In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
The pope will be stopping by Cuba en route to the United States, where he will address Congress and the United Nations. The pontiff's visit may serve as a diplomatic push for progress between Washington and Havana.
Senators from both sides of the aisle have compromised over a bill allowing congressional review of any final nuclear deal with Iran. The measure calls for the lifting of santions only with legislative approval.
Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has downplayed the role of the US Congress in Tehran's final nuclear agreement with the world powers. He said his country is not only negotiating with the US.
US President Barack Obama has submitted a report to the Congress, indicating an intention to remove Cuba from the terrorism list. The decision will have to be approved by Congress before being implemented.