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Senate leaders agree on measure to care for refugees

Jun. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...

GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides

Jun. 17, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides. Their reluctance to confront Trump comes as veterans of the...

Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

Jun. 10, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli will oversee U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting...

Analysis: Time to legislate? Restless senators hope so

Jun. 3, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the old timers in the Senate are getting fed up with the lack of action on legislation, but after weeks of focus on approving President Donald Trump's backlog of nominees, there's a chance the chamber will soon be stretching its legs again. Don't look for action on top-tier issues...