• Reports: Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Declare Emergency

    Reports: Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Declare Emergency0

    President Donald Trump is expected to sign a compromise spending bill that rushed through Congress Thursday to ensure the government stays open past Friday night, according to news reports citing White House officials. He is also expected to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The President is scheduled to address border security at

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  • Shutdown Still Possible

    Shutdown Still Possible0

    Lawmakers were finishing the language on a mini-omnibus spending bill late Wednesday in hopes of averting a federal government shutdown. The bill would need expedited action in the House and Senate, then get President Trump’s signature before Friday night. The President has sent mixed signals about his position on the bill. Administration officials said they

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  • Trump Mum on Bill to Keep Government Open

    Trump Mum on Bill to Keep Government Open0

    The White House has not said whether President Trump will sign a bipartisan spending agreement that shaped up Monday to stop another government shutdown. Administration officials said Tuesday they want to first see the legislative text, which is still being finalized. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged the President to sign it, but some

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  • Defense Committee Leaders against Using Milcon Money for Border Wall

    Defense Committee Leaders against Using Milcon Money for Border Wall0

    The chairs and ranking members of both armed services committees have said they oppose using military construction money to help build a southern border wall if President Trump declares a national emergency. “If it becomes necessary, I think Trump might use the emergency,” Senate Armed Services Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Tuesday at the

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  • Negotiators Reach Deal ‘In Principle’ to Avoid Shutdown

    Negotiators Reach Deal ‘In Principle’ to Avoid Shutdown0

    Lawmakers seemed to reach a deal “in principle” Monday night that will avert another government shutdown, if the package – still being written – passes both chambers and gets the president’s signature before Friday night, when current government spending runs out. Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said “the White House has been consulted all

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  • Earmarks May Be Back

    Earmarks May Be Back0

    Soon after Congress finishes up the current fiscal year’s spending bills, work will begin on the 2020 appropriations process, which may once again include earmarks. Democrats are considering reinstating the “directed spending” that has been forbidden since 2011, according to CQ. “I am working to restore the Congress’ constitutional duty to exercise the ‘power of

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