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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Senate sends $1.1T spending bill to Trump

The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September — putting off, for now, battles over Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup. The lopsided, 79-18 Senate vote sends the huge bill to the White House in plenty […]

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Democrats confident they can block Trump’s agenda after spending-bill win

Democrats believe they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly $5 billion in new domestic spending by exploiting disagreements between President Trump and GOP […]

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GOP eyes spending bill as leverage in refugee fight

Republicans are eyeing an upcoming government spending bill as their best leverage for pausing the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement program in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Some GOP lawmakers are already saying they’ll vote against the catchall spending bill, known as an omnibus, if it doesn’t block funds for refugee resettlement for people coming from Syria and […]

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Many U.S. House Republicans want refugee restrictions in spending bill

Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of federal funding to resettle refugees from Syria and nearby countries, the bill’s sponsor said on Tuesday. Seventy-four of the 246 House Republicans signed the letter, which was circulated by Republican Representative […]

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Democrats Upset Over Spending Bill Keep Vote Close to the Wire

The bill to keep the government open is in trouble hours from a midnight shutdown-inducing deadline. The House passed by two votes a measure to clear a legislative hurdle, as House Republican whips twisted the arms of retiring members to change their minds. Liberals and conservatives oppose the $1.1 trillion government-funding bill. Conservatives oppose the bill for not defunding President […]

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