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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,...

Trump soaks in Deep South cheers at college football matchup

Nov. 9, 2019 11:05 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump knew where to go Saturday for home field advantage, finding comfort in the Deep South with college football fans cheering the nation's top two teams — and him. His reception at the showdown between Louisiana State and Alabama contrasted with the scene...

Trump noncommittal on backing Jeff Sessions for Senate

Nov. 8, 2019 7:01 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't campaign against his former attorney general, whom he publicly mocked in the past, as Jeff Sessions tries to reclaim a seat in the U.S. Senate. Trump, whose relationship with Sessions soured when the attorney general recused himself from the...

Sessions, an Alabama icon, faces uncertain path to Senate

Nov. 8, 2019 2:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he wants to reclaim his old Senate seat from Alabama, where he's been a conservative icon and dominant vote-getter since the 1990s. But it's already clear that President Donald Trump's enmity toward him, along with an established...

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...

Impeachment dominates, but much other work awaits Congress

Oct. 13, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they're returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It's a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end...

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

Sep. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies. The Senate is expected to approve the stopgap bill next week. The vote...

Democrats block Pentagon bill amid border wall battle

Sep. 18, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber's leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer...