• Appropriators Meeting for Bipartisan Spending Talks Next Week

    Appropriators Meeting for Bipartisan Spending Talks Next Week0

    House and Senate appropriators will sit down next week when House lawmakers return from their Veterans Day break. “We’re going to talk about everything — any way to move the process,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, according to Politico. “We have to do the best we can as soon as we can.”

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  • White House Open to Stopgap Bill, Wall Fund Compromise

    White House Open to Stopgap Bill, Wall Fund Compromise0

    The White House is willing to accept a smaller pot of money for a southern border wall than it initially requested, CQ reported late Tuesday. “The bazaar is open, no reasonable offer refused,” CQ reported a source as saying. “It’s time for the Hill to make them a proposal,” the source said. The development gives

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  • ‘Skinny’ NDAA Still an Option as Talks Stretch On

    ‘Skinny’ NDAA Still an Option as Talks Stretch On0

    Lawmakers on the armed services committees are still trying to work out differences in two versions of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Border wall funding is the primary issue holding up a deal. A back-up option is the so-called “skinny” version of the bill introduced by Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe

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  • Trump Won’t Rule Out Shutdown This Month

    Trump Won’t Rule Out Shutdown This Month0

    The scramble is on to pass a new continuing resolution to keep the government open past Nov. 21. House and Senate appropriators are discussing an additional stopgap bill to run into mid-December, according to reports. While some lawmakers have proposed a CR that stretches into February, House and Senate leaders worry that would push the

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  • Border Wall Brings Down Senate Defense Approps Bill

    Border Wall Brings Down Senate Defense Approps Bill0

    A procedural vote to advance the fiscal year 2020 defense appropriations bill failed Thursday in the Senate. Most Democrats object to spending DOD money to build a wall for the U.S.-Mexico border. “Apparently [Democrats] are not concerned enough about the Middle East and fighting ISIS to actually vote for the funding that keeps those missions

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  • Administration Appeals Order Partially Blocking Southern Barrier Construction

    Administration Appeals Order Partially Blocking Southern Barrier Construction0

    The Trump administration asked a federal judge Wednesday to allow construction of high-priority sections of the president’s southern border barrier while it appeals a district court ruling last week, Politico reported. The Justice Department filed its request in court documents saying it would appeal a ruling by Oakland, Calif.-based District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. that

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