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Disaster relief bill fails in Senate

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/02/19, 10:59 am

WASHINGTON—A Republican-backed disaster relief bill failed to garner the 60 votes needed to move forward in the Senate on Monday due to a squabble about aid to Puerto Rico. Democrats opposed the measure, asking for an additional $700 million for U.S. territory’s hurricane recovery efforts. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized the Trump administration for being slow to release the funds Congress designated for Puerto Rico after hurricanes ravaged it in 2017. He said the administration is withholding $20 billion.

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House fails to override Trump’s veto over emergency declaration

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/26/19, 03:43 pm

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives failed in its attempt to override President Donald Trump’s first veto Tuesday, leaving his national emergency declaration for funding a wall along the U.S. southern border intact. The 248-181 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto, with 14 Republicans joining all House Democrats in support of the measure.

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Birch Bayh, senator and Title IX architect, has died

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/14/19, 12:55 pm

Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in education, died from pneumonia at his home in Maryland on Thursday. He was 91. The liberal Democrat won three narrow U.S. Senate elections in Indiana, starting in 1962, a time when Republicans won the state in four of the five U.S. presidential elections. Bayh’s hold on the seat ended with a loss to Dan Quayle, future vice president of the United States, in 1980. His son, Evan Bayh, followed him into politics and became Indiana’s governor and a U.S. senator.

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