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Highlights of the $330 billion-plus bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just about President Donald Trump's border wall. The border security issues that sparked a 35-day government shutdown are but one element of a massive $330 billion-plus spending measure that wraps seven bills into one,...

 

Trump not 'thrilled' with border deal but leaning toward it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of...

 

Pelosi shows pragmatic streak in pursuit of border deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have vilified Nancy Pelosi for years as a San Francisco liberal and now they're trying to portray her as a captive of resurgent left-wingers in her Democratic Party. But in her early moves so far as House speaker,...

 

Trump-GOP meeting boosts optimism about reaching border deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be taking a more positive view of Capitol Hill talks on border security, according to negotiators who struck a distinctly optimistic tone after a White House meeting with a top Republican on the...

 

Trump, Pelosi stances on wall suggest deal will be difficult

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday that there'll be no "wall money" in any compromise border security deal as she and President Donald Trump signaled that congressional negotiators may never satisfy his demands for his...

 

Lawmakers hopeful of agreement that would prevent shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill negotiators are hopeful of an agreement as they officially kick off talks on a homeland security spending bill that is trapped in a stalemate over President Donald Trump's long-stalled border wall. Left on their own,...

 

Dems prepare own border security package shunning Trump wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats, feeling pressure to display their vision for border security, are preparing a package that would ignore President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico and would instead pay for other ideas...

 

Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to vote on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies this week, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President...

 

Trump plan to cut $15B in spending squeaks through House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday only narrowly passed a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money, a closer-than-expected tally on legislation that's designed to demonstrate fiscal discipline in Washington even...

 

White House drops plan to cut Ebola funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to revive a $15 billion plan to pare back spending that has languished on Capitol Hill, the White House on Tuesday dropped a proposal to cut $252 million in leftover funding to fight the Ebola virus in Africa. The move...

 

Trump threatens another shutdown as budget battle heats up

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in both parties: Get your act together...

 

Lawmakers repel challenge to much-criticized sugar program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. sugar industry on Thursday won an easier-than-expected victory over food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers trying to rewrite the government's much-criticized sugar program, a web of price supports,...

 

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders suffered an embarrassing setback Friday when conservatives scuttled an ambitious farm bill, part of a high-stakes power play as they once again exert their oversized sway in the House. In this case,...

 

Administration proposes cutting $15 billion in unused funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sent lawmakers a plan Tuesday to wipe more than $15 billion in unused spending off the government's books. The plan wouldn't have much practical impact on targeted programs such as the popular Children's...

 

House GOP seeks stricter work requirements on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are proposing sweeping new work mandates on the nation's more than 40 million food stamp recipients as they kick off debate on a politically-freighted election-year overhaul of the government's...

 

Speaker Ryan will leave behind new tax code, busted budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will leave Congress having achieved one of his career goals: rewriting the tax code. On his other defining aim — balancing the budget and cutting back benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare and...

 

Trump-era transportation project more focused on rural areas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget about bike-share stations in Chicago or pedestrian walkways in Oakland. That's so Obama-era. In the Trump administration, a popular $500 million transportation grant program is focused more on projects in rural areas that...

 

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left...

 

Trump swings behind massive budget; big military increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders all but finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Donald Trump some of...

 

Border wall, tunnel tussle hold up sweeping spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will reap a huge budget increase for the military while Democrats cement wins on infrastructure and other domestic programs that they failed to get under President Barack Obama if lawmakers can agree on a...

 

Lawmakers quibble over details of $1.3T US spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President...

 

Mulvaney hawks Trump budget on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell President Donald Trump's budget, but the administration's allies in the Senate preferred to talk about last year's tax cut rather than the trillion-dollar...

 

Midnight shutdown creeps closer as Congress debates budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a midnight government shutdown creeping closer, both Republicans and Democrats grappled with internal party divisions in advance of hoped-for showdown votes Thursday night on a massive budget deal. Frustrations mounted as...

 

Big budget deal in Senate hailed as 'genuine breakthrough'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense...

 

Shutdown less likely as Senate closes in on budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by encouraging prospects of a budget pact, lawmakers on Tuesday appeared increasingly likely to avoid a repeat of last month's government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of...

 

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