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House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. ...

Rikers Island should close, say 4 House Democrats from NY

Sep. 21, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four members of Congress from New York demanded the release of inmates and closure of New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex after another inmate was reported dead at the facility. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler,...

Lawmakers to consider 6th extension of Lamont's COVID powers

Sep. 21, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are expected to return to the state Capitol next week to decide whether to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic until early February. The state Senate is scheduled to...

Post-Trump, Democrats push to curb presidential powers

Sep. 21, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to rein in executive powers that they say President Donald Trump flagrantly abused. The legislation, expected to be introduced Tuesday, would...

Oregon redistricting talks adjourn early over COVID case

Sep. 21, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

One day after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps — and as questions lingered whether GOP lawmakers would show up to work at the Capitol — legislators were sent home Tuesday following reports of a...

Republican control of Indiana Senate likely set with new map

Sep. 21, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans appear set for another decade of controlling Indiana’s Senate under a GOP-drawn redistricting plan released Tuesday. The proposal for the new Senate election districts comes as the Republican-dominated Legislature intends to give final...

Dems, backers face uphill immigration path after Senate blow

Sep. 21, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats launched an uphill fight to rescue their drive to help millions of immigrants remain legally in the U.S., their pathway unclear and the uncertainty exposing tensions between party leaders and progressive groups demanding bold results. ...

Appeals court judge candidates talk temperament, not cases

Sep. 20, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eight candidates for four seats on Pennsylvania's statewide appeals court endured an hour of lightning round questions during an online campaign forum on Monday, but the verdict on their performance will have to wait for voters on Nov. 2. ...

Oregon Dems void power-sharing redistricting deal with GOP

Sep. 20, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

The Democratic speaker of the Oregon House on Monday rescinded a deal she made with Republicans to share power as lawmakers redraw political boundaries and add an additional U.S. House seat for the state. The now defunct agreement made earlier this year had drawn national...

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Sep. 20, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House announced Monday they would push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. ...