Legislation

March 26, 2019 - 12:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto. Tuesday's vote seems certain to fail, which means his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border would stand. Trump's emergency would let him shift an additional...
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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters as she announces her veto of a Republican tax relief bill during a news conference, Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The Democratic governor said the tax bill would have created a "self-inflicted budget crisis." (AP Photo/John Hanna)
March 25, 2019 - 4:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Top Republicans immediately condemned Gov. Laura Kelly's action as...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses a rally during a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. “Medicare for All” legislation has two provisions that could make it even more politically divisive for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates: It lifts curbs on government health insurance for people in the country illegally and revokes longstanding restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions. Embracing these will give Democratic candidates a boost with the party’s liberal base in the primaries. But that could complicate things for an eventual nominee seeking support from voters in the middle (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 25, 2019 - 3:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Medicare for All" legislation that's become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it even more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The legislation from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along...
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In this Friday, March 22, 2019 photo, marijuana buds are seen in prescription bottles after being sorted at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25 though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 24, 2019 - 10:25 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. Worn down by three years of indecision in London, EU leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
March 23, 2019 - 3:42 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her troubled Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week. The embattled leader, who faces a major protest march in central London on Saturday, wrote to lawmakers Friday night saying she would bring...
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers answered reporters questions at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisc., Thursday, March 21, 2019, after a Dane County judge has blocked the lame duck laws that Republicans passed in December to limit the power of the governor and attorney general. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 6:01 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued an injunction Thursday blocking the laws, which GOP...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, A 1040 tax form appears on display in New York. The Treasury Department is expanding for a second time this year the relief it grants taxpayers who had too little in income taxes withheld from their paychecks in the first year of a sweeping tax overhaul. Treasury announced Friday, March 22, 2019 that taxpayers will be able to avoid penalties for paying too little in taxes as long as they paid at least 80 percent of what they owed the government. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File )
March 22, 2019 - 2:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department announced Friday that it is expanding again the relief it grants taxpayers who had too little in income taxes withheld from their paychecks in the first year of a sweeping tax overhaul. Treasury said that taxpayers will be able to avoid penalties for paying...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he exits the stage with his wife, former second lady Jill Biden, left, after speaking at the International Association of Firefighters at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, amid growing expectations he'll soon announce he's running for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 22, 2019 - 9:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during an interview during the National Governors Association 2019 winter meeting in Washington. Evers said Thursday, March 14, that the state budget he proposed is "pretty close" to not raising taxes, even though it would increase them by $1.3 billion over two years. Evers, in an interview on WTMJ radio, said that there "may be some small tax increases." The comments drew an incredulous reaction from Republican legislative leaders.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
March 21, 2019 - 4:43 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a meet-and-greet event at Inspire Cafe in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP)
March 20, 2019 - 8:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she's "open to improving" a Senate bill that would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain. The senator from New York was addressing criticism she received last week when she tweeted that she and Republican Sen. Cory...
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