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House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

Sep. 24, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Friday that would guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion, an effort by Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat. The bill's 218-211 approval is mostly symbolic, as Republican...

Today in History

Sep. 24, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2021. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 24, 2001, President George W. Bush ordered a freeze on the assets of 27 people and...

EXPLAINER: Why the debt limit is again roiling Washington

Sep. 23, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The idea of the U.S. government breaching its “debt limit” sounds scary. But what, exactly, are lawmakers in Washington fighting about? The debt limit is a nearly century-old artificial cap that Congress placed on the U.S. government's ability to...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 22, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda Wednesday, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. ...

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Sep. 20, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House announced Monday they would push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. ...

Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push

Sep. 19, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliamentarian said late Sunday, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway...

House to try suspending cap on borrowing authority next week

Sep. 17, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

House Democrats said Friday they planned to take action next week to suspend the cap on the government's borrowing authority, and the White House ratcheted up pressure on Republicans by warning state and local governments that severe cuts lie ahead if the measure fails in the Senate. ...

McConnell unmoved on debt limit, risking turmoil for Biden

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has been enlisting one emissary after another to convince Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to help raise the federal debt limit. It's not working. Despite the high-level conversations, including a...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 15, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 15 The Boston Herald on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “Tax the Rich” dress: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a woman of the people. So much so...