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  • WASHINGTON, June 14- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would take up before the end of this month a bill passed by the House of Representatives dealing with Puerto Rico's debt. McConnell, the top Republican Senate leader, was speaking to reporters. Backers of the House-passed bill are hoping the Senate signs off on the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 14- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch on Tuesday offered qualified support for legislation moving through Congress that would help Puerto Rico restructure $70 billion in debt, but added that he was considering offering changes. Hatch's Finance Committee has oversight of the Puerto Rico debt legislation.

  • WASHINGTON, June 7- A senior U.S. senator said on Tuesday he would like to pass legislation to extend expiring sanctions on Iran and enable Congress to quickly enact new ones if necessary over the country's ballistic missile tests. The Iran Sanctions Act, which imposed nuclear, missile and terrorism sanctions on Iran, expires at the end of 2016, and both Democrats...

  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaks during a visit with residents at the Graceview Apartments, June 7, 2016 in Washington, DC.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Donald Trump's comments are unacceptable and the "textbook definition of a racist comment."

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Mitch McConnell says Americans are worse off now than they were in 2007. That's just plain wrong, says Ron Insana.

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    Donald Trump will likely adjust to the views of the Republican Party if he is elected president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells CNBC.

  • LIMA, May 17- The top U.S. trade official is not losing hope for congressional approval of a sweeping pan-Pacific free trade agreement this year despite strong anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign that may be influencing reluctant lawmakers. Trade Representative Michael Froman told Reuters in an interview in Lima, Peru, that he continues to...

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, following his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    There's a pattern to opposition to Donald Trump within the GOP, and House Speaker Paul Ryan embraces it fully. What is it?

  • Trump goes to Capitol Hill

    CNBC's John Harwood reports Donald Trump on Capitol Hill to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans.

  • GOP leaders to meet with Trump

    Donald Trump is headed to Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (l) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (r).

    House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump will begin a conversation they hope will end with a unified Republican Party.

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    Donald Trump is headed to Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet behind closed doors with Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans.

  • Shopper with bags, retail

    Retailers' earnings Thursday could stir up concerns about the consumer, but markets may focus on politics.

  • WASHINGTON, May 11- U.S. Senate Democrats defeated a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear agreement on Wednesday by blocking an amendment to a spending bill that would have stopped the Obama administration from buying heavy water from Tehran. Under last year's nuclear deal between Iran, the United States and five other world powers, Tehran is...

  • The Republican Study Committee, which counts over two-thirds of House of Representatives Republicans as its members, called recently for "the complete elimination of the IRS." Calls to abolish the IRS have not been well thought through, Republican Representative Charles Boustany said in an interview. "Before we start making blanket statements about...

  • Sen. Ted Cruz.

    If Ted Cruz can snag the nomination, he can save the GOP ... by losing in November, says Stephen Myrow.

  • Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, made the request in a letter dated April 20 to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas. The letter, seen by Reuters, came weeks after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists worked with media outlets including The Guardian and BBC to report on 11.5 million...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, April 4- The U.S. Senate on Monday approved legislation to give companies greater legal protections for their commercial secrets and allow them for the first time to sue in federal court if they are stolen. Theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets, costs U.S. businesses more than $300 billion a year, according to a 2013 report by...

  • The funds announced by the federal Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration will support projects that help coal-dependent communities in places like West Virginia and Kentucky diversify their economies, retrain the workforce and attract new investment. Last week, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton...

  • Must Read: Let the America people decide

    The "Worldwide Exchange" crew discusses the morning's top attention-grabbing headlines, including an article written for USA Today by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the nomination of the next Supreme Court justice be delayed until after the presidential election.