Latest Appropriations News

House Democrats unveil $4.5B border measure

Jun. 21, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government's responsibility to care for tens of thousands of migrant refugees seeking safety in the U.S. under its asylum laws. The measure is scheduled for...

AP Interview: Border official says aid needed to save lives

Jun. 20, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez fell ill in a holding facility at the U.S.-Mexico border, he was diagnosed with the flu and given medication, then sent back to a cell to recuperate on a concrete bench. But Carlos didn't get better. The Guatemalan migrant died May 20 from flu...

White House offers budget freeze if Dems don't agree to deal

Jun. 19, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration bargainers offered a one-year budget freeze and said Democratic spending demands remained too high as talks with congressional leaders aimed at averting deep cuts in defense and domestic programs seemed no closer to resolution Wednesday. After White House Chief of...

Senate panel approves emergency aid for migrant refugees

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A modified version of President Donald Trump's $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at the southern border swept through a key Senate panel on Wednesday after senior lawmakers removed "poison pills" that Democrats objected to. The Appropriations...

Senate leaders agree on measure to care for refugees

Jun. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...

Watchdog to investigate Interior moves on Utah monument

Jun. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A government watchdog will investigate whether the U.S. Interior Department broke the law by making plans to open lands cut from a Utah national monument by President Donald Trump to leasing for oil, gas and coal development, a pair of Democratic congress members said Monday. The...

Pelosi: No debt increase until spending limits are raised

Jun. 13, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won't pass must-do legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs. The California Democrat said she'll agree to increase the...

Lawmakers to vote on $7.98 billion budget in coming days

Jun. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's appropriations committee has voted out a two-year budget deal with a sticker price slightly below the governor's original $8 billion proposal. The Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted 11-1-1 Wednesday on a $7.98 billion budget. The budget now...

Mexico accuses Carolina Herrera of cultural appropriation

Jun. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mexican government has accused the New York-based fashion house Carolina Herrera of cultural appropriation in its Resort 2020 collection. Mexican Minister of Culture Alejandra Frausto sent a letter Monday to the Venezuelan designer and to Wes Gordon, creative director of Carolina...

Congress challenged by funding emergency at the border

Jun. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has only a few weeks to advance an emergency funding bill to deal with the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border, creating a time crunch that has lawmakers on all sides alarmed. Money to care for Central American migrants arriving in the U.S. to claim asylum runs...