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Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates State News
Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates
2019-07-12 14:26:42
by Elin Johnson

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the state's new spending plan this week, a plan that closes the $3.7 billion deficit he inherited when he took office in January without raising taxes. “For years, instability in the state’s finances has resulted... Read More

US Budget Deficit Jumped By $140 Billion Through June Budget
US Budget Deficit Jumped By $140 Billion Through June
2019-07-12 14:15:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of the current fiscal year, rising to $747.1 billion, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The department said the deficit for the current fiscal year through... Read More

Tropical Storm Barry Bears Down on the Gulf Coast In The News
Tropical Storm Barry Bears Down on the Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS — This low-lying Louisiana city — built on a crescent-shaped sliver of land surrounded by the mouth of the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico — has long battled water. But Tropical Storm Barry presents... Read More

Trump Backs Down in Fight Over Census Citizenship Question White House
Trump Backs Down in Fight Over Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump backed down Thursday from his fight to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, denouncing Democrats and “extremely unfriendly” courts while essentially conceding defeat on a priority issue for his administration and reelection... Read More

Immigrant Advocates and Democrats Decry Renewed Threat of ICE Raids Immigration
Immigrant Advocates and Democrats Decry Renewed Threat of ICE Raids

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency could target thousands of immigrant families across the U.S. on Sunday for deportation, after scrapping a similar plan he announced last month on Twitter. [caption id="attachment_9935" align="aligncenter" width="214"] Cities to... Read More

Trump’s Strong Reaction to Leak of British Memos Puts a Chill on Diplomacy Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Strong Reaction to Leak of British Memos Puts a Chill on Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — When a cache of sensitive, embarrassing U.S. diplomatic cables was leaked nine years ago, a chill ran down the spine of many ambassadors and their staffs. Confidential memos, some criticizing key foreign partners, were suddenly blanketing the press.... Read More

Mueller Hearing Format Gets Complaints From Junior Judiciary Members Congress
Mueller Hearing Format Gets Complaints From Junior Judiciary Members

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee aired complaints Thursday that testimony from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would be limited to two hours next week — meaning some members from both parties won’t get an opportunity to... Read More

Levin, Pappas Press VA Over Return of Erroneous Loan Fees Charged To Vets Veterans
Levin, Pappas Press VA Over Return of Erroneous Loan Fees Charged To Vets
2019-07-11 21:19:25
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** Representatives Mike Levin, D-Calif., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H., are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie... Read More

‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing Health
‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing
2019-07-11 20:12:03
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - A bill sponsored by freshman Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., to provide funding... Read More

Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Slew of Current and Ex-White House Officials Health
Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Slew of Current and Ex-White House Officials
2019-07-11 19:58:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to subpoena a dozen current and former Trump administration officials in its ongoing probe of possible obstruction of justice documented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In a separate vote,... Read More

New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget State News
New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget
2019-07-11 19:05:30
by Elin Johnson

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to medical marijuana, ensure the health benefits and compensation to 9/11 responders, and prohibit utilities from cutting the power off on... Read More

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Loan Forgiveness to Expand Teacher Pool Education
Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Loan Forgiveness to Expand Teacher Pool
2019-07-11 17:38:54
by Elin Johnson

A bill with bipartisan support in the Wisconsin legislature could expand the eligibility for loan forgiveness for participants in a program aimed at growing the number of minority teachers in the state. Assembly Bill 51 has already received the unanimous... Read More

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