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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- As negotiations over a $1 trillion U.S. spending bill dragged on, Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday they would seek to pass a stop-gap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown early on Saturday. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the extension would likely last a "handful of days" to allow work on the spending...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- U.S. House Republican leaders on Tuesday said they will seek to pass a short-term spending measure in order to avoid a shutdown of the federal government while negotiations continue over a larger spending bill.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Republicans next year will unveil a plan to replace Obamacare in its entirety, as part of a "pro-growth" agenda that he believes should also include cutting welfare programs and taxes. Ryan said even if President Barack Obama will not sign them into law in his last year in office, the Republican...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Republicans next year will unveil a plan to replace President Barack Obama's national healthcare program, widely known as Obamacare, in its entirety as part of a "pro-growth" Republican alternative to Democratic policies. "Next year, we are going to unveil a plan to replace every word of Obamacare,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- The U.S. House on Thursday passed a five-year transportation bill that would fund America's roads, bridges and mass-transit systems and also revive the charter of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which had been allowed to expire in the face of conservative opposition. In a show of Congressional bipartisanship, the House of Representatives voted...

  • INSIGHT-U.S. debt limit threat defanged on Wall Street Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Wall Street trembled when Republicans first began threatening to force the United States into default by not raising the federal debt limit, but after four years of fiscal standoffs, the threat looks increasingly like a bluff and the markets are calling it. "The near-death experience we had in 2011 has given us the sense that we're not going to do...

  • Tax reform: Four key fixes that will help US firms Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | 11:27 AM ET
    A PPG quality assurance technician examines a paint formula at one of PPG’s coatings manufacturing facilities.

    Here are four key tax-reform fixes to help make US businesses more competitive, says PPG executive Frank Sklarsky.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would make the Federal Reserve set interest rate policy using a mathematical rule, a proposal that has little chance of becoming law given a White House veto threat. The proposal now passes to the Senate where Obama's Democrats have the ability to stop most legislation despite...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- A 12- nation Pacific Rim free-trade deal, facing stiff opposition from many Democrats and unexpected resistance from Republicans, is unlikely to be voted on by the U.S. Congress before President Barack Obama leaves office, according to some Republican lawmakers and aides. "Nobody wants to do it in the lame duck either so it will probably carry...

  • Ryan to ask House to 'pause' US refugee program Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 6:06 PM ET
    Thousands of displaced Syrians, Iraqis and Afghan's wait in squalid conditions to enter at a reception center on the island of Lesbos on October 14, 2015 in Mitilini , Greece.

    House Speaker Ryan plans to introduce a bill to pause the U.S. refugee program amid conflict over the fate of Syrian migrants.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- The White House on Tuesday issued a veto threat for a Republican-backed bill to make the Federal Reserve set interest rate policy using a mathematical rule, a proposal Fed Chair Janet Yellen said would "severely damage" the U.S. economy. The Obama administration opposes the proposal because it would hinder the Fed's ability to help the economy,...

  • Yellen: Proposed Fed law would be 'grave mistake' Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 5:07 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

    Yellen called the proposed law a "grave mistake," that would undermine Fed policy and the greater U.S. economy.

  • "Nobody wants to do it in the lame duck either so it will probably carry over," Hatch said referring to the end-year session of Congress that occurs after the November elections but before the new Congress and president are sworn in. Hatch previously had said it would be difficult to bring TPP to a vote in Congress during the 2016 election year.

  • How US screening of Syrian refugees works Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 4:15 PM ET
    Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk works as a fabricator, Nov. 16, 2015, in Warren, Mich.

    The process for admitting refugees into the United States is much stricter than those applied to workers or tourists.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday condemned a proposal in the U.S. Congress that would require the central bank to tie interest rate policy to a mathematical rule, arguing this would "severely damage the U.S. economy." In a letter to lawmakers, Yellen said the proposed law, which could see a vote in the House of Representatives after...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to pass a multi-year transportation funding bill that also would revive the idled Export-Import Bank, but final provisions are subject to negotiations with the Senate. Conservative Republican critics of the trade finance agency have argued that EXIM should be closed permanently because...

  • WASHINGTON/ SYDNEY, Nov 5- U.S. unions, lawmakers and interest groups questioned the long-awaited text of a landmark Pacific trade deal on Thursday, setting up a potentially difficult path to ratification by the United States, the biggest of the 12 partners. "There are improvements, but we do not believe those improvements are significant or meaningful for...

  • WASHINGTON/ SYDNEY, Nov 5- U.S. unions, lawmakers and interest groups questioned the long-awaited text of a landmark U.S.-backed Pacific trade deal on Thursday, setting up a potentially long and difficult path to ratification by the United States, the biggest of the 12 partners. "There are improvements, but we do not believe those improvements are significant or...

  • WASHINGTON/ SYDNEY, Nov 5- The long-awaited text of a landmark U.S.-backed Pacific trade deal was released on Thursday, revealing the details of a pact aimed at freeing up commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy but criticized for its opacity. President Barack Obama and his administration's pivot to Asia, aimed at countering China's rising economic and...

  • Why Paul Ryan's run as speaker may be short Thursday, 5 Nov 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves after a House Republican Conference meeting October 20, 2015 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

    Here's why Paul Ryan's run as speaker of the House may be short-lived, explains says political consultant Stephen Myrow.