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A file photo of U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in November 2022
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Debt Ceiling Negotiators Pushing for Weekend Deal, but Much Work Remains

All sides are racing devise a budget-cutting deal that Democrats and Republicans can live with, the price to be paid as McCarthy's newly empowered House Republicans try to extract steep spending reductions. Those cuts would be in exchange for GOP votes to raise the debt limit, which is now $31 trillion, and keep paying the nation's already-due bills. read more >
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, right, in a file photo from 2019
Business Services / Government & Politics / Legal / Transportation

House Votes to Avert Rail Strike, Impose Deal on Unions

The bill lawmakers are considering would impose a compromise labor agreement brokered by the Biden administration that was ultimately voted down by four of 12 labor unions. read more >
Government & Politics

Democrats Say They’ve Reached Agreement on Economic Package

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., a centrist seen as the pivotal vote in the 50-50 chamber, said in a statement that she had agreed to revamping some of the measure's tax and energy provisions and was ready to "move forward" on the bill. read more >
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Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Avoiding Shutdown

The measure extends spending to Feb. 18 and includes $7 billion to support Afghanistan evacuees. read more >
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Government & Politics

House Approves Debt & Funding Plan, Inviting Clash With GOP

The government faces a shutdown if funding stops on Sept. 30. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

U.S. Senate Unveils $1T Infrastructure Bill

After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority. read more >
Matt Bell, partner in Entegrity of Little Rock, foresees more distributed generation of electric power in the future, and expects a boom in solar projects to continue across Arkansas.
Government & Politics

COVID Relief Deal Bolsters Sun Power; Ozarks Electric Announces ‘Solar Park’

Solar power contractors in Arkansas are calling tax incentives and other provisions of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief plan a boost for the renewable power industry. read more >
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Banking & Finance

Update: Treasury Proposal Would Deliver $500B to Americans Starting in April

The Treasury Department wants to dedicate $500 billion to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month as the centerpiece of a $1 trillion plan to stabilize the economy amid the coronavirus epidemic. read more >
Government & Politics

AP Sources: House, Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Tax Package

House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Trump to Issue Stop-payment Order on Health Care Subsidies

In a move likely to roil America's insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress to unravel for months. read more >
Donald Trump (file)
Government & Politics / Health Care

White House To Order Health Care Alternatives

The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Legal

The Influencers: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

Tom Cotton inspires strong passions as Arkansas’ junior senator, a dogged believer who rose from the family farm in Dardanelle to success at Harvard and Harvard Law, a Bronze Star in Afghanistan and national recognition as a young conservative firebrand. read more >
Tom Cotton
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Paul Ryan: GOP Will Work on Repealing, Replacing Health Law

At least six GOP senators — including Arkansas' Tom Cotton — have expressed qualms about repeal without having a substitute - something Republicans have failed for years to produce. read more >
Government & Politics / Retail

Chuck Schumer Asks Wal-Mart to Stop Selling Assault Weapons

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, is writing to the CEOs of several major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, and asking them to stop selling assault weapons. read more >