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Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kids

Jun. 21, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

CLINT, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers on Friday were calling for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It's a scene that is being repeated...

Trump's UN envoy nominee defends climate record

Jun. 19, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday defended her record on climate change, saying it is a "real risk to our planet" that must be addressed. Kelly Knight Craft told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she believes human...

Senate panel approves emergency aid for migrant refugees

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A modified version of President Donald Trump's $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at the southern border swept through a key Senate panel on Wednesday after senior lawmakers removed "poison pills" that Democrats objected to. The Appropriations...

Florida lawmakers demand migrant teen facility be shut down

Jun. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Three Democratic lawmakers demanded Tuesday that the Trump administration shut down the country's largest child migrant facility in Florida and release hundreds of teens to small shelters or relatives. South Florida U.S. representatives say their decision comes after a recent federal court...

House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

May. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications,...

Democrats challenge Trump's UN nominee over climate change

May. 6, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Democratic senators are calling on President's Donald Trump's nominee for U.N. ambassador to clarify that she will put U.S. interests ahead of her own financial interests when it comes to climate change. The Democrats say Kelly Craft, who was nominated as U.S. ambassador to the U.N....

Lawmakers debate future of loan relief for public workers

Apr. 29, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that's left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it. The Trump...