Articles Tagged 'Republicans'

Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge in Wisconsin on Thursday blocked a Republican-backed law that would limit early voting across the state to two weeks, finding the new legislation was essentially the same as a previous statute he stopped 2-1/2 years ago. The early-voting bill was part of a package of laws that the Republican-controlled legislature passed during a rare… READ MORE

Chaos on House floor as Dems hold hasty vote to end shutdown, Republicans demand redo

Chaos briefly broke out on the floor of the House Thursday as Republicans accused Democrats of trying to pull a fast one with a hasty vote to end the partial shutdown. The drama began in the afternoon when the Democratic-controlled House held a voice vote on an interim spending bill to re-open the government through February 28. Customarily, after a… READ MORE

Trump: Hispanic voters will join GOP, upset with Democrats over DACA

President Trump predicted Sunday that many Hispanic voters will join the Republican Party because Democrats won’t make a deal on DACA in exchange for funding of his border wall. Republicans on Capitol Hill were pushing for a deal to get funding for the wall in exchange for granting protected status to children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.… READ MORE

Dems fail to win over more Republicans in push to open government

The Democratic leadership on Friday failed to pick up any additional Republican votes on a spending bill to open the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Only 10 Republicans voted for the measure, leaving the final vote tally at 240-179. The vote is the latest sign that Republicans are digging in their heels to oppose any new… READ MORE

Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress was set to reconvene on Wednesday with no signs of a workable plan to end a 12-day-old partial shutdown of about a quarter of the U.S. government, and President Donald Trump not budging on his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding. Both the Senate and House of Representatives, returning from a short New Year’s… READ MORE

Trump’s military moves accelerate GOP search for next McCain

President Trump’s sudden announcements to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and dramatically reduce combat forces in Afghanistan have Republicans wondering who will fill the void left by the late John McCain, a prominent authority on national security willing to speak for the nation’s military commanders. McCain’s absence was strongly felt last week when Trump unexpectedly announced his decision to… READ MORE

Republicans load up spending bill before Democrats take House control

As the clock ticks down in Congress, Republican lawmakers are racing to load up the end-of-year spending legislation with their own priorities, figuring this is their last chance to push their agenda while they control both chambers. Numerous proposals including a farm bill, sanctions on Saudi Arabia, and a major prison and sentencing reform package are being eyed as add-ons… READ MORE

Michigan lawmakers roll back minimum wage hike, sick time rules they passed to keep it off ballot for November voters

Republicans who control Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state’s interests. The lame-duck moves followed within hours of similar… READ MORE

Senate Republicans divided on changes to Trump-backed prison reform bill

Pressure is building on Senate Republican leaders to approve major reductions to federal criminal sentences before the end of the year, though some key lawmakers in the party say they are not eager to reward criminals with less prison time. All sides agree on some changes, such as promoting the use of halfway houses, expanding the prison industries program and… READ MORE

Trump calls for government shutdown-nuclear option combination in September

President Trump on Tuesday called for a government shutdown at the end of September in order to kill the legislative filibuster in the Senate so… READ MORE

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