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Navy to name ship after the late Sen. Cochran of Mississippi

Nov. 13, 2019 6:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Navy will name a ship after the late Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who was a Navy veteran. Cochran’s successor, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, said Wednesday that Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has decided that a future Arleigh Burke-class...

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...

Large chunk of border wall funding diverted from tiny Guam

Sep. 28, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump is raising a large chunk of the money for his border wall with Mexico by deferring several military construction projects slated for Guam, a strategic hub for U.S. forces in the Pacific. This may disrupt plans to move Marines to Guam from Japan and to modernize...

Former Alabama congressman Jack Edwards dies at 91

Sep. 27, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jack Edwards of Alabama, who served 10 terms in Congress and was in the first wave of Deep South Republicans, died Friday. He was 91. His family said through a spokesman that Edwards died at his home in Fairhope after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Edwards served...

Senate sends Trump stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

Sep. 26, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21. The measure would buy additional time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.4 trillion bundle of yearly spending bills that is hung up amid fights over...

Trump's Senate Republican allies give OK to $5B wall request

Sep. 24, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies are pushing to give him his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles (322 kilometers) of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the plan ran into immediate opposition from Democrats and is a non-starter with powerful House Speaker...