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  • Senate tires of patching highway programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has delivered an unexpectedly strong vote in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs. The 79 to 18 vote Tuesday may be a sign that Congress has reached the limit of its patience...

  • NY announces $250M in green energy investments

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is setting aside $250 million to invest in wind farms, hydropower and other renewable energy projects. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Tuesday. It's available to businesses and groups looking to build wind farms, fuel cells or biomass generators or...

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes. The House could...

  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end. "Let's stop playing games," said...

  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the...

  • Detroit water department placed in mayor's hands

    DETROIT (AP) — Control of Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized by the United Nations and others for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, has been returned to the mayor's office. The move comes a week after the department said it would...

  • NYU med center to get $1B in Sandy funding

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York University's Langone Medical Center is getting over $1 billion to repair damage from Sandy and protect against future storms. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday that the "lump sum" has been authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Schumer noted that the...

  • Eight things in the Veterans Affairs reform deal

    House and Senate negotiators Monday announced a $17 billion plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here's what it includes.

  • How Harry Reid hopes to save funding for Israel from August gridlock

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday moved to ensure Israel receives crucial military aid, decoupling $225 million funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system from a controversial border bill.

  • Lawmakers unveil $17 billion bill to reform Veterans Affairs

    House and Senate negotiators have unveiled a $17 billion plan to overhaul the way the nation's veterans obtain medical care, including a $10 billion provision to privatize services to help shorten long wait times.

  • NYC pension funds at $160.5 billion

    New York City's pension funds ended the latest fiscal year with a record-high value of $160.5 billion, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Monday.

  • With days left until August recess, major legislation could be left undone

    Congress Monday will begin a final week of legislative action before adjourning for the August recess, but partisan gridlock threatens to leave key legislation unfinished.

  • Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism

    "Pare down the parasitic fringe" of government. "Favor a gospel of work" instead of aristocratic entitlement. "Rationalize finance" and "reverse the Parkinson's law of bureaucracy."

  • Deja vu as spending bills take a back seat to partisan politics

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters he expects Congress to pass a stopgap "continuing resolution" in September that would keep the government funded until late this year.

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hits Capitol Hill to drum up support for conservation program

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is making the rounds on Capitol Hill in hopes of swaying lawmakers to fully fund and permanently reauthorize a 50-year-old conservation program that expires next year.



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