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Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending agreement

by Evan Wilt
Posted 3/22/18, 10:57 am

WASHINGTON—Congressional leaders reached an agreement late Wednesday on a $1.3 trillion spending deal that extends federal funds through the end of the fiscal year. The 2,232-page bill got the green light from top Republicans and Democrats and delivers on agenda items for both parties. Now lawmakers have only two days to vote and secure President Donald Trump’s signature to avoid a government shutdown—a rushed process frustrating many. “No bill of this size is perfect,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement Wednesday night.

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Pro-life Democrat wins primary in Illinois

by Evan Wilt
Posted 3/21/18, 11:22 am

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the last pro-life Democrats in Congress, survived his primary race in Illinois Tuesday, narrowly defeating liberal businesswoman Marie Newman. Lipinski won 51 percent of the vote to Newman’s 49 percent to capture the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District near Chicago. Newman had the endorsements of prominent Democrats and pro-abortion groups who wanted to force out Lipinski after seven terms and a pro-life voting record. Despite the Associated Press declaring Lipinski the winner Tuesday night, Newman refused to concede.

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Lawmakers face another budget deadline

by Evan Wilt
Posted 3/20/18, 12:34 pm

WASHINGTON—The federal government runs out of money at the end of the week, and lawmakers said Tuesday they still haven’t agreed to a budget deal. Congressional leaders and the White House have been discussing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. House Republicans left their conference meeting Tuesday morning saying they didn’t expect a vote until Thursday—one day before the government-funding deadline.

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