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Budget bills fail in the Senate, talks ongoing

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/24/19, 05:32 pm

WASHINGTON—The Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican bills to end the 34-day partial government shutdown Thursday, the day before 800,000 federal workers are set to miss another paycheck. The Senate first voted 50-47 for a plan back by President Donald Trump that included $5.7 billion for funding a southern border wall. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., supported that bill, but it didn’t receive the necessary 60 votes for a budget bill to advance. The Democratic proposal won over six Republicans—Sens.

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Senate considers dueling budget bills

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/23/19, 11:41 am

WASHINGTON—The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on competing measures to reopen the parts of the federal government affected by the partial shutdown, but neither is likely to win enough support to pass. Senators face a choice between President Donald Trump’s proposal that combines $5.7 billion for a wall at the U.S. southern border with some protections for young illegal immigrants and Democrats’ stopgap measure that provides no money for the wall but funds the government through Feb. 8.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Republicans bring Trump budget plan to Senate

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/22/19, 11:45 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to reopen the parts of the federal government affected by the partial shutdown heads to the Senate floor this week but likely will not find enough bipartisan support to pass. On Saturday, the president offered to pair funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, commonly called “Dreamers,” along with temporary protections for those fleeing some countries affected by natural disasters or violence. The deal still includes $5.7 billion for border security and a wall.

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