Articles by Erik Wasson and Justin Sink

Trump Signs $8.3B Bill to Fight Coronavirus

President Donald Trump signed a $7.8 billion emergency coronavirus spending bill on Friday after the number of infections continued to rise and stocks tumbled. The amount of money provided in the legislation far exceeds Trump’s original request — $1.25 billion …

Government Spending Bill Includes Flood, TRIA Renewals and Obamacare Taxes Repeal

Congress is planning to use a $1.4 trillion package of two must-pass spending bills to repeal Obamacare taxes, raise the age for tobacco purchases to 21 and extend the U.S. Export-Import Bank for seven years, according to legislation released Monday. …

GOP Lawmaker Sidetracks Disaster Bill Including Flood Insurance Extension

A single Republican House member temporarily blocked fast-track passage Friday of a $19 billion disaster-aid plan, likely meaning lawmakers will vote when they return in early June from a week-long recess. Freshman Representative Chip Roy of Texas objected to the …

Congress Agrees on $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill with Flood Insurance Brief Extension

Lawmakers said that they agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster-aid bill after months of disagreement and that President Donald Trump said he will sign it. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby called the agreement a “good deal.” He added that he …

Democrats, Republicans Tentatively Agree on Farm Bill with Crop Insurance

Democrats and Republicans said they reached a tentative deal on farm legislation after jettisoning controversial work requirements for food stamp recipients demanded by President Donald Trump and conservatives in the House. Lawmakers said Thursday they expect both chambers to take …

Congress OKs Stop-Gap Funding to Avoid Government Shutdown

The Senate gave final approval Thursday night to a short-term extension of federal funding to keep the government running for three more weeks while shoving a raft of fiscal and policy fights into the new year. The spending measure, which …

House Republicans Eye Disaster Aid, Short-Term Funding Bill

House Republicans agreed Monday on $81 billion in disaster relief for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires, the largest standalone aid bill in recent years, according to a document provided by a Republican lawmaker. The aid likely would be attached …

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown with 2-Week Funding Measure

Congress passed a two-week extension of federal funding that averts a government shutdown this week but defers decisions on spending levels for defense and domestic programs. The House voted 235 to 193 in favor of the extension Thursday afternoon followed …

Republicans Eye Stopgap Funding to Avoid Government, Flood Insurance Shutdown

House Republicans are moving ahead with a plan to avoid a Saturday U.S. government shutdown by passing a two-week stopgap spending measure, overriding conservative GOP lawmakers who were pressing for a longer extension to get more leverage over Democrats and …

Senate Joins House in Passing $36.5B Disaster Aid with Flood Insurance Funds

The Senate sent President Donald Trump a $36.5 billion hurricane relief bill Tuesday that gives Puerto Rico access to $4.9 billion in low-interest Treasury loans, amid concerns that recovery efforts from the recent disasters will require significantly more funding. The …