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border wall, tunnel tussle hold up sweeping spending bill


washington — talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill dragged wednesday as congressional negotiators found themselves tangled in side issues ahead of a friday deadline.if lawmakers can agree on the bill, president donald trump will reap a huge budget increase for the military while democrats will cement wins on infrastructure and other domestic programs that they failed to get under president barack obama.first, though, congress needs to vote. leaders already missed monday's deadline to file legislation and progress slowed as negotiators struggled to resolve several sticking points.most battles over budget priorities in the huge bill were essentially settled, but a scaled-back plan for trump's border wall and a fight over a tunnel under the hudson river still held up a final agr






border wall, hudson river project hold up spending bill


washington (ap) — two major issues are holding up the massive government-wide spending bill that must pass congress before a midnight friday deadline to avoid another government shutdown.an agreement could be announced as early as tuesday.one hurdle is funding for president donald trump’s promised border wall separating the u.s. and mexico. democrats appear likely to yield on $1.6 billion in wall funding, but they are digging in against trump’s plans to hire hundreds of new immigration agents.also holding up the spending bill is an $11 billion hudson river tunnel and rail project favored by republicans and democrats from new york and new jersey. the senate’s top democrat, new york’s chuck schumer, backs the project, but a veto threat looms if it’s part of the spending bill.most read busine






trump border wall funding facing delay


media caption'build that wall' says border residentpresident donald trump's mexican border wall may be delayed as republicans consider putting its funding on hold.senator roy blunt said cash for the wall would be left out of a spending bill that must pass by 28 april to avert a partial government shutdown.his remarks came on tuesday after mr trump requested a supplemental funding bill to include money for the wall along with military programmes.but mr blunt signalled mr trump's request could complicate negotiations."all of the committees, house and senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalise the rest of the fy17 bill," said mr blunt, a senior member of the appropriations committee and his party's leadership."my guess is that comes together better without the supplemental."






trump border wall funding facing delay


media caption'build that wall' says border residentpresident donald trump's mexican border wall may be delayed as republicans consider putting its funding on hold.senator roy blunt said cash for the wall would be left out of a spending bill that must pass by 28 april to avert a partial government shutdown.his remarks came on tuesday after mr trump requested a supplemental funding bill to include money for the wall along with military programmes.but mr blunt signalled mr trump's request could complicate negotiations."all of the committees, house and senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalise the rest of the fy17 bill," said mr blunt, a senior member of the appropriations committee and his party's leadership."my guess is that comes together better without the supplemental."






spending bill excludes border wall, but trump declares victory anyway


a bill to fund the government through sept. 30 includes $341 million for replacement fencing along the southwest border.        






senate to send $1.1t spending bill to trump


washington (ap) — the senate is on track to deliver president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion agencywide spending bill that would keep the government running pretty much as is through september.senate passage thursday afternoon would send the huge bill to the white house for trump’s signature well in time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline. the house passed the measure wednesday on a big bipartisan vote, though 103 of the chamber’s conservative republicans opposed the bill.trump won $15 billion in additional pentagon spending and $1.5 billion in emergency border security funds but was denied funding to begin construction work on his oft-promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border.and democrats and the pragmatic republica






trump and his aides take hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutd


washington – president donald trump and his top aides applied new pressure sunday on lawmakers to include money for a wall on the u.s.-mexico border in a must-pass government funding bill, raising the possibility of a federal government shutdown this week.in a pair of tweets, trump attacked democrats for opposing the wall and insisted that mexico would pay for it "at a later date," despite his repeated campaign promises not including that qualifier. and top administration officials appeared on sunday shows to press for money for the wall, including white house budget director mick mulvaney, who said trump might refuse to sign a spending bill that does not include money for the wall.democrats said they vigorously oppose any money for the border wall in a new spending bill, setting the stage






