Congress adopts bills to support human rights in Hong Kong

Asia & Pacific 11/20/19, 14:46

Congress has approved two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The House overwhelmingly approved the bills Wednesday, a day after the Senate passed them on voice votes. The bills now go to the White House for President Donald Trump’s ...

House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate

Politics 06/27/19, 17:13

The Democratic-controlled House voted Thursday to send President Donald Trump a bipartisan, Senate-drafted, $4.6 billion measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border. The emergency legislation, required to ease overcrowded, often harsh conditions at U.S. holding facilities for migrants seeking asylum, mostly from Central American nations like Honduras ...

Update: McConnell rejects changes to Senate border bill

Politics 06/27/19, 09:06

The Latest on Congress and the border relief package (all times local): 9:55 a.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting changes that House Democrats want in a multi-billion dollar border bill. Instead, the Kentucky Republican says it's time for the House to accept a bipartisan package overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and ...

House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

Politics 06/25/19, 20:57

It took last-minute changes and a full-court press by top Democratic leaders, but the House passed with relative ease Tuesday a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed along party lines after House ...

Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

U.S. 06/25/19, 14:54

The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and left other key issues such as the state budget in limbo. The disclosure prompted young climate activists in the Senate ...

Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoes 4 abortion bills

U.S. 06/21/19, 15:45

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, following through with his promise to stop the measures from becoming law. One bill Evers vetoed would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where ...

California governor, lawmaker alter proposed vaccine rules

U.S. 06/18/19, 13:03

California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on fraudulent exemptions issued by sympathetic doctors.The updated measure by Sen. ...

Texas governor OKs budget with $1M gun storage safety effort opposed by NRA

U.S. 06/16/19, 11:30

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a spending bill that includes a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage. The Republican signed a $250 billion two-year budget Saturday without any line-item vetoes. It includes money for the Texas Department of Public Safety to promote a safe gun storage campaign. The National ...

Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicide

U.S. 06/12/19, 15:59

Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication.Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office.Oregon was the first state to legalize such assistance, in ...

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

World 06/12/19, 13:46

Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former British colony. The violence ...

Update: Crowd blocks Hong Kong HQ trying to halt bill

World 06/11/19, 21:43

Latest on the debate around Hong Kong extradition legislation (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong's legislature and government headquarters in a bid to block debate on a highly controversial extradition bill that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial. Protestors run ...

Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund

U.S. 06/11/19, 14:26

Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims' compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money. Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can ...

Andy Cohen pushes to allow surrogacy agreements in New York

New York 06/10/19, 17:32

Andy Cohen has joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in pushing to legalize paid gestational surrogacy, in which a woman is compensated for carrying a baby for its parents.The "Watch What Happens Live" host and the Democratic governor held a news conference Monday in New York City to call on ...

Democrats press to retain longtime abortion funding ban

Politics 06/10/19, 14:59

Top Capitol Hill Democrats are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party's presidential candidates to abandon it, arguing that attempts to undo the long-standing consensus will fail and won't be worth scuttling a key education and health funding bill. While presidential candidates such as ...

Maine legislators OK assisted suicide; bill goes to governor

U.S. 06/04/19, 12:33

The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate.The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has not indicated whether she will let it become law. Her office said ...

NY could become first state to ban cat declawing

U.S. 06/04/19, 04:41

New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to a vote in the state Legislature.The Senate and Assembly are both expected to take up the bill on Tuesday.Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los ...

California has housing crisis, Legislature has no fix yet

U.S. 06/02/19, 12:17

Crisis. Emergency. California lawmakers are describing the state's housing crunch in dire terms.But few seem to agree on what to do about it.The political wrangling over the last few weeks around bills to cap rent increases, set new rules for evictions and cut red tape to build more housing reveal ...

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