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Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'

Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship.



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Budget talks resume amid pessimism over border differences

Budget talks resume amid pessimism over border differencesWASHINGTON (AP) — Politically freighted border security negotiations are teetering just days before a potential new government shutdown. The turmoil is testing the changed balance of power in Washington, with lawmakers engaged in a sparring match over immigration policy that is challenging their ability to reach any accord.



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New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall

New shutdown threat as US budget talks stallUS budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no agreement is reached by this week’s deadline. “I think the talks are stalled right now,” Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on Fox News Sunday. Negotiators had been optimistic Friday an agreement would be reached that includes some funds for a border “barrier,” although less than the $ 5.6 billion US President Donald Trump has demanded.



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Democrats approve new budget plan to end shutdown – without funds for wall

Democrats approve new budget plan to end shutdown - without funds for wallDemocrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the US House of Representatives on Thursday by approving legislation backed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown, ignoring President Donald Trump's demand for $ 5 billion for a border wall. The White House on Thursday issued a veto threat against both parts of the Democratic legislation. But that did not deter House Democrats. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders were scheduled on Friday to discuss ways to break an impasse pitting his demand for building a border wall against Democrats' call for alternative security measures. Thursday marked the first day of divided government in Washington since Trump took office in January 2017, as Democrats took control in the House from his fellow Republicans, who remain in charge of the Senate. The 2019-2020 Congress convened with roughly a quarter of the federal government closed, affecting 800,000 employees, in a shutdown triggered by Trump's demand last month for the money for a US-Mexican border wall – opposed by Democrats – as part of any legislation funding government agencies. View this post on Instagram A post shared by President Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Jan 3, 2019 at 1:41pm PST The House earlier on Thursday had formally picked Pelosi, a veteran Democratic lawmaker and liberal from San Francisco, as its speaker, beginning her second stint in one of Washington's most powerful jobs. She is the only woman ever to serve as speaker and will preside over the most diverse U.S. House in history, including a record number of women and Latinos. The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $ 1.3 billion for border fencing and $ 300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras. The second part would fund the other federal agencies that are now unfunded including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, through to September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. "We're not doing a wall. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with a wall is an immorality between countries. It's an old way of thinking. It isn't cost effective," Pelosi told reporters late on Thursday. As speaker, Pelosi now is situated to lead Democratic opposition to Trump's agenda and carry out investigations of his administration following two years during which congressional Republicans largely acquiesced to the president. Trump on Thursday made an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room to make the case for the border wall, accompanied by members of a union that represents border patrol agents that endorsed him for president in 2016. He congratulated Pelosi on her selection as speaker and said: "Hopefully we're going to work together." "The wall – you can call it a barrier, you can call it whatever you want – but essentially we need protection in our country," Trump told reporters, without taking questions. Trump made the wall – a project estimated to cost about $ 23 billion – a key campaign promise in 2016, saying Mexico would pay for it and arguing it is needed to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Democrats have called the wall immoral, ineffective and medieval.



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Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid govt budget impasse

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid govt budget impasseUS President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed opposition Democrats for the death of two immigrant children in US custody, comments set to heighten tensions as the second week of a government shutdown began over his demands for a border wall. “Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!,” Trump said on Twitter.



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Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid budget impasse

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid budget impasseUS President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed opposition Democrats for the death of two immigrant children in US custody, comments set to heighten tensions as the second week of a government shutdown began over his demands for a wall on the US-Mexico border. “Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!,” Trump said on Twitter.



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How long will the federal shutdown last? Here are lessons from previous budget battles.

How long will the federal shutdown last? Here are lessons from previous budget battles.The government shutdown, which is moving into its second week, is not the longest in history. Here's how some past budget fights have played out.



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Donald Trump, venting fury over budget fight, threatens to close U.S.-Mexico border

Donald Trump, venting fury over budget fight, threatens to close U.S.-Mexico borderDonald Trump threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats refused to budge on wall funding but he didn't spell out how he would do so.



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The Latest: Dems shun wall money from other parts of budget

The Latest: Dems shun wall money from other parts of budgetWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local):



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Standoff over Trump border wall puts Congress in budget 'pickle'

Standoff over Trump border wall puts Congress in budget 'pickle'Trump has demanded $ 5 billion as a down-payment on construction of a huge wall that he argues is the only way to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States. “Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Border Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line!” Trump wrote in a Twitter posting on Monday. “Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control.” Democrats and some Republicans argue there are less costly, more effective border controls.



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