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 ...

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 ...

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout

U.S. 06/21/19, 23:12

The Oregon Capitol will be closed Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on. Republican state senators fled the Legislature — and some, the state — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes ...

Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto

Politics 06/20/19, 11:37

The Senate voted Thursday to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump's steadfast alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. The resolution passed, 53-45. Trump has promised to veto the legislation. The White House said stopping the ...

Alabama signs law allowing church to hire its own police force

U.S. 06/19/19, 14:37

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses. The law, approved two weeks ago allows the Birmingham-based church to set up a private law enforcement department to make arrests when crimes are committed on its properties. Church ...

Cuomo airs concerns over solitary confinement proposal

New York 06/18/19, 17:29

New York's governor expressed concerns Tuesday with a proposal that would restrict the use of solitary confinement, saying the legislation would require the construction of new facilities and cost jails about $1 billion statewide. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the comments on WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom the same day advocates prodded New ...

Progressive climate policy poised to pass in Oregon

U.S. 06/16/19, 23:36

Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming.Supporters call it the United States' most progressive climate policy, saying it not only cuts emissions but invests in transitioning the state ...

Hong Kong police begin to clear streets of protesters

Asia & Pacific 06/16/19, 20:51

Hong Kong police and protesters faced off Monday as authorities began trying to clear the streets of a few hundred who remained near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night before. The police asked for cooperation in clearing the road but said the protesters could ...

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 ...

Huge crowds march in Hong Kong, piling pressure on leader

Asia & Pacific 06/16/19, 06:12

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly clad in black despite the sweltering heat, jammed the city's streets Sunday in a vehement show of opposition to proposed legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony. The marchers are demanding that Hong Kong's leader ...

Pelosi: No debt increase until spending limits are raised

Politics 06/13/19, 14:23

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won't pass must-do legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs. The California Democrat said she'll agree to increase the so-called debt ceiling. But she says she'll do so only after ...

Uber, Lyft suggest changes but want drivers as contractors

U.S. 06/12/19, 20:03

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits.The California-based tech firms face state legislation that ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Jersey mandates panic buttons for hotel room cleaners

U.S. 06/11/19, 09:26

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that he and others said is the nation's first requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly in an emergency.The Democratic governor and several nationwide unions said New Jersey is the ...

Democrats step back from plans to hike lawmakers’ pay

Politics 06/11/19, 08:19

A bipartisan push to increase lawmakers' salaries after a decade-long pay freeze is running into predictable obstacles and could be close to unraveling. The issue has caused a ruckus inside the ranks of House Democrats, where freshmen in politically competitive districts are recoiling at the idea. The tumult prompted Democratic leaders Monday ...

Lawmakers aim for Pulse to be designated national memorial

U.S. 06/10/19, 11:12

Members of central Florida's congressional delegation are introducing legislation that would designate as a national memorial the gay nightclub where 49 people were massacred three years ago by a supporter of the Islamic State.U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy said Monday at a ceremony outside the former nightclub that ...

Survey: New Yorkers back legal pot, not immigrant licenses

New York 06/10/19, 09:01

A newly published poll from Siena College shows New York state residents strongly support legalizing recreational marijuana but not legislation that would permit driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.Those two issues are among the highest-profile items on lawmakers' to-do list before they adjourn for the year next ...

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