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  • WASHINGTON— Congress' midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear. At the top are maintaining the flow of highway funding, easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies, renewing tax breaks and raising the debt limit. "We're going to leave that fight till September, October, November, December," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-...

  • Christmas in the Capitol? Congress' to-do list grows Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 | 8:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress' midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear. At the top are maintaining the flow of highway funding, easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies, renewing tax breaks and raising the debt limit. "We're going to leave that fight till September, October, November, December," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-...

  • The Democrats wrote to the Army inspector general to query a contract they said Ingersoll Rand received from the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to demand an investigation into reports that the company had been cleared for federal contracts. "We were dismayed to learn that Ingersoll-Rand has been...

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives tax-writing committee said on Thursday that Germany had no choice but to take a tough line on Greek debt. "I don't think they have a choice in Europe and that choice is up to the Greeks and we'll see if they come back to terms, but it certainly doesn't look like that," Representative Paul...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- A battle in Congress that could shut down the U.S. Export-Import Bank next week is already causing headaches for small exporters as they try to stop customers from defecting to foreign competitors and as export financing starts to freeze up. Last year, it was beaten to a landfill gas deal by a South Korean firm with export credit agency...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- A battle in Congress that could shut down the U.S. Export-Import Bank next week is already causing headaches for small exporters as they try to stop customers from defecting to foreign competitors and as export financing starts to freeze up. After being beaten to a landfill gas deal last year by a South Korean firm with export credit agency...

  • *Legislation must return to Senate. The House of Representatives voted 218 to 208 to give the White House authority to close trade deals such as the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which encompasses 40 percent of the global economy and is close to completion. But the bill, a stripped-down version of legislation which failed at a vote last week, must now go...

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- U.S. congressional Republicans on Wednesday discussed extending subsidies to Americans who may otherwise be unable to afford their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules soon against President Barack Obama's healthcare law, Republican lawmakers and aides said. Republicans met behind closed doors in the House of Representatives...

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- The U.S. Congress and states would have to fix Obamacare if the Supreme Court disallows its tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance coverage, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Wednesday. But she added, "The critical decisions will sit with the Congress and states and governors to determine if those...

  • House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged both parties to back legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress in a vote his office confirmed would be this week. Some Republicans want concessions from the White House before pledging support for the bill, allowing lawmakers to set negotiating objectives for trade deals like...

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- U.S. lawmakers said they have reached a deal on funding to help workers who lose their jobs due to trade, possibly clearing the way for a vote on legislation key to President Barack Obama's signature Pacific trade pact as early as Friday. Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have made progress on legislation related...

  • U.S. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PAUL RYAN SAYS COMFORTABLE THERE IS ENOUGH SUPPORT TO MOVE AHEAD WITH FAST-TRACK TRADE LEGISLATION.

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- The discovery of scores of graves in people-smuggling camps in Malaysia is casting a shadow over President Barack Obama's signature trade deal as U.S. lawmakers consider punishing trading partners that are soft on human trafficking. When Menendez, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was asked if he still...

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- The discovery of scores of graves in people-smuggling camps in Malaysia is casting a shadow over President Barack Obama's signature trade deal as U.S. lawmakers consider punishing trading partners that are soft on human trafficking. That compromise would have replaced Menendez's tougher language, currently in a Senate- passed bill...

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- The U.S. Congress is "within striking distance" of collecting enough votes to pass legislation critical to a major Asian trade pact, House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said on Thursday. But more support for the Trade Promotion Authority bill is still needed, and senior Republicans and Democrats accused each...

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- Debate in the U.S. Congress over whether to shut down the U.S. Export-Import Bank is starting to creep into the Obama administration's push to deepen trade ties, highlighting contrasting views among both supporters and critics. Conservatives in the House of Representatives this week demanded Ex-Im effectively be allowed to lapse when its...

  • WASHINGTON, May 23- The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season. The White House said Obama would sign the short-term fix if work continues towards a...

  • WASHINGTON, May 17- Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. We'll pass it later this week, "Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC.

  • Representative Paul Ryan, a key lawmaker on trade issues, on Wednesday said Republicans had always planned to bring four trade bills up for a vote in the House of Representatives. Senate Democrats blocked legislation on Tuesday to grant the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress, saying they first wanted a commitment to push ahead with...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation central to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to his party. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan,...