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Showdown in the Senate

Senate | Vote for Supreme Court nominee looms after excruciating day of testimony
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/28/18, 10:13 am

(Update: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday afternoon voted along party lines to approve the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., voted for the nomination but called for an FBI investigation of the accusations against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on the nomination.

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Congress funds government but not border wall

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/27/18, 10:50 am

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill Wednesday that would avert a government shutdown, at least until after November’s midterm elections. The appropriations bill, passed by a vote of 361-61, keeps the government operating through Dec. 7. The Senate previously passed the bill, which provides funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Defense. It includes a nearly $3 billion increase in funds to fight the opioid epidemic and a $20 billion boost for the Pentagon.

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Senate advances spending bill

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/19/18, 10:37 am

The U.S. Senate took another step Tuesday to avoid a government shutdown ahead of November’s midterm elections. Lawmakers passed a wide-ranging spending bill that would fund the government through Dec. 7. The bill would raise spending in some areas, and it boosts the defense budget by $20 billion and provides nearly $3 billion more to fight the nation’s opioid crisis. But notably the bill puts off a battle over a border wall until after Election Day.

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