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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Congress poised to end where it started

NEW: President Barack Obama signed the deadline extension early Friday morning Senate could vote on spending bill Friday, but have until Saturday before next deadline Congress narrowly averted another shutdown Thursday night, 14 months after the last one What’s new is that now Democrats don’t need their President Washington (CNN) — This Congress is going out just the way it […]

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Congress Introduces $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Republicans and Democrats cheered the bill Congress introduced a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill Tuesday night, two days before a government shutdown-inducing deadline. It covers almost all aspects of discretionary funding for the federal government, from training and equipping forces to defeat Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq to blocking Washington D.C.’s recent ballot measure legalizing marijuana. Stretching 1,603 pages, […]

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Obama Signs Bipartisan Spending Bill

President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday that will finance the federal government through September of this year. The legislation provides funding for all federal agencies and alleviates automatic spending cuts that hit military and domestic programs last year, the Associated Press reports. Obama signed the bill just a day before the federal government was due to […]

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House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The House passed the first comprehensive Appropriations bill in over two years Thursday with broad bipartisan support, despite the overwhelming disapproval of outside conservative groups. The $1.1 trillion bill, which the Senate is expected to pass later this week, funds every corner of the government through September 30. But while it has something for everyone to hate, only three Democrats […]

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