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Politics Sep 14House passes $1.2 trillion spending bill
The massive measure wraps the 12 annual spending bills into one and is the first time in more than a decade that the House has passed all of the appropriations bills in one fashion or the other by Sept. 30,…
Politics Sep 09Trump sets emergency aid in motion in deal that upsets GOP
President Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.
Politics Sep 07Senate passes bill that gives $15 billion to Harvey aid, raises debt limit
The 80-17 vote sends the massive package to the House for a Friday vote, with emergency accounts running out of money and Hurricane Irma barreling toward the East Coast.
Politics Sep 06House approves $7.9 billion bill for Harvey relief
The 419-3 vote sent the aid package — likely the first of several — to the Senate in hopes of sending the bill to President Donald Trump before dwindling federal disaster reserves run out at the end of this week.
Nation Sep 01White House to ask for $5.9 billion for Harvey recovery aid
The Trump proposal, which is being finalized pending White House consultations with key Republicans, is likely to be just a fraction of an eventual Harvey recovery package that could rival the $100-billion-plus in taxpayer-financed help for victims of 2005's Hurricane…
Politics Aug 28Trump promises swift federal aid to Texas after Hurricane Harvey
Trump insisted Congress will act swiftly on a multibillion-dollar Hurricane Harvey recovery package as the government signaled current funds will be exhausted in the next few weeks.
Politics Aug 12Trump spat with Senate leader complicates tough agenda
Donald Trump's attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell come at the worst possible time, if the president's goal is to accomplish the agenda on health care, infrastructure and taxes he's goading his GOP ally to pass.
Politics Aug 01Senate Democrats say ‘no’ to GOP tax plan, cuts for ‘top 1 percent’
Most Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the tax code should make sure the middle class doesn't pay more.
Politics Jul 27House GOP passes $788 billion spending bill that boosts Pentagon budget, border wall
The 235-192 vote both eases a large backlog of unfinished spending bills and gives Trump and his House GOP allies political wins heading into the August recess.
Politics Jul 27Trump’s ban on transgender military members divides veterans in Congress
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an…