Appropriations Committee

  • Massachusetts Nov 13, 2019

    Pact Reached to Avert Government Shutdown Through Dec. 20

    A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., made the announcement after meeting with Senate counterpart Richard Shelby, R-Ala., in hopes of kick-starting long-delayed efforts to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 18, 2019

    Democrats Block Pentagon Bill Amid Border Wall Battle

    Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber’s leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer’s hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer orchestrated the party-line filibuster vote, claiming Senate GOP leaders were doing President Donald Trump’s bidding on the U.S.-Mexico...

  • Donald Trump Sep 12, 2019

    Abortion, Border Wall Put Major Spending Bills Into Disarray

    Fights over abortion and President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall have thrown Senate efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills into disarray, threatening one of Washington’s few bipartisan accomplishments this year. A government shutdown remains unlikely, but agencies face weeks or months on autopilot while frozen at this year’s levels if the logjam isn’t broken. At issue...

  • Donald Trump Sep 10, 2019

    Democrats Will Try to Block Trump's Border Wall Maneuver

    Senate Democrats are moving on two fronts to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border. First, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York announced Tuesday that he will force a vote to reject the plan, saying the vote...

  • Donald Trump Jul 25, 2019

    House Passes Bipartisan Budget Bill With Trump Support

    Observing a rare cease-fire in their battles with President Donald Trump, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday easily passed bipartisan debt and budget legislation to permit the Treasury to issue bonds to pay the government’s bills and lock in place recent budget gains for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The measure, passed by a 284-149 vote, would head off another...

  • JUDGE May 30, 2019

    Former US Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi Dies at 81

    Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served seven terms and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81. Cochran’s final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans’ nursing home in Oxford. Cochran was elected to the U.S. House in 1972. When he won a Senate...

  • Donald Trump May 10, 2019

    House Passes $19B Disaster Aid Bill Over Trump Opposition

    The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico. The measure passed by a 257-150 vote over the opposition of most Republicans, who said...

  • Donald Trump Apr 2, 2019

    Disaster Aid Stalls in Senate Amid Fight Over Puerto Rico

    Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying it doesn’t do enough to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. The move tossed long-sought relief for victims of hurricanes, floods and western wildfires into limbo. The vote escalated a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump, who opposes further rebuilding aid for the U.S. island territory, which was slammed by...

  • Donald Trump Feb 7, 2019

    Trump-GOP Meeting Boosts Optimism About Reaching Border Deal

    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 broad parameters of a potential bipartisan agreement. Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama said Thursday’s session in the Oval Office was...

  • Donald Trump Feb 7, 2019

    Democrats Charge Ahead, Launch Investigations into Trump's Finances, Russia Ties

    President Donald Trump warned Congress that investigations and legislation don’t mix. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi said such threats have no place in the House, as unbowed Democrats charged ahead Wednesday with plans to probe Trump’s tax returns, business and ties to Russia. The chairman of the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in...

  • Donald Trump Jan 12, 2019

    GOP Rejected Obama's Executive Reach, But Accepts Trump's

    President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and — relying on what he called his pen and his phone — used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. Now, with President Donald Trump proposing an even more dramatic end-run around Congress to build his promised border wall with Mexico, many Republicans...

  • Donald Trump Dec 31, 2018

    Trump-Pelosi Shutdown Showdown Marks First Battle of New Era

    Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It’s a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. The high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big...

  • Donald Trump Dec 25, 2018

    Trump's GOP Allies Still Figuring Out How to Read Him

    As the first two years of President Donald Trump’s administration close, Republican allies still haven’t figured out how best to influence a leader who takes cues from the forces that swept him to office and seems to fear losing them above all else. Republicans on Capitol Hill and even the president’s closest advisers have been whipsawed over a series of...

  • Donald Trump Dec 24, 2018

    White House: Trump Would Accept Less Money for Border Wall

    Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. In fact, a top White House official warned the shutdown could stretch into January. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney,...

  • Donald Trump Dec 22, 2018

    Deadline Passes, Triggering Partial Government Shutdown Just Days Before Christmas

    A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his cherished Mexican border wall, a chaotic postscript for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government. Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House budget chief Mick...

  • California Dec 21, 2018

    Shutdown Looms as Trump Refuses to Sign Bill

    Part of the federal government shuts down tonight, three days before Christmas Day, if Congress does not pass a budget the president will sign. Right now, that looks unlikely.

  • Donald Trump Dec 21, 2018

    House Approves Spending Bill With Border Wall Funding as Shutdown Looms

    President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as House Republicans approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is almost certain to be rejected by the Senate. The White House said Trump will not travel to Florida on Friday for the Christmas holiday if the government is shutting down....

  • Donald Trump Dec 20, 2018

    Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

    The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico. Senators passed the measure, which would keep government running to Feb. 8, by voice vote without a roll call. The House is also expected to move...

  • Donald Trump Dec 12, 2018

    A Rancorous First Glimpse of New Trump-Dem Dynamic: Analysis

    President Donald Trump’s first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency. There was Trump, sitting between two seasoned legislators, repeating his demands for border wall funds, while House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer first politely, then...

  • Donald Trump Nov 7, 2018

    Democrats Will Take Control of the House: NBC News

    After a hard-fought contest largely centered on President Donald Trump’s performance and policies, the Democratic Party will wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans, NBC News projected. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a “blue wave” that never fully materialized. Still, the new Democratic House majority ends the Republican...

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