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Pelosi sets House record with eight-hour speech

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/08/18, 11:52 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., set a record with an eight-hour speech in Congress Wednesday calling for a legislative solution to protect immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States illegally. Pelosi, 77, spent much of the marathon speech reading letters from immigrants whose protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to expire next month. The future of DACA and other immigration reforms has become a bargaining chip in the budget battle in Congress.

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Bipartisan budget deal reached to avoid shutdown

by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/07/18, 03:07 pm

WASHINGTON—Republican and Democratic leaders announced Wednesday an end to the spending stalemate and a deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year while setting spending caps for the next two years. The bipartisan agreement eliminates the mandatory spending caps set under the Budget Control Act of 2011 by increasing both defense spending and domestic programs. Under Wednesday’s agreement, the Defense Department would get an additional $80 billion above the previous cap level, and lawmakers would allocate an additional $60 billion for the nation’s domestic budget.

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House passes spending extension to avoid shutdown

by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/07/18, 10:12 am

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday evening, the first step in dodging another government shutdown. The six-week extension maintains the status quo of federal funds while including defense funding for the remainder of the fiscal year and two years of funding for the Community Health Centers program. Negotiations are ongoing to pass a long-term spending package that provides more dollars for hurricane relief and a compromise on immigration reform.

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