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Congress agrees to millions in gun violence research

The $25 million for federal research into gun violence that's included in the massive spending bill agreed to on Capitol Hill represents the first time in over two decades that Congress has allocated funding for the issue.

Congressional negotiators reach deal on spending levels

The top two appropriators in Congress clinched a deal on topline spending levels that should clear the way for at least some of the 12 spending bills to be passed and signed into law before the December 20 deadline, according to two aides with direct knowledge.

Nita Lowey announces retirement from Congress

Rep. Nita Lowey, the chairwoman of the influential House Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday afternoon that she will not seek reelection in 2020 after more than three decades of serving in Congress.

Senate passes short-term funding bill to avert shutdown

The Senate voted Thursday to temporarily extend government funding into November in a bid to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, sending the package to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature.

McConnell backs $250 million to boost election security

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has long resisted Democratic calls to pass additional election security legislation, threw his support Thursday behind an amendment to provide $250 million in grants to states to bolster election security.

Capitol Hill has a very long to-do list this month

Congress returned to work this week after a long August recess and must grapple with several unresolved and pressing issues, including legislation to quell mass shootings, passing a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, and finding compromise on government funding before a fast-approaching deadline at the end of the month.

White House expected to move forward with plan to cancel foreign aid

The Trump administration has finalized and is moving forward with a plan to cancel billions of dollars in foreign aid funding, a senior administration official told CNN on Saturday, teeing up a fight between the White House and Congress over the rarely used and controversial move known as rescission.

Key GOP senator: Budget deal will pass, but votes still being counted

Senate Majority Whip John Thune predicted Thursday that a spending caps and debt ceiling agreement will pass the chamber when it comes up for a vote next week, but he and other sources acknowledged Senate leaders are still whipping the vote and they are not taking anything for granted.

House passes border funding bill

The House on Thursday passed a $4.6 billion Senate bill to send emergency funding to the border, a vote that triggered outrage from progressives who objected to the legislation and an outpouring of emotion on the House floor. The measure, which passed 305-102, will next go to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature.

GOP-led Senate passes border funding bill

The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday passed a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant crisis at the southern border, setting up a clash with House Democrats, who have passed a different version of similar legislation.