Latest Appropriations News

Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec. 20

Nov. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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,...

The Latest: Democrats win control of Virginia statehouse

Nov. 5, 2019 10:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's legislative elections (all times local): 10 p.m. Virginia Democrats are taking full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. Democrats won majorities in both the state House and Senate in Tuesday's legislative election. This is the...

Congress members seek $4 million to study iron sulfide

Nov. 3, 2019 2:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation and Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal want $4 million set aside so an iron sulfide that has caused homeowners' foundations in both states to crumble can be researched. The Democrats last week sent a letter to House Appropriations...

Minnesota DNR: 'Virtually no scenario' for water transfer

Nov. 1, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday that it sees "virtually no scenario" in which it would approve a permit for a company proposing to transfer groundwater from Minnesota to the Southwest. Empire Builder Investments has proposed drilling two wells in Dakota...

Minnesota DNR: 'Virtually no scenario' for water transfer

Nov. 1, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it sees "virtually no scenario" in which it would approve a permit for a company proposing to transfer water from Minnesota to the Southwest. Empire Builder Investments has proposed drilling two wells in Dakota County that would...

Former US Rep. Traxler of Michigan dies at 88

Nov. 1, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

BAYT CITY, Mich. (AP) — Longtime Michigan Congressman Bob Traxler has died. He was 88. Traxler was a Democrat from Bay City who was elected to the U.S. House in a special election in 1974. He was regularly re-elected until retiring in 1993. Trahan Funeral Chapel says Traxler died Wednesday. While in...

Border wall, impeachment battle imperil budget progress

Oct. 31, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing imperils broader Capitol Hill efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of annual Cabinet agency budgets. The...

The Latest: Dems block Pentagon funding over border wall

Oct. 31, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a package of spending bills (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Democrats opposing President Donald Trump's border wall demands have again blocked passage of a massive, almost $700 billion Pentagon funding measure. The mostly party-line vote was the second time in six...

Clinton impeachment figure makes return in Trump sequel

Oct. 30, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is back, and so is Bob Livingston. The former congressman from Louisiana who abruptly resigned on the same day the House impeached President Bill Clinton made an improbable return Wednesday as a figure in the sequel — the drive to impeach President Donald Trump. The...

MD lawmakers, officials, union meet on staffing shortages

Oct. 29, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State union employees told lawmakers Tuesday they are concerned that staff shortages — of about 2,600, according to a 2018 study — are causing safety issues, including some injuries, for employees at certain agencies. Maryland lawmakers, state officials and union members...