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Stopgap measure to advance but other spending bills languish

Sep. 17, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are keeping a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown free of controversy, even as President Donald Trump's Senate Democratic rivals appear set to stall an almost $700 billion Pentagon funding bill on...

McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 17, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House. President Donald Trump has said he would veto a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. But McConnell said he is...

The Latest: Widows ask lawmakers to OK police insurance bill

Sep. 17, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would require municipalities, universities and the state to cover health insurance premiums for slain police officers' survivors (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The widows of three Wisconsin police officers slain on duty are imploring lawmakers to pass a bill...

Widows to speak at hearing on police insurance bill

Sep. 17, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Widows of three Wisconsin police officers killed on duty were set Tuesday to try to persuade lawmakers to approve a bill that would require municipalities to pay health insurance premiums for the immediate survivors of slain officers. Ashley Birkholz, Kara Weiland and Charlette Nenning...

DC prepares for 1st House statehood hearing in 25 years

Sep. 17, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 140 U.S. flags bearing an extra star are flying along Pennsylvania Avenue as Washington, D.C., prepares for its first House hearing on U.S. statehood in a quarter century. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser led a caravan toward to the U.S. Capitol on Monday to symbolize the city's fight for...

The Latest: Vaping death reported in central California

Sep. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California action on vaping (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin...

New state law brings hope to Colorado mobile home residents

Sep. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park...

Gun control must include background checks, Dems tell Trump

Sep. 15, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democratic leaders warned President Donald Trump on Sunday that any proposal on gun control must include a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — or else risk no legislation at all. In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

California lawmakers tackled health care, wildfire costs

Sep. 14, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their first year with a new governor, California lawmakers passed legislation aimed at guarding against financial harm from wildfires, deterring fatal police shootings and expanding health care to young immigrants living in the country illegally. That's on top of efforts...