Legislation

President Donald Trump, joined by joined by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, right, holds up a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, that he signed during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 01, 2019 - 6:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package on Monday to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many Democratic lawmakers were hoping for more. They wanted to provide stronger protections for how...
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Police officers with protective gear prepare to clear protesters from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, during the early hours of Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong took over the legislature's main building Friday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 01, 2019 - 4:36 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests on the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China (all times local): 4:30 a.m. Hong Kong's leader has condemned protesters who broke into the city's legislature and vandalized the building. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at an early Tuesday morning news...
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FILE - In this April 22, 2002, file photo, Brian Boquist is seen in Salem, Ore. A formal complaint has been filed against Boquist, an Oregon Republican senator who drew criticism for threatening state police amid a GOP walkout over climate legislation. Sen. Boquist drew criticism earlier this month by saying state police should come "heavily armed" if they attempted to bring him back to the Capitol during a Republican walkout over climate legislation. (Kobbi R. Blair/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)
June 29, 2019 - 6:31 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A formal complaint has been filed against Oregon Republican state Sen. Brian Boquist, who drew criticism for threatening state police amid a GOP walkout over climate legislation, the chairman of the state's conduct committee said Saturday. Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who chairs the...
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Lawmakers convene at the Oregon Senate after the minority Republicans ended a walkout they had begun on June 20 over a carbon-emissions bill they said would harm their rural constituents, at the Oregon Senate in Salem, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. Nine of the 12 minority Republicans returned after Senate President Peter Courtney said the majority Democrats lacked the votes to pass the legislation aimed at countering climate change. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
June 29, 2019 - 6:14 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday, ending an acrimonious nine-day walkout over a carbon emissions bill that would have been the second such legislation in the nation. The boycott had escalated when the Democratic governor ordered the state police to...
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June 28, 2019 - 9:11 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked an Indiana law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure on Friday, just days before the law was set to come into force. The order putting the Indiana law on hold was released hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive a similar law...
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Truckers and loggers opposed to the carbon capping bill hold a rally at the Oregon Capitol Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. - Truckers and loggers opposed to the carbon capping bill hold a rally at the Oregon Capitol Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. (Noble Guyon/The Oregonian via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 2:20 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in the Oregon Senate said Friday that they will end a more than weeklong walkout over emissions-lowering climate legislation that ground the Legislature to a halt, declaring victory in the political crisis that pitted 11 GOP lawmakers against a Democratic...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. A federal lawsuit filed Friday, June 28, in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative states. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit challenging a new Georgia law that effectively bans abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) .
June 28, 2019 - 9:48 am
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative states. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive...
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In this June 27, 2019, photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., prepares to do a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. Friday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee’s session comes as partisan and internal Democratic tensions near a boil over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 28, 2019 - 8:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hardly anyone in Congress opposes improving the horrific conditions awaiting many migrants caught spilling across the southwest border. Yet for Democrats, distrust of President Donald Trump runs so deep that a uniformly popular humanitarian aid bill prompted the party's deepest...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, third from right, watches as President Donald Trump, fifth from left, takes his place for a group photo at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 28, 2019 - 4:15 am
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit meetings in Osaka, Japan (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Leaders of Russia, India and China have urged joint action against unilateralism. Meeting Friday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Russian President Vladimir Putin,...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2019, file photo, Mindy Nagel poses for a photograph at the threshold of her home in Cincinnati. Nagel's home is split by two House districts. The Supreme Court said, by a 5-4 vote on Thursday, June 27, 2019, that claims of partisan gerrymandering do not belong in federal court. The court's conservative, Republican-appointed majority says that voters and elected officials should be the arbiters of what is a political dispute The decision effectively reverses the outcome of rulings in Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio, where courts had ordered new maps drawn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
June 28, 2019 - 12:09 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The battle for political advantage in state capitols is poised to become more intense after the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering. Thursday's ruling could empower Republicans and...
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