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CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay

Apr. 30, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The new head of the top U.S. public health agency has asked for — and will receive — a cut to his record-setting pay, federal officials said Monday. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr.'s new salary was not revealed. The 66-year-old HIV researcher, who was picked in March to head the...

Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

Apr. 25, 2018 5:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess. That sentiment was evident Tuesday on Capitol Hill after...

His nomination in peril, Jackson fights for VA post

Apr. 24, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — His nomination in peril, Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson fought Tuesday to convince lawmakers of his leadership abilities as more details of accusations against him emerged, ranging from repeated drunkenness to a toxic work environment as he served as a top White House doctor....

Dem senator: Trump VA pick vows not to privatize vets care

Apr. 17, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday, taking a stance on a politically charged issue that his predecessor says led to his firing. The confirmation hearing of Ronny Jackson, Trump's...

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

Apr. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April...

Ex-Saint Gleason considered for Congressional Gold Medal

Apr. 12, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and...

All female senators want debate on anti-harassment bill

Mar. 28, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate must begin debating legislation helping people who work in Congress pursue claims of sexual harassment or discrimination, all 22 female senators said Wednesday in a letter to the chamber's leaders. "Inaction is unacceptable," the group wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch...