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 ...

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 ...

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 — ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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