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Nov 8, 2015

US Republican candidate Carson pushes back on veracity questions

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Ben Carson on Sunday pushed back against media reports
questioning his veracity, even as rival Donald Trump asserted
Carson needed to explain a number of things he has said
regarding recollections about West Point and his youth.

Carson, a favorite of conservative activists, is
neck-and-neck with Trump at the top of Republican primary polls
a year before the November 2016 presidential election.

Nov 6, 2015

After big spending and hard lobbying, Pfizer eyes new tax home

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Pfizer Chief Executive Ian
Read, who has been lobbying Congress regularly for a corporate
tax cut, is trying for the second time in as many years to do a
deal with a foreign company that could produce the savings he
has been unable to extract from Washington.

Pfizer Inc, which is pursuing a deal for
Dublin-based Allergan Plc, was one of the top spenders
among pharmaceutical companies lobbying the U.S. government in
2014, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Oct 30, 2015

Obama wins debt-limit, budget truce through end of presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama won passage by the Congress early on Friday of legislation that lifted the threat of a default on government debt through the end of his presidency and a budget blueprint easing strict spending caps through September 2017.

The Senate voted 64-35 to approve the measure, which was negotiated over the past few weeks by the White House and congressional leaders, including newly retired former House Speaker John Boehner.

Oct 29, 2015

Newly elected speaker Ryan promises to fix ‘broken’ House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday promised to sweep away Republican Party differences and repair a “broken” House of Representatives by returning legislative power to committees and rank-and-file members.

Ryan won 236 votes among the chamber’s 247 Republicans to be elected speaker, abandoned by only a handful of conservatives who mounted repeated revolts that pushed out his predecessor, John Boehner, who retired.

Oct 28, 2015

U.S. Republicans pick Ryan for speaker; House passes budget deal

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Republicans made Paul Ryan
their choice to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of
Representatives on Wednesday as the chamber passed a major
budget and debt limit deal that would launch his tenure with far
less risk of a major fiscal standoff.

The nomination puts the Wisconsin congressman and 2012
Republican vice presidential candidate on track to replace
retiring Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, marking a transition
to a potentially more conservative House leadership stance.

Oct 28, 2015

Speaker-in-waiting Ryan says won’t run House like Roman emperor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Paul Ryan, pledging not to run the House of Representatives like a Roman emperor, made a final appeal Wednesday to Republicans to vote for him for speaker even as he backed a controversial two-year budget deal that would avert a government debt default.

Ryan’s support could provide a boost for the budget bill, which was set to reach the House floor for a vote later on Wednesday, after Republicans meet behind closed doors to nominate their official party candidate for speaker.

Oct 27, 2015

White House, Congress reach tentative budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. budget and debt ceiling deal headed toward quick action in Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers rushed to avert yet another fiscal standoff, which threatened to push the federal government into an unprecedented default early next month.

House Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republicans he was clearing the way for a vote on Wednesday on the double-barreled measure, which would bust strict spending caps by $80 billion over the next two years in order to pump up defense and domestic programs. It also would extend the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority until March 2017.

Oct 27, 2015

Exclusive: Freedom Caucus of U.S. House envisions honeymoon with Ryan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading hard-line conservatives in the House of Representatives said they could imagine a peaceful honeymoon with Paul Ryan if he becomes speaker of the House, as expected, provided he takes steps they favor to decentralize House power.

In a group interview with Reuters, three of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus said that while they had constantly battled with outgoing Speaker John Boehner, Ryan understands that individual lawmakers need to help develop the legislative agenda.

Oct 23, 2015

U.S. House to start voting Monday on revival of shuttered trade bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will begin voting on
Monday on legislation to revive the shuttered Export-Import
Bank, a spokeswoman for a leading Republican backer of the bank
said on Friday.

A so-called “discharge petition,” a procedural maneuver that
has been successful only a handful of times in the past century,
to renew the trade bank’s charter matures on Monday.

Oct 22, 2015

Ryan expected to declare for top House post: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressman Paul Ryan was expected to declare soon that he will run for the top job in the U.S. House of Representatives, lawmakers said on Thursday, as Republicans tried to end a crippling internal power struggle.

With a deadline to raise the U.S. debt limit days away, the House has been transfixed by the chaos around finding a successor to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who said last month that he plans to step down on Oct. 30.