United States President George W. Bush signed Wednesday into law a bill designed to help struggling homeowners and prop up the battered US housing market. The new law creates a 300 billion US dollars rescue fund to help thousands of homeowners get cheaper loans.
New York governor David Paterson admitted the state economy was in recession and announced spending cuts to face a steep budget deficit due to declining tax revenues. Paterson said that he would ask the legislature to approve another 600 million US dollars cut in an emergency session.
The next United States president is expected to face a record federal budget deficit of almost half a trillion dollars. The White House is tipped to lift its deficit forecast for 2009 to 490 billion from 407 billion US dollars.
Barack Obama, the US presidential candidate, has ended his overseas tour with a round of meetings in London, visiting Tony Blair, the former prime minister, before going on to talks with Gordon Brown.
United States House of Representatives passed on Thursday a massive housing rescue bill that could help struggling homeowners get cheaper loans. The vote came after the White House announced that President George Bush had dropped his threat to veto it.
The bill will now be passed to the Senate for approval before being signed into law.
President George W Bush has explained the credit crunch savaging United States financial markets by saying Wall Street got drunk.
United States says it is ready to cut its trade-distorting farm subsides to 15 billion US dollars a year in a bid to reach a global trade deal that could help boost the world economy.
A US Senate subcommittee accused banks in Switzerland and Liechtenstein of helping wealthy US citizens commit massive tax evasion, and urged the establishment of tougher laws to combat offshore tax havens around the world.
Tuesday was a particularly black day for the US with a rainfall of bad news including Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke forecast of numerous difficulties ahead for the US economy plus reports of the highest inflation since 1981.
United States inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in 17 years in June driven higher by surging energy prices. Consumer prices were 5% higher than a year ago and rose 1.1% on a monthly basis, the Labor Department said on Wednesday.