Articles by Erik Wasson

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 …

$36.5 Billion House Disaster Aid Bill Includes Funds for Puerto Rico, Wildfires, Flood Insurance

House lawmakers unveiled a bill Tuesday night that would provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief requested by the Trump administration. With Congress under pressure to provide urgent help to storm victims in Texas, Florida and …

Spending Deal Keeping Government Open Undermines Trump’s Wish List

U.S. House and Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan deal on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that largely tracks with Democratic priorities and rejects most of President Donald Trump’s wish list, including money to begin building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican …

U.S. Spending Bill to End Oil Export Ban

Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending measure that averts a U.S. government shutdown and ends a 40- year-old ban on crude oil exports, a plan that ensures fiscal peace in Congress through most of 2016. The Senate passed the bill …

House $1.1 Trillion Plan Includes Deals on Banks, Trucks, Adjusters, Campaign Funds

The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill after a day of disarray and just hours before U.S. government funding was set to run out. The vote last night was 219-206. With current government funding ending at midnight, the House …

Congress Weighs Adding Terrorism Insurance to Spending Plan

Congressional negotiators plan today to release a bipartisan U.S. government spending proposal, just days before current funding ends, after resolving disputes over Republican policy proposals. The House and Senate intend to vote on the legislation this week before leaving Washington …