Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump," the California Republican said, according to a June recording that the newspaper reported it "listened to and verified.That probe — which is now being led by a special counsel — includes looking into any possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

It's time for Congress to hike the federal gas tax and actually solve a fiscal problem instead of "kicking the can down the road," Sen.Bob Corker Corker, along with Sen.

Billionaire businessman Ken Langone, a supporter of Republican Chris Christie, said Thursday that Donald Trump has the "flexibility and the capacity" to be a great president.While pledging unwavering allegiance to the New Jersey governor, Langone told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that Trump understands business and how to get his way.

A key senator said Thursday that President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey seems "related" to the bureau's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing," McCabe said when Sen.

In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner's surprise resignation announcement, here's what will happen.Once the election has been called, each major party conference or caucus nominates a candidate for speaker, according to the House website.

Jason Chaffetz, chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, announced Thursday he will leave Congress at the end of next month.As chair of the oversight committee, Chaffetz has played an active role in the Congressional investigation of President Donald Trump's potential links to Russia.

Getty Images House Speaker John Boehner announces his resignation during a press conference on Capitol Hill September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.They see the speaker's departure as the obvious outcome of a grassroots uprising that demanded change.

The Trump administration on Thursday notified Congress that it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the three-member deal with Mexico and Canada that President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked.The United States can start renegotiating the agreement 90 days from the notification to Congress.

A day after declaring his candidacy for House speaker, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he'd listen to every voice to usher in a "generational change" on Capitol Hill.The California Republican told CNBC's "Squawk Box" he's a firm believer in bottom-up leadership, saying he'd listen to the American people and all factions of his party.

A supermajority of the House's firebrand conservative Republicans on Wednesday threw its support behind Paul Ryan to be the next speaker and said it has provided him enough votes to win the race.About two-thirds of the approximately 40 House "Freedom Caucus" members voted to back Ryan for speaker if he formally enters the contest, according to the Republican lawmakers who emerged from a closed-door session to discuss Ryan's fate.

However, that's less money than it used to have, and less money than it expected.In the same research report, Kendall said that both buyers and sellers in the defense industry are becoming overly cautious.

Congress is ignoring changes sought by safety advocates and proposing giveaways to the auto and trucking industries despite record auto recalls and rising highway deaths.The Obama administration and safety advocates say some of the proposals could make matters worse.

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, struggling in national polls, said Wednesday he's not worried yet because the campaign has only just begun.Using a football metaphor, the New Jersey governor said, "We finished Week 3 of the NFL.

The Trump administration will deliver a letter to Congress on Thursday, notifying lawmakers of the White House's intent to renegotiate NAFTA, three sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.The letter, which Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said he's been waiting for, would open a 90-day window for the U.

A government shutdown would force Congress to address fiscal issues before they reach unmanageable levels, a former Reagan administration official contended Wednesday.Douglas Healey | Bloomberg | Getty Images David Stockman The House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday passed a last-minute stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government open through Dec.

President Barack Obama signed a stopgap funding bill Wednesday that will avert a government shutdown for the time being, the White House said.President Barack Obama signed the spending extension into law later on Wednesday, the White House said in a statement.

A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a fight next week pitting newly empowered Republicans against President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.The Energy and Natural Resources committee moved the bill closer to the floor by a 13-9 vote.

The big defense companies start reporting third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and industry watchers expect only modest increases in earnings due to tighter Pentagon spending.Treasury reported that weapons spending by the Defense Department fell 4 percent in fiscal 2015 ended Sept.

A reluctant Paul Ryan on Tuesday laid out a series of conditions under which he would seek to become speaker of the House of Representatives, replacing retiring Speaker John Boehner.Paul Ryan reconsidering House speaker run Besides seeking a clear message of support, Ryan laid down other conditions that could anger these conservative rebels who make up the House Freedom Caucus.

] The House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on how tax reform will affect the economy and job creation in the United States.Kevin Brady, chairman of the committee, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" earlier that Republicans can design a plan that can "break even in the budget over the first 10 years.