Thu Mar 21, 2024 AT 9:58 AM EDT

Congressional leaders have rolled out a sprawling package funding large swaths of the government for the rest of fiscal year 2024 after last-minute drama over funds for the Department of Homeland Security threatened efforts to avert a shutdown later this week. 

Ahead of the rollout on Thursday, Republicans touted funding cuts in areas including foreign operations and diversity, while Democrats boasted investments in childcare and domestic programs. 

The new deal caps off weeks of tough bipartisan, bicameral funding talks after a months-long stalemate over how to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year. Read Full Story

Tue Mar 19, 2024 AT 11:03 AM EDT

The House returns to Washington on Tuesday facing heightened urgency to move more military help for Ukraine but with no formal deadline — and no clear strategy — for getting it passed.

The lower chamber is scheduled to be in session for only four days before a two-week holiday recess, and Kyiv’s supporters, including top Democrats in both chambers, are urging Speaker Mike Johnson to move the additional aid before week’s end.

Congress is facing a Friday deadline to fund the government and prevent a partial shutdown — a process expected to dominate the week — and Johnson has given no indication he’s ready to move quickly on a foreign aid package in the short window before the break, nor has he disclosed what such legislation would look like. Read Full Story

Thu Mar 14, 2024 AT 10:03 AM EDT

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan subpoenaed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Wednesday for immigration enforcement records, saying officials have ignored his requests. 

In a letter to Mayorkas, Jordan explained that failure to provide the information “prevents the committee from fulfilling its constitutional oversight obligations.”

DHS shot back, arguing Jordan’s committee “continues to waste time with unnecessary subpoenas that serve no purpose beyond political posturing.” Read Full Story

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