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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- The White House said on Tuesday it was optimistic Congress would back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact "in timely fashion" and that it will work with Republican congressional leaders to that end. "We continue to be optimistic that this is something that Congress can and should do in a timely fashion," White House spokesman Josh Earnest...

  • Spending bill talks closer to deal on oil exports Saturday, 12 Dec 2015 | 5:46 AM ET
    U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    Congressional negotiators edged closer to a historic deal to lift a 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports as part of a government spending bill.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Congressional negotiators edged closer to a historic deal to lift a 40- year-old ban on most U.S. crude oil exports as part of a massive government spending bill, but the talks were far from conclusion, congressional aides said late on Friday. The Wall Street Journal quoted Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, a major new oil...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Congress is nowhere near reaching a deal on government funding, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, as Republicans who control both chambers struggled to meet conservative demands and show they can avoid agency shutdowns. Republican Representative Hal Rogers, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee that writes spending...

  • Major disagreements hobble U.S. Congress budget talks Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Congress is nowhere near reaching a deal on federal government funding, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, as Republicans who control both chambers struggle to meet conservative demands and show they can avoid agency shutdowns. Republican Representative Hal Rogers, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee that is in charge...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A stop-gap funding bill to keep the federal government operating through Dec. 16 began moving in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, as negotiators continued to argue over spending priorities in legislation that would run through September 2016. With existing federal funds expiring at midnight on Friday and no deal yet on a major funding bill, a new...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Friday on stop-gap spending legislation to extend a deadline for action and avoid a government shutdown, a House leadership aide said. U.S. lawmakers are negotiating a $1.15 trillion funding bill to pay for government operations through September, with the deadline for action Friday at midnight,...

  • Tea Party testing new Speaker: Rep. Van Hollen Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 7:50 AM ET
    Tea Party testing new Speaker: Rep. Van Hollen

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D- Md.), discusses Speaker Ryan's role in getting a budget deal passed in the House.

  • 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.