., and other lawmakers. Trump, who has repeatedly vowed to revive the struggling coal industry, won West Virginia, Kentucky and other coal-producing...

  • WASHINGTON, April 26- The U.S. Congress moved closer to a deal to avoid a government shutdown at the stroke of midnight on Friday, as negotiators worked to clear away remaining disputes in a massive spending bill. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Wednesday that he hoped there would be no need to pass a short, stopgap bill continuing...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump's tax overhaul:. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters at a White House briefing that the plan "will pay for itself with growth and with reduction of different deductions and closing loopholes." House and Senate Republican leaders offered mild praise for President Donald Trump's outline to overhaul...

  • Some Washington policy analysts viewed the White House plan as likely to fall well short of a full-scale tax reform and as damaging to prospects for a thorough tax code overhaul in 2017.. One veteran tax lobbyist said Congress and the White House still were likely to strike a tax deal this year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council...

  • OTTAWA/ WINNIPEG, April 25- From cherries to wine and oil, Canada has a range of tools to retaliate against any Trump administration trade attacks but they are either too limited or too painful to invoke. Ottawa is keen to avoid a costly trade war with the United States as NAFTA renegotiations loom, given the U.S. economy is ten times larger than Canada's.

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede on Tuesday after President Donald Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. There was growing sentiment in Congress that they will need to opt for a short-term extension of current...

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell

    The top Republican in the U.S. Senate said on Tuesday he hoped to reach agreement "in the next few days" on a bill to fund the government.

  • President Donald Trump's two tax policy chiefs were slated to go to Capitol Hill late on Tuesday to meet with top lawmakers as Washington dug for details on an impending Trump tax plan. Some Washington policy analysts viewed the White House plan as likely to fall well short of a full-scale tax reform and damaging to prospects for a thorough tax code overhaul in...

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- President Donald Trump's two tax policy chiefs were slated to go to Capitol Hill late on Tuesday to meet with top lawmakers as Washington dug for details on an impending Trump tax plan. One veteran tax lobbyist said Congress and the White House were still likely to strike a tax deal this year. Meeting Mnuchin and Cohn along with McConnell will...

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede on Tuesday after President Donald Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress but the current funding bill, which has to be...

  • White House officials had already revealed that Trump's plan would reduce the top corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Echoing the White House, Republicans on Capitol Hill argued that tax cuts would spur economic growth, reducing or even eliminating any drop in tax revenue. Orrin Hatch, R- Utah, chairman of the Finance Committee.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: How can the president deliver the "massive" tax cut he promised without also blowing a massive hole in the budget? A senior administration official...

  • Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in December, but they retreated after winning a four-month extension that preserves benefits through April 30. "We will use every vehicle we can, every pathway we can, to make sure we do not leave here... until we have our miners protected," he said in a speech on the Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a U.S. government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican border wall as well as Obamacare funding. With Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, keeping the...

  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs. Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the "buy American and hire...

  • Judge Neil Gorsuch

    A day after Republicans changed Senate rules to override a Democratic filibuster, they confirmed Gorsuch to the court.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

    On Thursday, McConnell led the Senate in scrapping the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees.

  • WASHINGTON, April 6- The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump plans to nominate a Lyft Inc executive as under secretary of transportation for policy. Derek Kan is general manager for San Francisco- based ride services company Lyft in Southern California. Reuters reported on Thursday that Lyft Inc has nearly completed a funding round of at...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

    The move may make it easier for presidents of either party to push through heavily ideological nominees.

  • Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017.

    A Senate showdown is at hand over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come.