Latest Appropriations News

House passes short-term spending measure as talks falter

Nov. 19, 2019 3:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills. The bill would avert a Thanksgiving government shutdown but...

House Democrats propose stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats released a temporary government-wide funding bill Monday to forestall a shutdown and give negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation. The legislation faces a House vote Tuesday as Congress...

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...

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...

Chicago lawmaker accused of bribing senator for bill support

Oct. 28, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state lawmaker bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator's support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an...

The Latest: Illinois House Speaker demands lawmaker resign

Oct. 28, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Illinois state legislator charged with bribery (all times local): 3 p.m. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a lawmaker accused of bribery in a federal complaint should resign or be removed. Madigan told reporters Monday that he will begin proceedings to oust fellow...