trump takes hard line on border wall as threat of government shutdown looms


president donald trump and his top aides applied new pressure sunday on lawmakers to include money for a wall on the u.s.-mexico border in a must-pass government funding bill, raising the possibility of a federal government shutdown this week.in a pair of tweets, trump attacked democrats for opposing the wall and insisted that mexico would pay for it "at a later date," despite his repeated campaign promises not including that qualifier. and top administration officials appeared on sunday shows to press for money for the wall, including white house budget director mick mulvaney, who said trump might refuse to sign a spending bill that does not include money for the wall.democrats said they vigorously oppose any money for the border wall in a new spending bill, setting the stage for a last-m






trump takes hard line on border wall as threat of government shutdown looms


president donald trump and his top aides applied new pressure sunday on lawmakers to include money for a wall on the u.s.-mexico border in a must-pass government funding bill, raising the possibility of a federal government shutdown this week.in a pair of tweets, trump attacked democrats for opposing the wall and insisted that mexico would pay for it "at a later date," despite his repeated campaign promises not including that qualifier. and top administration officials appeared on sunday shows to press for money for the wall, including white house budget director mick mulvaney, who said trump might refuse to sign a spending bill that does not include money for the wall.democrats said they vigorously oppose any money for the border wall in a new spending bill, setting the stage for a last-m






senate sends $1.1t spending bill to trump – the denver post


washington  — the senate has delivered to president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through september — putting off, for now, battles over trump’s u.s.-mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.the lopsided, 79-18 senate vote sends the huge bill to the white house in plenty of time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline.negotiators on the bill dropped trump’s demands for a down payment on his oft-promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border, but his signature would buy five months of funding stability while lawmakers argue over the wall and over trump’s demands for a huge military buildup matched by cuts to popular domestic programs and foreign aid accounts.the h






congress finishes spending bill, sends legislation to trump


washington (ap) — the senate has delivered to president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through september — putting off, for now, battles over trump’s u.s.-mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.the lopsided, 79-18 senate vote sends the huge bill to the white house in plenty of time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline.negotiators on the bill dropped trump’s demands for a down payment on his oft-promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border, but his signature would buy five months of funding stability while lawmakers argue over the wall and over trump’s demands for a huge military buildup matched by cuts to popular domestic programs and foreign aid accounts.t






trump insists that wall along mexico border 'will get built'


washington – president donald trump insisted on tuesday that he remains committed to his hotly disputed plan to build a wall along the mexican border, despite backing off a demand that the project be funded in a short-term spending measure that must be passed by friday to avoid a government shutdown.by easing off the proposal for a down payment on wall construction, trump may have cleared one of the biggest obstacles to passage of the spending bill before financing for most government operations expires at the end of the week.still, the president did not want his acquiescence to be seen as a sign that he was any less committed to the project. “don’t let the fake media tell you that i have changed my position on the wall,” he wrote on twitter tuesday morning. “it will get built and help sto






congress finishes spending bill, sends legislation to trump


washington — the senate has delivered to president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through september — putting off, for now, battles over trump's u.s.-mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.the lopsided, 79-18 senate vote sends the huge bill to the white house in plenty of time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline.negotiators on the bill dropped trump's demands for a down payment on his oft-promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border, but his signature would buy five months of funding stability while lawmakers argue over the wall and over trump's demands for a huge military buildup matched by cuts to popular domestic programs and foreign aid accounts.the ho






trump takes hard line on wall, as threat of a shutdown looms


washington - president donald trump and his top aides applied new pressure sunday on lawmakers to include money for a wall on the u.s.-mexico border in a must-pass government funding bill, raising the possibility of a federal government shutdown this week.in a pair of tweets, trump attacked democrats for opposing the wall and insisted that mexico would pay for it “at a later date,” despite his repeated campaign promises not including that qualifier. and top administration officials appeared on sunday shows to press for money for the wall, including white house budget director mick mulvaney, who said trump might refuse to sign a spending bill that does not include money for the wall.democrats said they vigorously oppose any money for the border wall in a new spending bill, setting the stage






