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Congress to fund more detention beds despite drop in border crossings

By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Mica Rosenberg | WASHINGTON/NEW YORK WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Congress has agreed to fund an additional 5,300 detention beds for illegal immigrants, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee said on Monday, less


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U.S. Congress to give Puerto Rico short-term Medicaid help

By Robin Respaut and Nick Brown Ailing Puerto Rico would receive $295 million in Medicaid funding from the federal government as part of the U.S. Congress' spending plan to avert a government shutdown, Governor Ricardo Rossello


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Trump says open to raising gasoline tax to fund infrastructure: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Monday he would consider raising the federal tax on gasoline to fund infrastructure development "earmarked toward the highways," Bloomberg News reported. "It's something that I would certainly consider,” Trump told


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U.S. Congress secures health benefits for coal miners

By Valerie Volcovici | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The U.S. government and coal companies will be required to pay out healthcare to retired coal miners, guaranteeing benefits to workers even as coal companies face bankruptcy, after Congress


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Afghans who helped U.S. forces get more visas under funding bill

By Patricia Zengerle | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON An extra 2,500 visas for Afghans who assisted American forces during the war in their country will be granted under the $1 trillion U.S. government funding deal reached on


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Trump says would meet North Korean leader under right circumstances: Bloomberg

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was open to meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong un "under the right circumstances," according to Bloomberg News. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet


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Mnuchin sees U.S. growth reaching 3 percent in time, tax cuts to help

BEVERLY HILLS U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin said on Monday that it could take up to two years to have economic growth reach three percent and that tax cuts and regulatory relief will help


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Trump won’t trade U.S. jobs for China’s help on North Korea: Ross

WASHINGTON U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday that President Donald Trump does not intend to trade away U.S. jobs for China's help on North Korea, adding that there are "constructive" talks with Beijing underway


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Trump signs executive order to modernize U.S. government info tech

By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Donald Trump announced on Monday he has signed an executive order creating a new technology council to "transfer and modernize" the U.S. government's information technology systems. A White House


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WASHINGTON U.S. congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, the Washington Post reported, citing


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