By Susan Cornwell and Michael Erman
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee announced a proposal to lower prescription drug prices on Tuesday that could save $100 billion in costs to government healthcare programs, and said the committee would vote on the legislation on Thursday.
The committee's chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, and its leading Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, said in a statement they had been working on the bipartisan plan to "address the broken prescription drug supply chain" for six months.
A Tropical Depression Attempts to Form Off the Southeast Coast
The middle of the working week will see a largely settled day for most with comfortable temperatures pushing through the center of the U.S. and the Northern States.
Forecasters at The Weather Channel are becoming increasingly concerned about a tropical depression forming off the Southeast Coast that could bring heavy rain to parts of the region and has the potential to develop over the coming days.
House Democrats Unveil More 'Realistic' Climate Change Plan
By Timothy Gardner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a climate change plan they said featured a "more realistic" goal to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 rather than by 2030 as envisioned under the Green New Deal introduced early this year.
Solar and wind companies have criticized the Green New Deal, introduced by Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey in February, as unrealistic and politically divisive.
Senate to Vote to Confirm FAA Nominee Wednesday
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is set to vote on Wednesday to confirm a former airline executive to head the Federal Aviation Administration.
Safety concerns are an issue at the FAA, which is grappling with a review of Boeing Co's grounded 737 MAX in the wake of two crashes that killed 346 in October and March, as well as broader questions about how it certifies aircraft and whether it delegates too much authority to manufacturers.
Trump Sues to Block House Panel from Getting His State Tax Returns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued to block a U.S. House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns, with his lawyer accusing the Democratic-controlled panel of "presidential harassment."
In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Trump's lawyers argued that a law passed by New York state earlier this month that would give the House Ways and Means Committee access to the president's state tax returns violates his constitutional rights.
Missing Canada Teens Now Suspects in Murder of Tourists
By Moira Warburton
(Reuters) - Two teenagers, first categorized as missing in Canada, are now suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist, his American girlfriend and an unidentified man whose body was found near the teens' abandoned, flaming car, police said on Tuesday.
Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian citizen, and Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were found shot dead on July 15 on a highway in northern British Columbia, 20 km (12 miles) from Liard Hot Springs.
Kabul Seeks Clarification on Trump Talk of Wiping Out Afghanistan
By Hamid Shalizi
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million people.
Trump's remarks followed a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday at which Trump voiced optimism that Pakistan could help broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.