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Pelosi agrees to speaker term limit

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/13/18, 12:32 pm

WASHINGTON—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is set to make a comeback as speaker next year after announcing Wednesday she would limit her tenure in the role to four years. Within moments of her saying the magic words “term limits,” seven of Pelosi’s previous critics sent out a statement promising to back her as speaker. Pelosi has to win a majority of votes for speaker when the new House convenes Jan. 3. She can afford to lose no more than 17 votes from her own party if all Republicans oppose her.

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Senate passes major farm bill

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/12/18, 10:13 am

The Senate voted 87-13 Tuesday in favor of a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety-net programs for the next five years. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The legislation sets agricultural and food policy and provides $400 billion dollars in farm subsidies, conservation programs, and food aid for the poor. It also legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp, an initiative championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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Partial government shutdown averted, for now

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/07/18, 09:32 am

Congress approved a two-week funding bill on Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown, and President Donald Trump is expected sign the measure on Friday. The bill keeps the federal government funded through Dec. 21. Funding would have expired Friday for a portion of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security. The stopgap funding bill sets up a possible showdown right before Christmas over funding for a border wall.

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