President Donald Trump said he would be willing to back down from his demand that funding for a border wall be included in a government spending bill expected later this week. Removing that demand would increase the odds of passing legislation before Friday night’s deadline and avoid a government shutdown on April 29.
As Congress faces a Friday deadline to fund the federal government beyond April 28, the White House is pressuring lawmakers to include funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Congress has until midnight on April 28 to pass a spending bill that would keep the government open. While many lawmakers are hoping the funding measure will extend through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, there is also talk of passing a short-term extension in order to buy more time to negotiate a deal that extends through September.
Americans are lukewarm on the performance of congressional Democrats and Republicans, according to a new poll that asked voters to grade lawmakers on the first 100 days of the 115th Congress.
President Donald Trump has walked back his previous positions on the Export-Import Bank and whether to label China a currency manipulator. His supporters say that while they share his previous views, they also back his revised policy positions on those topics, according to a new poll.
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will compete in a June runoff after emerging from an 18-candidate race in Georgia for the House seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. After no candidate secured the 50 percent needed for outright victory, President Donald Trump declared the impending runoff a win for Republicans.
Voters in Georgia head to the polls today in a special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R), who’s now serving as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. If one candidate doesn’t capture more than 50 percent of the vote, a June run-off will be scheduled.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea remained high over the weekend as North Korea launched a test missile that failed shortly after liftoff. U.S. National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said it is time for the United States “to take action, short of armed conflict, so we can avoid the worst.”
It was a week of flip-flops for President Donald Trump, who changed his positions on foreign policy matters such as NATO, China, Russia, Syria, as well as more domestic-focused ones pertaining to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Export-Import Bank.
The Trump administration is considering economic sanctions and military action against North Korea if the country conducts a ballistic missile or nuclear test. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Sunday to discuss U.S. options for responding to any provocation by North Korea.