Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by his GOP leadership team, answers questions on Iran and the withdrawal of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 18, 2019 - 7:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, an opponent of a measure to toughen the rules for vaccination exemptions gives a thumbs down as the bill's author, state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, makes his closing statements in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Pan have agreed to limit the role of public health officials in approving doctors' vaccine decisions. But the health officials will increase their oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions. Sen. Richard Pan announced the changes Tuesday, June 18 after Newsom said he had doubts about giving state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 18, 2019 - 2:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down...
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Entertainer and activist Jon Stewart lends his support to firefighters, first responders and survivors of the September 11 terror attacks at a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee as it considers permanent authorization of the Victim Compensation Fund, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 18, 2019 - 12:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Jon Stewart used his buddy Stephen Colbert's late-night show to keep the heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passage of legislation to replenish a victims' fund for first responders to the 9/11 attacks. Stewart mocked McConnell on Colbert's "Late Show" Monday...
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June 18, 2019 - 11:30 am
WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — Residents of a North Carolina community say a private pool is enforcing discriminatory rules that ban dreadlocks, weaves and baggy pants. News outlets report Wake County residents have been sharing the rules on social media and calling for conversation on what they say are...
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Photographers aim at Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speak on stage during a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Lam apologized Tuesday for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated that it will not be revived during the current legislative session. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 18, 2019 - 8:20 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 8 p.m. Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers aren't satisfied with leader Carrie Lam's public apology for how the government handled a highly unpopular extradition bill. Legislator Claudia Mo said Chief Executive Carrie Lam's...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses during a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Hong Kong leader apologizes for her handling of unpopular extradition bill, says the city needs hope. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 18, 2019 - 5:56 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader apologized Tuesday for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated it will not be revived during the current legislative session. But Chief Executive Carrie Lam did not formally retract the legislation, which would allow some...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Kelsey Rose Juliana, of Eugene, Ore, speaks at a rally for a group of young people who filed an environmental lawsuit against the U.S. government in Portland, Ore. Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola, File)
June 17, 2019 - 11:36 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with...
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June 17, 2019 - 9:02 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly is closing in on final approval of legislation giving North Carolina's public universities the option to sell beer and wine at campus athletic events. The Senate voted 33-12 on Monday for its version of a House bill allowing trustee boards at University of...
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Protesters gather behind police line calling Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down as they continue protest against the unpopular extradition bill near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Monday, June 17, 2019. A member of Hong Kong's Executive Council says the city's leader plans to apologize again over her handling of a highly unpopular extradition bill. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 17, 2019 - 7:59 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office of the city's leader, demanding that she step down for the crisis over a highly unpopular extradition bill that has tested the durability of China's promises to respect the former British colony's quasi-autonomy. The...
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Protesters with umbrellas gather near the Legislative Council as they continuing protest against the unpopular extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, June 17, 2019. A member of Hong Kong's Executive Council says the city's leader plans to apologize again over her handling of a highly unpopular extradition bill. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 17, 2019 - 6:01 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Protesters in Hong Kong have gathered outside the office of the city's leader, demanding that she resign for her handling of an unpopular extradition bill. The mostly young demonstrators...
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