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White House threatens to veto House border bill

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Monday to veto a Democratic-written $4.5 billion House bill aimed at improving the treatment of migrant families detained after crossing the southern border into the U.S., saying the measure would hamstring Trump administration border security efforts. The...

McConnell opposes efforts to revive pay raise for lawmakers

Jun. 20, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says the GOP-controlled chamber won't go along with a bipartisan plan by House leaders to have lawmakers receive their first cost-of-living pay increase in a decade. McConnell said in a statement Thursday that "we're not doing a COLA adjustment in the...

'Why not now?' Lawmakers debate reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor of...

Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds

Jun. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, the decisions being made of whether to support impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are personal, gut-wrenching and, at times, starkly political, with fallout in 2020 and beyond. Some lawmakers worry impeachment will benefit the president, energizing...

Today in History

Jun. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today's Highlight in History: On June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. On this date: In 1775, the Continental...

Pelosi says Dems 'not even close' to starting impeachment

Jun. 11, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brushing back calls for impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday "it's not even close" to having enough support in the House, while Democrats pushed forward on other fronts to investigate President Donald Trump. The House voted 229-191 to approve a resolution that will allow...

Democrats reevaluating plans to hike lawmakers' pay

Jun. 11, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan push to increase lawmakers' salaries after a decade-long pay freeze is running into predictable obstacles and could be close to unraveling. The issue has caused a ruckus inside the ranks of House Democrats, where freshmen in politically competitive districts are recoiling at...

White House tells 2 ex-aides to defy congressional subpoena

Jun. 4, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday again directed former employees not to cooperate with a congressional investigation, this time instructing former aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to defy subpoenas and refuse to provide documents to the House Judiciary Committee. The letters from the White...

House to vote on holding Barr, McGahn in contempt next week

Jun. 3, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Democrat announced Monday that the House will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement that...

US House committee to hear bill proposing DC statehood

May. 31, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform is set to hold a hearing on a bill proposing Washington, D.C., be recognized as the nation's 51st state. WTOP-FM reports District Mayor Muriel Bowser and Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Thursday announced the July 24...