Legislation

Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif., speaks during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and to avoid the government shut down on Capitol Hill, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 20, 2018 - 12:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 12:15 a.m. The final Senate vote on a Republican bill aimed at preventing a federal shutdown is in, and it's 10 votes short. Friday's late-night vote means a government closure is under way. There have been no clear...
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With no apparent indications of a breakthrough in the Senate to avoid a government shutdown, the Capitol is illuminated in Washington, Friday evening, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 19, 2018 - 11:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president. An eleventh-hour effort to stave off the shutdown for four weeks appeared to fall well short in the Senate, and lawmakers preemptively traded blame as the midnight...
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French President Emmanuel Macron reviews an honor guard upon his arrival on board the the Dixmude, an amphibious assault ship, docked in the French Navy base of Toulon, southern France, before delivering a speech to present his New Year's wishes to the French Army, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, Pool)
January 19, 2018 - 8:05 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will be hosting over 100 CEOs of major multinationals at the chateau of Versailles to try to persuade them to invest, and especially hire, in France. Macron will vaunt his government's changes to French tax and labor law, as he tries to attract foreign...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, accompanied by his Press Secretary AshLee Strong, right, walks to the Capitol Building from the Capitol Visitor's Center, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 18, 2018 - 9:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the government running. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night...
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President Donald Trump is greeted by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, as he arrive at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Vice President Mike Pence, is second from left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, is right, (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 18, 2018 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats would support a "very short-term" government-wide funding bill to avert a shutdown. The New York Democrat says his party would accept a stopgap...
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President Donald Trump speaks at H&K Equipment Company on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 18, 2018 - 6:46 pm
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump waded into a potentially risky race on Thursday, throwing his support behind a Pennsylvania Republican in a contest widely viewed as a test of whether his party can stave off Democratic 2018 gains. Speaking at a Pittsburgh-area factory, Trump praised...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 18, 2016, file photo, American Express credit cards are photographed in North Andover, Mass. On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, American Express Co. reports financial results. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
January 18, 2018 - 4:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card company American Express is reporting it lost $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter, as the company booked large one-time charges related to the new tax law. On a per-share basis, American Express said it lost $1.41 a share, compared with a profit of $825 million, or 88...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017, file photo, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., heads to a meeting at the Capitol in Washington. Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of private buyers. The provision from Thune and John Hoeven, R-N.D., surfaced in the final days of the debate over the tax bill, which President Donald Trump signed last month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 18, 2018 - 3:01 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies. Lawmakers say they didn't intend to give a competitive advantage to co-ops. But...
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In this Oct. 4, 2017 photo, Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. with Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, right, speak during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, urging Republicans to abandon cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. More than two dozen Senate Democrats are questioning the legality of the Trump administration's new policy that allows states to require low-income adults to work in order to get Medicaid coverage. In a letter to the administration, the lawmakers say work requirements are out of line with the plain meaning of the Medicaid law, as well as with congressional intent. Expect opponents of the plan to make that argument in a lawsuit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 18, 2018 - 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court. The senators' letter to acting health secretary Eric...
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January 18, 2018 - 12:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill renewing a critical foreign intelligence collection program has cleared the Senate. The vote Thursday was 65-34 to reauthorize a program dubbed the "holy grail" because it lets U.S. spy agencies conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad. The House has already passed...
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