House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts

House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts

Top Stories January 19, 2018 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to stave off an imminent federal government shutdown encountered obstacles in the U.S. Senate late on Thursday, despite the passage of a month-long funding bill by the House of Representatives hours earlier. Without the injection of new money, no matter how temporary, scores of federal... Read more
U.S. government to shield health workers under ‘religious freedom’

U.S. government to shield health workers under ‘religious freedom’

Top Stories January 19, 2018 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the “conscience and religious freedom” of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. The U.S. Department... Read more
U.S. House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fate uncertain

U.S. House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fate uncertain

Top Stories January 19, 2018 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate. On a mostly partisan vote of... Read more
Supreme Court blocks redraw of North Carolina congressional maps

Supreme Court blocks redraw of North Carolina congressional maps

Top Stories January 18, 2018 0

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court’s order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party’s chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North... Read more
Amid confusion, Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown

Amid confusion, Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown

Top Stories January 18, 2018 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans struggled to line up support on Thursday for a short-term extension of government funding that would avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan. Trump complicated the talks by saying a six-year extension of funding for... Read more
Amid confusion, Republicans toil to reach deal to avert shutdown

Amid confusion, Republicans toil to reach deal to avert shutdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans plowed ahead on Thursday with efforts to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown despite mixed signals from President Donald Trump on elements of the stopgap plan. Trump complicated the negotiations by criticizing a plan to... Read more
Trump says government ‘could very well’ shut down

Trump says government ‘could very well’ shut down

Top Stories January 18, 2018 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday the U.S. government “could very well” shut down and that would be very harmful to the military. “If the country shuts down, which could very well be, the budget should be handled a lot differently than it has been handled... Read more
Trump contradicts top aide, says border wall stance has not ‘evolved’

Trump contradicts top aide, says border wall stance has not ‘evolved’

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said his concept of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico “has never changed or evolved,” contradicting comments made by his chief of staff. White House chief of staff John Kelly told Hispanic lawmakers during a Wednesday meeting that... Read more
Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 18) – Mexico wall, NAFTA, Rick Saccone

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 18) – Mexico wall, NAFTA, Rick Saccone

Top Stories January 18, 2018 0

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : – The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first... Read more
Republicans in Congress rush to gain support to avoid shutdown

Republicans in Congress rush to gain support to avoid shutdown

Top Stories January 18, 2018 0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts on Thursday to round up the votes needed to pass a temporary extension in government funding and prevent a shutdown looming at week’s end. For months, the Republican-controlled Congress has been struggling to reach an agreement... Read more