Democratic lawmakers said they’ll seek further protections for gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law denying them benefits, as congressional Republicans signaled that further battles on marriage equality would shift to the states.
Marriott International Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. are among at least 13 companies throwing their support behind an effort to repeal a U.S. law that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman.
The looming showdown between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over raising the $16.4 trillion federal debt limit has made alternatives including minting a trillion-dollar coin or invoking a constitutional amendment to pay the bills part of the political debate.
A street between New York police headquarters and the Manhattan federal courthouse closed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks should be reopened to save businesses there, local politicians wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano .
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor pledged to New Jersey and New York lawmakers that the chamber will vote on $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid after pulling it off the agenda Jan. 1.