congress finishes spending bill, sends legislation to trump


washington (ap) — the senate has delivered to president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through september — putting off, for now, battles over trump’s u.s.-mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.the lopsided, 79-18 senate vote sends the huge bill to the white house in plenty of time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline.negotiators on the bill dropped trump’s demands for a down payment on his oft-promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border, but his signature would buy five months of funding stability while lawmakers argue over the wall and over trump’s demands for a huge military buildup matched by cuts to popular domestic programs and foreign aid accounts.t






wall street is betting the government won't shut down


as president donald trump pressed for funding to start building his much-ballyhooed border wall, wall street has been scaling a wall of its own, lifting the nasdaq above 6,000 for the first time and pushing the s&p 500 up more than 6 percent this year.on monday and tuesday, the stock market rallied, with investors cheered by election results in france, corporate earnings and thoughts of tax cuts ahead.the threat of a government shutdown on saturday did little to dampen sentiment, even though an appropriations bill that has been funding government operations since december lapses friday at midnight.“there are so many questions that investors face right now, but we tend to climb a wall of worry,” said jim russell, a principal and portfolio manager at bahl & gaynor, which manages $18.7 billio






gop drops us-mexico wall demands as spending talks advance


washington — congressional negotiators on tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny president donald trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the mexico border. the emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on trump's 100th day in office this saturday.top senate democrat chuck schumer said republican negotiators were following the lead of trump, who signaled monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion worth of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill. trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until september for the funding.other stumbling blocks remain, but the decision by trump






gop drops us-mexico wall demands as spending talks advance


washington — congressional negotiators on tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny president donald trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the mexico border. the emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on trump's 100th day in office this saturday.top senate democrat chuck schumer said republican negotiators were following the lead of trump, who signaled monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion worth of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill. trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until september for the funding.other stumbling blocks remain, but the decision by trump






road crew uncovers tunnel near mexico border in texas


el paso, texas — the u.s. border patrol says a road construction crew has uncovered an abandoned tunnel in texas, just north of the border with mexico.agent oscar cervantes says the tunnel was discovered thursday near downtown el paso.the border patrol said in a statement that the texas department of transportation reached out after a cave-in during construction of a road. the mishap led to the discovery of the tunnel that originates north of the international border. authorities don't know the purpose of the tunnel or where it goes.border patrol confined-space resource teams are examining the area to determine the extent of the tunnel, apparently reinforced with wooden beams.cervantes declined to release further details friday, citing the ongoing investigation.






trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open


branchburg, n.j. — president donald trump signed his first piece of major legislation on friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through september.the bill cleared both houses of congress this week and trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central new jersey, well ahead of a midnight friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.but other budget battles lie ahead as the white house and congress hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts oct. 1.republicans praised $15 billion in additional pentagon spending obtained by trump, as well as $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security, though not for the wall he has vowed to build along the u.s.-mexico border to deter illegal immigration.trump a






trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open


president donald trump signed his first piece of major legislation on friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through september. the bill cleared both houses of congress this week and trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central new jersey, well ahead of a midnight friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down. but other budget battles lie ahead as the white house and congress hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts oct. 1.republicans praised $15 billion in additional pentagon spending obtained by trump, as well as $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security, though not for the wall he has vowed to build along the u.s.-mexico border to deter illegal immigration. trump also wants a huge






senate averts shutdown, funds the government through september


the bill boosts spending for defense programs and border security but does not include funding for a border wall.        






trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open – the denver post


branchburg, n.j. — president donald trump signed his first piece of major legislation on friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through september.the bill cleared both houses of congress this week and trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central new jersey, well ahead of a midnight friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.but other budget battles lie ahead as the white house and congress hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts oct. 1.republicans praised $15 billion in additional pentagon spending obtained by trump, as well as $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security, though not for the wall he has vowed to build along the u.s.-mexico border to deter illegal immigration.trump a






trump backs down on border wall funding


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia caption'build that wall' says border residentdonald trump has indicated he will scrap plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill.the president's close adviser, kellyanne conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must pass by friday.building the wall, paid for by mexico, was a key campaign promise.democrats had threatened to block the bill if money was earmarked for the wall, so its omission may now avert a government shutdown.but the president insisted on twitter that he still supported the wall and that it would be built.image copyrightafpimage caption the wall has yet to be constructed along a large part of the border between mexico and the us he reportedly told a private meeting






trump backs down on border wall funding


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia caption'build that wall' says border residentdonald trump has indicated he will scrap plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill.the president's close adviser, kellyanne conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must pass by friday.building the wall, paid for by mexico, was a key campaign promise.democrats had threatened to block the bill if money was earmarked for the wall, so its omission may now avert a government shutdown.but the president insisted on twitter that he still supported the wall and that it would be built.image copyrightafpimage caption the wall has yet to be constructed along a large part of the border between mexico and the us he reportedly told a private meeting






congressional negotiators reach bipartisan government spending deal


republican and democratic negotiators on capitol hill struck a deal sunday night over funding the government through september, three congressional aides confirmed to cbs news.the legislation, known as an omnibus spending package, totals more than $1 trillion and is expected to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2017, which ends september 30. lawmakers are expected to vote on the comprehensive measure this week before funding runs out  friday night. playvideocbs evening newsnative american tribe fights trump's border wall president trump's plan to build a border wall was put on hold this week after he backed off a demand for funding from congress. but the border wa... the package doesn't include any funding for the wall president trump wants along the u.s.-mexico border or a de






the latest: top senate democrat welcomes funding deal


washington — the latest on the bill being negotiated on capitol hill to fund the government through september (all times local):10:35 p.m.the top democrat in the senate is welcoming the deal on a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through september.sen. chuck schumer of new york says the pact is a "good agreement for the american people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table."the bill rebuffs president donald trump's request for a down payment on the border wall with mexico. trump said repeatedly during the campaign that mexico would foot the bill for the wall and mexico says it will not.schumer says the measure ensures that "taxpayer dollars aren't used to fund an ineffective border wall." he also says unrelated policy provisions have been omitted and t






trump wants to add wall to spending bill, potentially forcing shutdown showdown


president donald trump wants congress to add defense funding and money for a new wall along the mexican border in a near-term spending bill intended to keep the government open past april 28, but capitol hill republicans signaled they will reject the idea to avoid a shutdown as well as the deep cuts that the new spending would require.trump's request, outlined in conversations with white house officials and in a memo from budget director mick mulvaney, calls for $33 billion in new defense and border spending — and $18 billion in cuts to other priorities, such as medical research and jobs programs.but it appeared that few on the hill shared the white house's appetite to flirt with a government shutdown over the border wall, which democrats have pledged to oppose and which even some conserva






trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open


branchburg, n.j. — president donald trump signed his first piece of major legislation on friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through september.the bill cleared both houses of congress this week and trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central new jersey, well ahead of a midnight friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.but other budget battles lie ahead as the white house and congress hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts oct. 1.republicans praised $15 billion in additional pentagon spending obtained by trump, as well as $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security, though not for the wall he has vowed to build along the u.s.-mexico border to deter illegal immigration.most re






the latest: pence says spending bill is 'bipartisan win'


washington — the latest on the agreement reached on a $1 trillion spending bill in congress (all times local):9:25 a.m.vice president mike pence says the trump administration "couldn't be more pleased" with an agreement on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill to keep government running through september.the plan doesn't provide president donald trump with money for a border wall, and it includes funding at lower levels than trump had requested. but pence says it's a "bipartisan win for the american people" that avoids a government shutdown.pence says in an interview on "cbs this morning" that the deal will provide a "significant increase" in military spending, a "down payment" on border security and include support for health benefits for coal miners.






