Puerto Rico

McConnell Demurs on Passing Trade Under Obama
 

At his weekly news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave away few specifics from his sit down at the White House with President Barack Obama and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, telling reporters it is important to address the Zika virus to prevent a reactionary response, as he said happened with the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Reid Presses Ryan on Puerto Rico
 

Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday the Senate needs to make the Puerto Rican debt crisis a top priority.

Pelosi Won’t Guarantee Democrat Votes on Omnibus
 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, but it’s unclear how many of her more liberal colleagues will follow her lead, a situation fluid enough that members and aides are concerned there might not be enough Democratic votes to offset Republican no votes.

Pelosi Slams 'Immoral' Tax Breaks
 

The top two House Democrats came to the microphone after a caucus meeting Wednesday to reiterate opposition to the tax extenders package, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling it "practically an immorality." Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Democrats would seek to force a House floor vote on a two-year tax extenders extension through the "previous question" procedural gambit.