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  • Treasury Secretary counselor Antonio Weiss appealed to Congress to help the U.S. territory and warned Puerto Rico could face a humanitarian crisis without federal action. He repeated the key points of a plan released by the Treasury on Wednesday, saying Congress should provide tools for Puerto Rico to restructure its liabilities, increase Medicaid support...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- Crystal tumblers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, on the rocks. These American-as-apple-pie images from a report released on Wednesday are ones the White House wants to spring to mind when Americans think about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sprawling 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal that President Barack Obama has to sell to...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- Top senators on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee are investigating Volkswagen AG's actions related to federal tax credits designed to reward consumers for buying environmentally friendly vehicles, according to a letter released on Wednesday. The move by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, and ranking Democrat...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- Top senators on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee are investigating Volkswagen AG's actions related to federal tax credits designed to reward consumers for buying environmentally-friendly vehicles, according to a letter released on Wednesday. The move by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden was...

  • Puerto Rico House bankruptcy bill adds co-sponsors Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 5:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 6- A bill to allow Puerto Rico's distressed public agencies to access Chapter 9 bankruptcy laws has drawn several Democratic co-sponsors but is not a partisan move, the U.S. commonwealth's representative in Congress said on Tuesday. Puerto Rico's representative in Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, introduced the bill- to allow public agencies and...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 6- The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could lose "quite a few" Republican votes in Congress, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee chairman said on Tuesday, adding that the level of concern over the deal was high among conservative lawmakers. Asked how many Republican votes could be at stake, committee chairman U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch said, "You...

  • *China left out of Pacific group. The Trans-Pacific Partnership pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change the cost of products from cheese to cancer treatments and have repercussions for drug companies and automakers. If approved, the TPP pact would cut trade barriers and set common standards for a region stretching from...

  • *China left out of Pacific group. ATLANTA, Oct 5- The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a sweeping deal to set up a free-trade zone for 40 percent of the world's economy, but the accord on Monday faced initial skepticism in the U.S. Congress. The 12 countries will cut trade barriers and set common standards for a region stretching from...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- A 12- nation Pacific Rim trade pact hammered out over the weekend in Atlanta got a rocky response in Washington on Monday from U.S. lawmakers, indicating it has a long, difficult road ahead as Congress considers whether or not to approve it. Earlier this year after a bruising battle, Congress gave Democratic President Barack Obama the green light...

  • ATLANTA, Oct 5- The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation but the accord on Monday faced initial skepticism in the U.S. Congress. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would affect 40 percent of the world economy and stand as a legacy-defining achievement for U.S.

  • Senator Orrin Hatch said on Monday the Trans-Pacific Partnership "appears to fall woefully short" of objectives laid out in a bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority in which congress sets objectives for trade talks. "Closing a deal is an achievement for our nation only if it works for the American people and can pass Congress by meeting the high-standard...

  • REPUBLICAN US SENATOR ORRIN HATCH, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR, SAYS TPP "APPEARS TO FALL WOEFULLY SHORT".

  • *No announcement of a deal before Monday in Atlanta. ATLANTA, Oct 4- A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free-trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta but failed to finalize terms on the fifth day of round-the-clock talks, dashing hopes raised by an earlier breakthrough on protections for new biotech drugs. That pushed a resolution of the Trans Pacific...

  • ATLANTA, Oct 4- A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta after a breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs. The issue has pitted the United States, which has argued for longer protections, against Australia and five other delegations who say such measures would...

  • The issue has pitted the United States, which has argued for longer protections, against Australia and five other delegations who say such measures would strain national healthcare budgets and keep life-saving medicines from patients who cannot afford them. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday that the United States and Australia had reached a...

  • The issue pits the United States, which argues for longer protections to encourage innovation, against Australia and five other delegations who say such measures would strain national healthcare budgets and keep life-saving medicines from patients who cannot afford them. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday that the United States and Australia...

  • ATLANTA, Oct 1- Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations meeting in Atlanta extended talks on a sweeping trade deal until Saturday in a bid to get a final agreement on the most ambitious trade pact in a generation. Officials extended talks originally scheduled to wrap up on Thursday in a determined effort to produce a breakthrough on the Trans-Pacific...

  • ATLANTA, Oct 1- Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations meeting in Atlanta extended talks on a sweeping trade deal into a third day in a move officials said would either produce a breakthrough or send them home with the future of the agreement in doubt. Officials were scheduled to meet going into Friday morning on the terms for a Trans Pacific Partnership...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- Senior U.S. lawmakers from both political parties have urged the Obama administration to go slow, consult with Congress and get the right deal in talks underway in Atlanta on a 12- nation Pacific Rim free trade deal. It was signed by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 29- Powerful Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch on Tuesday warned there could be no help for Puerto Rico without better financial disclosure, while expressing doubts about extending bankruptcy protection for the indebted island and questioning the idea of imposing a financial control board. Puerto Rico, in recession for nearly a...