House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump. The vote was 211-198 for the massive measure that wrapped the 12 annual spending bills into one in advance of the end of […]

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Bill expanding U.S. sanctions against Russia stalls in House

A bill pending in Congress that would expand U.S. sanctions against Russia and require congressional approval for any lifting, suspension or termination of current sanctions by the Trump administration is being held up in the House. The Senate originally passed the legislation, which would also impose sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program, in an overwhelming 97-2 vote in mid-June. The House, however, […]

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How the Senate health bill compares to House, ‘Obamacare’

The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.The bill’s impact on personal health care costs would be uneven: Premiums would likely […]

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House Inquiry Turns Attention to Trump Campaign Worker With Russia Ties

Michael Caputo, who served as a communications adviser to the Trump campaign, has been asked by the House committee investigating Russian election meddling to submit to a voluntary interview and to provide any documents he may have that are related to the inquiry. The House Intelligence Committee, which is examining possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, made […]

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House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago. Beaten but unbowed, Democrats insisted Republicans will pay at election time for repealing major provisions of […]

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Paul Ryan embarks on whirlwind tour to protect House and Senate majority

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is poised to launch a frantic cross-country tour over the final five-week stretch before Election Day aimed at saving the GOP’s congressional majority. The Wisconsin Republican will hit 17 states and 42 cities from several corners of the nation, from Texas to Florida to New York, while raising money and stumping for more than a dozen […]

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