Must-do bills in a divided Congress could lead to shutdown

An early December government shutdown is a real possibility, since a divided Congress can’t agree on military spending, Democrats insist on help for young immigrants and President Donald Trump’s position can change with each lawmaker he talks to. Most of Washington is focused on overhauling the nation’s tax code, but lawmakers face a combustible mix of must-do and could-do items, […]

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Trump Administration Sends Congress List of Possible Russia Sanctions

Under pressure from Republicans and Democrats, the Trump administration on Thursday turned over to Congress a list of Russia-connected entities it will use to determine new sanctions meant to rebuke Russia for actions in Eastern Europe, Syria and the 2016 United States presidential election. Administration officials made clear to lawmakers that they intended to impose sanctions on individuals in the […]

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Congress spending millions on Russia probes, won’t give details

Congress is spending millions of dollars on investigations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, but it’s impossible to tell from public reports exactly how much the probes are costing taxpayers — and the committees running the investigation refuse to talk about it. The Senate intelligence committee received an extra $1.2 million earlier this year for its investigation and added two employees to […]

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Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare

President Trump, after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, will act on his own to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health law’s requirements. The president plans to sign an executive order “to promote health care choice […]

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DACA fix could ‘overwhelm’ Congress

If President Trump gives Congress six months to find a legislative fix for the controversial program that now shields nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation, the focus will shift to a politically charged fight on Capitol Hill where agreement on anything — especially on the radioactive issue of immigration — remains elusive. The Trump administration is expected to announce the fate […]

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If Congress doesn’t fund Obamacare subsidies next month it could get pretty complicated

State health insurance regulators have been hoping for the best when it comes to 2018 exchange enrollment, but are now bracing for the worst-case scenario — that the fate of key health insurance subsidies will remain in limbo past key deadlines next month. “We have a way to protect consumers, but it is complicated and will cause unnecessary confusion and […]

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Americans are frustrated with Congress

The American public is frustrated that Congress hasn’t gotten much done and Republicans split on whether their party is getting in the way of President Trump’s agenda. Meanwhile, by two to one Americans think Congressional Democrats are doing more to get in the way of Mr. Trump’s agenda, but not offering their own agenda for the country. Congress has left […]

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