Initiatives unfolding this year are aimed at raising the issue of reproductive rights in conservative states that have passed the toughest anti-abortion laws.
In an ominous sign, Senate leaders began trading blame Thursday as prospects seemed to grow that the chamber’s long-awaited debate on the hot-button issue would end in stalemate.
The centrist proposal is winning support among Democrats, but it faces an uncertain fate.
The president suggests that his proposal—aimed at spurring $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade—is not as important to him as administration efforts to cut taxes and boost military spending.
The White House says the document contains “numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages” and asks the intelligence committee to revise it with the help of the Justice Department.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sets Monday as the start of the immigration debate, but Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t scheduled House consideration yet.
The president signs a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosts spending and swells the federal deficit, ending a brief federal government shutdown.
The Kentuckian, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits, repeatedly blocks action on a budget plan. However, the Senate is now racing to vote before dawn.
The agreement, which now goes to the House for a confirming vote, does not address immigration, and both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces have swung against it.