US debt ceiling bill passes House with broad bipartisan support

Reuters | June 1, 2023

By David Morgan, Richard Cowan and Moira Warburton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A divided U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling on Wednesday, with majority support from both Democrats and Republicans to overcome opposition led by hardline conservatives and avoid a catastrophic default. The Republican-controlled House voted 314-117 to […]

Biden and McCarthy’s bumpy journey to a debt ceiling deal

Reuters | May 30, 2023

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Kevin McCarthy was struggling early this year to get enough votes from his own Republicans to become Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democratic President Joe Biden called the prolonged saga a national embarrassment, then had a little fun. “I’ve got good news for you,” Biden said, pointing […]

Florida’s DeSantis seeks to disqualify judge in Disney case

Reuters | May 22, 2023

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican mulling a 2024 presidential run, are asking that a federal judge be disqualified from overseeing a dispute between DeSantis and Walt Disney Co, questioning the judge’s impartiality in the case. Lawyers for DeSantis, who is being sued for allegedly targeting Disney for company leadership’s […]

Factbox-Biden, McCarthy debt ceiling deal – what’s in, what’s out

Reuters | May 18, 2023

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in Washington, hope to finalize a deal on the debt ceiling after Biden returns from the Group of Seven meeting in Japan on Sunday. The debt ceiling bill Republicans have passed in the House and Democrat Biden’s 2024 […]

US default could trigger recession, disrupt critical government services – Yellen

Reuters | May 16, 2023

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday warned that a default on government debt would likely leave millions of Americans without income payments, potentially triggering a recession that could destroy many American jobs and businesses. Yellen told a gathering of community bankers that the unprecedented economic and financial crisis […]

Fair access to proper housing can boost economic growth – report

Reuters | May 15, 2023

By Marine Strauss BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Providing equitable access to appropriate housing in slums and other informal settlements could massively increase economic growth and boost life expectancy, a report to be published on Tuesday by home-building charity Habitat for Humanity shows. Proper housing could increase economic growth by up to 10.5%, while life expectancy could […]

Biden says not yet ready to invoke 14th Amendment to avoid debt default

Reuters | May 8, 2023

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Friday he was not yet ready to invoke the 14th Amendment to avoid the United States defaulting on its debts as early as June 1, comments which for the first time suggested he has not ruled out the option. “I’ve not gotten there yet,” Biden said in […]

Explainer-What is direct air capture and how can it fight climate change?

Reuters | April 18, 2023

LONDON (Reuters) – As the need for climate action intensifies, governments and industries are exploring how to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The U.S. government has offered $3.5 billion in grants to companies that will capture and permanently store the gas using a process known as Direct Air Capture (DAC). Here’s how the […]

US House Speaker McCarthy pitches budget cuts for debt limit vote

Reuters | April 17, 2023

By Richard Cowan and Katharine Jackson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Monday outlined spending cuts he said his fellow Republicans would demand in exchange for voting to raise the federal government’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling, avoiding a potentially catastrophic default. His proposals included cutting spending to last year’s levels, capping […]

Ukraine’s reserves grow to 11-year high on foreign aid – central bank

Reuters | April 6, 2023

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s international reserves grew to an 11-year high of $31.9 billion at the start of April thanks to foreign aid, lower demand for hard currency and moderately-sized payments on government debt, the central bank said on Thursday. Ukraine faces an unprecedented budget deficit this year due to high military spending to fight […]

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