EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation’s biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

Trump tax cuts gain momentum as Rand Paul goes ‘all in’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration’s sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was “all in” for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier.

White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet’s profile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

Obamacare whiplash leaves states, insurers with dueling price plans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.

Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

Senator McCain says subpoena may be required to get answers on Niger ambush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been forthcoming with details of an ambush in Niger that left four U.S. soldiers dead.

Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

Trump to address Senate Republicans on Tuesday: Senator Barrasso

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Senate Republicans at their weekly policy lunch next Tuesday, a member of the Senate’s Republican leadership said on Thursday.