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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The U.S. House of Representatives returned on Tuesday from a recess with no set plan for replacing retiring Speaker John Boehner and no discernable progress on budget negotiations, congressional aides said. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Fed Governor Jerome Powell met with Senate Finance Committee members to discuss a third...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The U.S. Senate will await action by the House of Representatives before considering legislation raising Washington's borrowing authority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. With a Nov. 3 deadline for action by Congress rapidly approaching, McConnell also told reporters that Senate Republicans "don't prefer a clean...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 16- When Boeing Co., General Electric Co. and other companies wanted to show Congress last February the dangers of closing the Export-Import Bank, they turned to a time-tested Washington ritual: knocking on Capitol Hill office doors. Working together, they mobilized executives from more than 650 companies to descend on Washington in a two-day "...

  • Measure to raise US debt limit could hit House floor Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner announces his resignation during a press conference on Capitol Hill September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    The U.S. House of Representatives could attempt to pass legislation this month raising the amount the federal government is allowed to borrow.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- Congressional Republican leaders and the White House will launch negotiations soon on a two-year budget deal that would establish new limits for U.S. government spending in 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. The White House also indicated that bipartisan talks lie ahead now that Congress was moving to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he and departing House Speaker John Boehner will soon launch negotiations with the White House to try to reach a two-year budget deal that covers the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. "We'd like to settle the top line for both years so that next year we can have a regular appropriations...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress on Thursday began advancing bills urgently needed to avoid federal agency shutdowns on Oct. 1 while navigating conservatives' demands to punish Planned Parenthood over an abortion controversy. The Senate defeated Republican efforts to use a funding extension bill to cut off money to Planned...

  • Jack Welch: I'm not sure yet if Trump can win Thursday, 24 Sep 2015 | 10:08 AM ET
    Jack Welch and Donald Trump

    Donald Trump is looking more serious day by day, but "is he a winner? I don't know," Jack Welch tells CNBC.

  • As clock ticks, Senate seeks way to avert shutdown Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 7:32 AM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd L), Senate Minority Whip Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator John Thune (R-SD).

    Plans to avert a shutdown began taking shape, but it was still far from certain whether a dispute over Planned Parenthood could be overcome.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- A legislative holding action to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a dispute over funding for women's healthcare group Planned Parenthood could be overcome. With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline for action, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- A legislative holding action to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a dispute over funding for women's healthcare group Planned Parenthood could be overcome. With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline for action, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would vote on a stop-gap government funding bill this week that aimed at averting a shutdown of federal agencies at the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. The measure would fund government agencies through Dec. 11, congressional aides said. Senate Republicans initially...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, hoping to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown when federal funding runs out at the end of the current fiscal year, are likely to advance a stop-gap spending bill that abandons attempts to halt funding for Planned Parenthood, Senator John Cornyn said on Tuesday. Cornyn indicated that Senate Majority Leader...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- As a possible U.S. government shutdown loomed, the leader of the House of Representatives' most conservative Republicans vowed on Monday to oppose any stop-gap funding bill that keeps federal money flowing to Planned Parenthood. Congress has five legislative days left before the fiscal year ends. "Our position is, we're not going to vote for...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy win of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way to implement the accord. With no more Senate votes this week, the result ensured Congress will not pass a resolution of...

  • With no more Senate votes planned this week, the result ensured that Congress will not pass a resolution of disapproval that would have crippled the agreement by eliminating Obama's ability to waive many U.S. sanctions. A disapproval resolution would have had to pass both the Senate and House of Representatives by midnight on Thursday, and survive Obama's...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he favors repealing the 40- year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports and that Republican leadership would discuss the issue with the Obama administration. "I support eliminating the oil export ban," McConnell told reporters on Wednesday after policy lunches in the U.S. Capitol.