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Border wall showdown could shut down government

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/17/18, 11:48 am

WASHINGTON—A stalemate over funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border could force a partial government shutdown Friday. Lawmakers have not been able to pass a spending bill in either chamber of Congress. The White House wants $5 billion allocated to building the wall, while Democrats have offered no more than $1.6 billion for fencing upgrades and have suggested keeping funding at its current level of $1.3 billion. Republican-proposed solutions, including a stopgap bill, also have not gained traction.

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Senators approve anti-Saudi resolution

by Kent Covington
Posted 12/14/18, 10:59 am

The U.S. Senate on Thursday defied the White House by rebuking Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Seven Republican senators, including co-sponsor Mike Lee of Utah, joined with Democrats to approve a nonbinding resolution calling for the United States to end its assistance to Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen.

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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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