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Government Shutdown Prevention on Republicans, Democrats Say
Leaders urge members to oppose stopgap measure if no bipartisan agreement is reached

Appropriations Committee ranking member Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., told House Democrats its unlikely a bipartisan agreement on funding the government will be ready by the April 28 deadline. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats are putting the onus on Republicans to prevent a government shutdown.

It’s unlikely a bipartisan deal could be reached in time to meet the April 28 funding deadline, and unless an agreement is in place Democrats should vote-against a short-term stopgap measure, Democratic leaders said Thursday.

Trump Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple’s Police Budget
President’s New York protection costs estimated at $300,000 a day

New York Rep. Dan Donovan wants to see New York City law enforcement reimbursed for extra expenses when President Donald Trump is in the Big Apple. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A New York Republican is adding his name to the growing list of lawmakers who want to see local law enforcement reimbursed for the costs associated with protecting President Donald Trump when he isn’t at the White House. 

Rep. Dan Donovan on Tuesday asked the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee to allocate additional money for the city of New York in the subcommittee’s fiscal 2018 spending bill. Donovan said the $7 million added to a continuing resolution in December does not come close to the actual costs incurred by the city to protect Trump and his family.

Trump Orders Taxpayer Funds to Pay For Border Wall
Democrats call Mexico reimbursement idea ‘a broken promise’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed two executive orders related to domestic security and to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In a much-anticipated move, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a directive ordering federal funds to be diverted to begin building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

While Trump long promised during the presidential campaign to build a wall, he insisted Mexico would pay for it, and the decision to use taxpayer funds and later seek reimbursement from Mexico is a hugely contentious move.

Frelinghuysen Poised to Take the Gavel of House Appropriations
Committee that will fund major Trump proposals set for centrist chairman

Mild-mannered New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen has largely avoided attention through two decades in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The last time Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen popped into the spotlight was when the congressman — 61 at the time — chased down a 19-year-old pickpocket who’d mugged him in Georgetown, and held the thief until the police arrived.

Now the low-key centrist Republican from northern New Jersey is expected to become the next chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee at a golden moment for the GOP, with unified control of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade.

Net Worth of Leaders Held Stable During Tough 2015 Investment Year
But more than a quarter of top senators and representatives were in the red

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Paul Ryan may have ascended to the House speakership in 2015, but closer to home, his personal net worth fell by $1 million.

The Wisconsin Republican, who just won the House Republican Conference backing for another term in the 115th Congress, reported a minimum net worth of just under $2 million according to his personal financial disclosure report.

Government Funding and Medical Research to Dominate Lame-Duck Session
Lawmakers will return for four weeks after the November election

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse leaves the Capitol after the Senate passed a 10-week continuing resolution. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Last week, lawmakers raced to find a funding deal to avert a government shutdown, and they’ll be back in a few weeks to do it all over again.

Congress returns from the campaign trail on Nov. 14 for the so-called lame-duck session, which describes the period after the November election and before a new Congress takes effect in January. One of the few items likely to get done is funding the government through the 2017 fiscal year.

Hal Rogers Celebrated at Portrait Unveiling
Barbara Mikulski says she developed 'affinity' for cigar smoke

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers poses for pictures at the unveiling of his official portrait. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers has to get the government funded before surrendering his gavel at the end of the Congress, but Thursday night was for reminiscing.

No shortage of former members, from House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel of Illinois to Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey to more recently retired colleagues filled the Appropriations panel's hearing room with friends, family and staff for the Rogers portrait unveiling Thursday evening.

Common Denominator in Spending Bills: Attacking Reproductive Health
Language would erode Americans' family health coverage

Congressional Republicans have a longstanding fixation with restricting access to reproductive health services, writes New York Rep. Nita Lowey, seen speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When you hear the Republican majority talk about “liberty,” watch out. Because they just may be referring to the liberty of employers, health insurers, or the federal government to intrude into Americans’ most personal health choices.

Throughout the fiscal 2017 appropriations process, the Republican majority has deepened considerably its longstanding fixation with restricting access to reproductive health services. Empowering these unprecedented intrusions imperils enactment of responsible spending bills and invades Americans’ personal liberty to make their own health choices as never before.

First Zika Transmission Cases Within United States Hit Florida
Democrats, Republicans blame each other for failure to pass Zika package

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen through a microscope at an exhibition on Dengue fever in Recife, Brazil. The mosquito transmits the Zika virus. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Florida health officials determined Friday that four cases of Zika were likely transmitted by mosquitoes in the state, marking the first instances of mosquito-borne transmission within the continental United States.   

The development prompted the state’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to lash out at Congress and the Obama administration for failing to fully confront the virus. Democrats, in turn, scolded Republican leaders in Congress for leaving Washington for a seven-week summer recess without taking action to fund a Zika response.  

Foreign Aid Bill Omits UN Family Planning, Climate Change Funds
Democrats also criticize cap on funding for resettling refugees

An amendment offered by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan requiring funding for the U.N. to provide contraceptives to people living in Zika-affected countries was rejected. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House appropriators on Tuesday advanced the $52 billion fiscal 2017 foreign aid spending bill, as amended, which includes Republican policy riders that would block funding for a U.N. climate change fund and limit financial assistance for family planning programs.  

The appropriations measure was advanced by a voice vote after Republicans defeated a number of Democratic amendments to provide funding for the U.N. Green Climate Fund and slightly increase levels of funding for bilateral and multilateral assistance for family planning activities.