congressional negotiators reach bipartisan government spending deal


republican and democratic negotiators on capitol hill struck a deal sunday night over funding the government through september, three congressional aides confirmed to cbs news.the legislation, known as an omnibus spending package, is expected to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2017, which ends september 30. lawmakers are expected to vote on the comprehensive measure this week before funding runs out  friday night. playvideocbs evening newsnative american tribe fights trump's border wall president trump's plan to build a border wall was put on hold this week after he backed off a demand for funding from congress. but the border wa... the package doesn't include any funding for the wall president trump wants along the u.s.-mexico border or a deportation force, according to a s






congressional negotiators reach bipartisan government spending deal


republican and democratic negotiators on capitol hill struck a deal sunday night over funding the government through september, three congressional aides confirmed to cbs news.the legislation, known as an omnibus spending package, is expected to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2017, which ends september 30. lawmakers are expected to vote on the comprehensive measure this week before funding runs out  friday night. playvideocbs evening newsnative american tribe fights trump's border wall president trump's plan to build a border wall was put on hold this week after he backed off a demand for funding from congress. but the border wa... the package doesn't include any funding for the wall president trump wants along the u.s.-mexico border or a deportation force, according to a s






congressional negotiators reach bipartisan government spending deal


republican and democratic negotiators on capitol hill struck a deal sunday night over funding the government through september, three congressional aides confirmed to cbs news.the legislation, known as an omnibus spending package, is expected to fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2017, which ends september 30. lawmakers are expected to vote on the comprehensive measure this week before funding runs out on friday night. one aide said the text of the deal is expected to post late sunday.playvideocbs evening newsnative american tribe fights trump's border wall president trump's plan to build a border wall was put on hold this week after he backed off a demand for funding from congress. but the border wa... the package doesn't include any funding for president trump's planned wall






house approves $1-trillion bipartisan spending bill as gop prepares for thursday


congress pushed forward a sweeping spending bill wednesday, a rare bipartisan accord to keep the government running for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.but republicans had a tougher time trying to salvage their obamacare overhaul with a last-minute fix to gain support for a vote that leaders now plan to hold thursday.president trump initially criticized the $1-trillion spending package for failing to include his administration’s priorities, but the house easily approved the funding measure, 309 to 118. the senate was expected to swiftly follow, ahead of a friday deadline when a current stopgap funding bill expires.the package boosts defense spending by $12.5 billion, half of what the president wanted. it provides extra money for medical research, disaster relief and the effort to sal






house approves $1-trillion bipartisan spending bill as gop prepares for thursday


congress pushed forward a sweeping spending bill wednesday, a rare bipartisan accord to keep the government running for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.but republicans had a tougher time trying to salvage their obamacare overhaul with a last-minute fix to gain support for a vote that leaders now plan to hold thursday.president trump initially criticized the $1-trillion spending package for failing to include his administration’s priorities, but the house easily approved the funding measure, 309 to 118. the senate was expected to swiftly follow, ahead of a friday deadline when a current stopgap funding bill expires.the package boosts defense spending by $12.5 billion, half of what the president wanted. it provides extra money for medical research, disaster relief and the effort to sal






gop budget hawks open to trump tax plan despite deficit


gop drops border wall demands as spending talks advanceandrew taylor and alan framcongressional negotiators on tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny president donald trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the mexico border. the emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat...congressional negotiators on tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny president donald trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the mexico border. the emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat... (andrew taylor and alan fram)






interesting thing of the day


like many people, i’ve tried very hard to forget my days in junior high school. that was an unpleasant time in my life for all the usual reasons, and thankfully most of it is now a dim blur. but a few pleasant moments do stand out in my memory. one of those was a report i did for my ninth-grade science cl . for reasons i no longer recall, the topic i chose was pascal’s law, and i must have prepared well for that 10-minute presentation, because i could probably stand up and give pretty much the same talk today, even though i never went on to study any more about it.pascal’s law describes the behavior of fluids in a closed system, and says, to oversimplify somewhat, that the pressure the fluids exert is always the same throughout the system. this is the principle that enables hydraulic press