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Senate Democrats press Pentagon officials on wall funding in budget

Senate Democrats press Pentagon officials on wall funding in budget

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March 14 (UPI) -- Democratic senators on Thursday demanded answers from Department of Defense officials about military funding for President Donald Trump's emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal 2020 budget. "I can't tell you how wrong this is. This is abusive," said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., about the president's emergency declaration. "I can guarantee that if you let this happen, it'll happen under the next president and the next president." Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and David L. Norquist, the Pentagon's comptroller, appeared before the committee to defend the White House's request for $ 750 billion in national defense, which inc...
'Hostage-taking': Democrats reject Trump's offer to end shutdown

'Hostage-taking': Democrats reject Trump's offer to end shutdown

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Donald Trump has offered to extend temporary protection for people brought to the US illegally as children in a bid to end the government shutdown. The US president said he wanted to "break the logjam" but stuck to his demand for $ 5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.He offered to extend protection for "dreamer" immigrants - who entered the US illegally when they were young with their parents - for another three years, allowing them access to work permits. Democrats were quick to reject the proposal, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling it simply "more hostage-taking".There are about 700,000 "dreamers" who are currently protected from deportation under a programme that allows them to work but not get citizenship - a program...
Mid-term elections: Democrats win House in setback for Trump

Mid-term elections: Democrats win House in setback for Trump

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.A Democratic majority in the lower chamber for the first time in eight years will restrict his ability to steer his programme through Congress.But Mr Trump's Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate.Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.The election confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms. Media playback is unsupported on your device House Democratic leader Nan...