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Trump to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gasoline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is...

 

Passion, chaos as Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — "This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion,...

 

Two Republican senators, two divergent paths on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: "No." Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for...

 

Lawmakers work on fix after conservation fund lapses

WASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation...

 

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December. The...

 

Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov't shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December. The...

 

Senate approves 1st spending bill to avert partial shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. Senators approved a $147 billion...

 

Google Maps mistakenly shows 'McCain Senate Office Building'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google Maps wasn't waiting for the Senate. While lawmakers debated a proposal to rename a building after the late Sen. John McCain, Google Maps displayed "McCain Senate Office Building" on its website for several hours Wednesday....

 

Republicans resist plan to rename Senate building for McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to rename the Senate's oldest office building for John McCain ran into resistance Tuesday from Republican senators reluctant to take away an honor already bestowed on an earlier Senate titan — and a leader of Southern...

 

After long fight against brain cancer, McCain ends treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. John McCain has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, his family says. It's a likely indication that the war hero, onetime presidential nominee and longtime lawmaker is nearing the...

 

Senate backs $854B bill to fund health, education, military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that funds much of the government, including $675 billion for the Defense Department. The bill combines military spending with disbursements for Health and Human Services,...

 

McCain stops cancer treatment as remarkable life nears end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. John McCain has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, his family said Friday, likely indicating the war hero, presidential nominee and longtime leading lawmaker is nearing the end of...

 

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be...

 

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said...

 

Senate backs wide-ranging spending bill for host of agencies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday approved a catch-all spending bill that funds a wide swath of government programs, from Interior and environment to agriculture, transportation, housing, Treasury and federal courts. The $154.2 billion...

 

Watchdog: Energy Department broke law with health care tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department violated federal law when it tweeted about an opinion column by Energy Secretary Rick Perry urging repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, a government watchdog said Thursday. The Government...

 

House backs $675 billion spending bill for Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military. The 359-49 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate Appropriations Committee app...

 

Energy regulators: No immediate threat to power grid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Tuesday disputed the Trump administration's claim that struggles facing the coal and nuclear industries threaten the reliability of the nation's power grid. "There is no immediate calamity or threat," the Rep...

 

House approves bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers. Supporters say the bill would help solve a nuclear-waste...

 

Trump to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will allow year-round sales of renewable fuel with blends of 15 percent ethanol as part of an emerging deal to make changes to the federal ethanol mandate. Republican senators and the White House announced...

 

Facing Congress, EPA chief doesn't appear ready to apologize

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with Republican lawmakers' patience running short, President Donald Trump's environmental chief appears to be in no mood to apologize as he faces Congress for the first time since a deluge of ethics allegations has consumed h...

 

Former coal lobbyist confirmed as No. 2 official at EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed a former coal industry lobbyist as the second-highest official at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting him next in line to run the agency if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt is forced...

 

Obama-era clean-air rule on methane emissions blocked again

WASHINGTON (AP) — An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off — again. A federal judge in Wyoming has halted the clean-air rule indefinitely, saying it "makes little sense" to force oil and gas...

 

GOP Rep. Farenthold resigns after sexual harassment claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned Friday, four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations. "While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress,...

 

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another term at the helm? In two big ways,...

 

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