Legislation

Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, at podium, is surrounded by fellow lawmakers as he speaks against an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that has already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 26, 2017 - 10:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities. Although Democrats don't...
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April 26, 2017 - 9:46 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some General Assembly members want to move up permanently North Carolina's primary elections for state and federal offices held every two years. The Senate voted Wednesday night for changing the primary from the Tuesday following the first Monday in May to the same date in...
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April 26, 2017 - 9:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the fight between North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-controlled General Assembly over legislation on administering elections and the size of the state Court of Appeals (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The North Carolina legislature has completed the...
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Supporters of single-payer health care march to the Capitol Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill, SB562 by Democratic State Senators Ricardo Lara, of Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, of San Diego, that would guarantee health coverage with no out-of-pocket cost for all California residents, including people living in the country illegally is to be heard in the Senate Health Committee, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 26, 2017 - 8:23 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care...
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April 26, 2017 - 7:50 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A motorist who strikes a protester blocking a public road in North Carolina would be immune from civil liability — under a bill before lawmakers — if the driver exercised "due care." Backers of the proposal advancing Wednesday in the North Carolina House say granting immunity...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, talks with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. as they arrive for a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 26, 2017 - 7:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference after a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 26, 2017 - 5:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just days ahead of a shutdown deadline. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2017 file photo, a portion of the new steel border fence stretches along the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all. The issue arose this week as Congress squabbled over government-wide spending legislation including money for security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
April 26, 2017 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is "a bit of a metaphor as to border security," in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a "quote, wall," as Sen. John...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2016, file photo, California state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, speaks at a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. Lara, who wrote the bill with Democratic Sen. Toni Atkins of San Diego, says they're working on details. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 26, 2017 - 1:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, talks with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. as they arrive for a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 26, 2017 - 1:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The top House Democrat is accusing the Trump administration of "cruelly threatening to raise health premiums" for millions as a...
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