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  • July 2- Partial government shutdowns in Maine and New Jersey stretched to a second day on Sunday as lawmakers returned to their respective state capitals in a bid to break budget impasses that have led to the suspension of many nonessential services. In Maine, a bipartisan budget committee met in Augusta in hopes of breaking a stalemate between Republican...

  • July 2- Partial government shutdowns in Maine and New Jersey entered a second day on Sunday as lawmakers returned to their respective state capitals in a bid to break budget impasses that have led to the suspension of many nonessential services. In Maine, a bipartisan legislative committee met in Augusta in hopes of breaking a stalemate between Republican...

  • July 1- A budget impasse between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers triggered a shutdown of nonessential state services on Saturday, after the conservative Republican threatened to veto a bipartisan compromise reached by lawmakers. "This is about the future of Maine. The Maine people are taxed enough.

  • July 1- Part of the state government in Maine was shuttered on Saturday after lawmakers were unable to send a two-year budget to the liking of Republican Paul LePage, who promised the shutdown if he sent a fiscal plan that did not include spending cuts. "This is about the future of Maine. The Maine people are taxed enough.

  • June 30- Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Friday he would reject the latest budget deal by a bipartisan group of legislators, warning that most of the state government would shut down without more spending cuts. The second-term Republican said repeatedly this week that he would be ready to close down non-essential government services as the July 4 holiday...

  • June 30- Maine lawmakers will vote on a budget plan on Friday that would repeal a 3 percent tax hike on those who earn at least $200,000 and increase education funding to try to avert a partial government shutdown threatened by Governor Paul LePage. The plan repeals a measure that voters approved in November to impose an additional 3 percent income on tax state...

  • June 30- Maine was bracing for a possible partial government shutdown on Friday, an outcome Governor Paul LePage warned was increasingly likely if the legislature's final budget deal did not cut income taxes. The Democratic Speaker of the state House of Representatives, Sara Gideon, has blasted the threat of a shutdown, saying earlier this week, "We must find a...

  • WASHINGTON, June 28- The top U.S. Senate Republican struggled on Wednesday to salvage major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump, meeting privately with a parade of skeptical senators as critics within the party urged substantial changes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday abandoned plans to seek passage of it this week...

  • WASHINGTON, June 28- The top U.S. Senate Republican struggled on Wednesday to salvage major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump, meeting privately with a parade of skeptical senators as critics within the party urged substantial changes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday abandoned plans to seek passage of it this week...

  • WASHINGTON, June 26- Escalating a trade dispute with Canada in the run-up to talks on renegotiating NAFTA, the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber of up to 7.72 percent. Canada, which denies it subsidizes producers, said earlier this month it would give C $867 million in aid to the domestic...

  • WASHINGTON, June 26- Escalating a trade dispute with Canada, the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday slapped preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber of up to 7.72 percent, but decided to exclude three Atlantic provinces from such punitive tariffs. When combined with preliminary anti-subsidy duties issued in April, the new measures will...

  • The CBO estimated that in 2026 49 million people would be uninsured under the Senate bill, compared with 28 million under the current law. It also estimated that the Senate bill would decrease the budget deficit by $321 billion over 2017-2026.. Republicans have only a 52- seat majority in the 100- seat Senate, so McConnell can lose just two Republican senators,...

  • WASHINGTON, June 26- The U.S. Commerce Department said on Monday it had made a preliminary decision to exclude three of Canada's Atlantic provinces from a U.S. investigation into whether Canada is dumping or subsidizing exports of softwood lumber. The decision to exclude Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island follows a preliminary...

  • Amid the uncertainty on health care, individual states are taking steps to shore up their own markets. Here's what to expect.

  • The subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill, a "major improvement" from a measure approved last month by the U.S. House of Representatives that tied them solely to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said. Some of the Senate bill's provisions could be political land mines, with individual senators' reactions crucial...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants have worked in secret for weeks on the bill, which is expected to curb Obamacare's expanded Medicaid help for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people for private insurance. The subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill, a "major improvement" from a measure...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants have worked in secret for weeks on the bill, which is expected to curb Obamacare's expanded Medicaid help for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people for private insurance. Those subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill, a "major improvement" from a...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- A healthcare bill being unveiled by U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday is expected to roll back the Obamacare expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people buying private insurance. Those subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income, a "major improvement" from a...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- A healthcare bill being released by U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday is expected to roll back the Obamacare expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people buying private insurance. Those subsidies are expected to be linked to income, a "major improvement" from a healthcare overhaul...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- Republican senators voiced concern on Wednesday about a plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, fearing a rush to consider the major legislation as their party's leaders prepare to unveil it. The healthcare bill will be released to the Republican Senate Conference on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and posted online, Senators John Barrasso of...