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David Morgan
For David Morgan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks to reporters following a GOP briefing at the Capitol in Washington on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 2, 2023
U.S. House speaker vows to survive ouster threat in shutdown showdown
Hard-line Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said he would file a "motion to vacate," a call for a vote to remove McCarthy as speaker of the House.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 1, 2023
U.S. debt ceiling bill passes House with broad bipartisan support
The Senate must now enact the measure and get it to U.S. President Joe Biden's desk before a Monday deadline, when the federal government is expected to run out of money to pay its bills.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 11, 2023
U.S. Congress and White House begin tough debt limit and budget negotiations
Time is tight to avoid a historic, economically destabilizing default on government debt, which the Treasury Department has warned could come as soon as June 1.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 27, 2023
U.S. House Republicans pass debt-ceiling hike, hoping to spur Biden to talks
The bill isn't expected to pass the Senate, but the mostly partisan 217-215 vote is a win for Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on an issue that rattled investors and markets.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 20, 2023
U.S. hits debt ceiling as partisan standoff sparks economic worries
Corporate leaders and at least one credit ratings agency warned a long standoff could rattle markets and unsettle an already shaky global economy.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 3, 2023
Kevin McCarthy struggles for top spot in new Republican-led U.S. Congress
A group of hard-line conservatives oppose his candidacy, concerned that he is less deeply vested in the culture wars and partisan rivalries that have dominated the House in recent years.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Aug 13, 2022
U.S. bill will make mark on climate and health care costs
With $370 billion in climate-focused spending, U.S. Congress on Friday passed its most consequential climate change bill ever.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 24, 2022
U.S. Senate passes gun safety bill as Supreme Court knocks down handgun limits
The landmark court ruling and Senate action on gun safety illustrate the deep divide over firearms in the United States.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Feb 12, 2021
Anti-Trump Republicans face major challenge in launching third party
The resistance to a third party among some of Trump's toughest Republican critics underscores the extreme difficulty of such a political revolt.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 27, 2021
U.S. Senate Republicans unite behind failed effort to challenge Trump impeachment trial
There is a debate among scholars over whether the Senate can hold a trial for Trump now that he has left office.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 6, 2020
Possible pair of Georgia runoffs could determine U.S. Senate control
The U.S. Senate race between Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia appeared to be heading for a January runoff on Thursday, potentially making a pair of delayed elections that could determine control of that chamber.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 23, 2020
U.S. Republicans running short on time and money to defend Senate majority
President Donald Trump's slide in opinion polls is weighing on Senate Republicans in 10 competitive races.

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