Government programs

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., joined at right by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., argues in opposition as members members of the House Agriculture Committee assemble to craft a new farm bill which includes an overhaul of the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Republicans are proposing stricter work mandates on the nation's more than 40 million food stamp recipients. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 18, 2018 - 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly-divided House panel Wednesday approved new work and job training requirements for food stamps as part of a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy. The GOP-run Agriculture Committee approved the measure strictly along party lines after a contentious, five...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, Arizona State Rep. and U.S. Representative candidate Debbie Lesko speaks with a constituent during the meeting of the state committee of the Arizona Republican Party in Phoenix. The sprawling suburbs west of Phoenix may put a brake on Democratic optimism following surprising special election wins in places like Alabama, Pennsylvania and other GOP strongholds. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
April 17, 2018 - 2:57 pm
SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The sprawling suburbs west of Phoenix may put a brake on Democratic optimism following surprising special election wins in places like Alabama, Pennsylvania and other GOP strongholds. Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, characterized by single-family tract homes,...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Denham has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors on an effort to hold votes on four immigration bills. Democratic aides say virtually every Democrat will sign on as co-sponsors, but there would be no requirement for the vote to occur. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
April 16, 2018 - 11:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virtually all Democrats are poised to join a group of Republicans calling for House votes this election year on immigration, an effort that seems unlikely to succeed but would cast a campaign-season spotlight on an issue Democrats think will help their Election Day prospects. Rep...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018 file photo, New York Attorney General Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York to announce a new lawsuit by seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities against the U.S. government, saying a plan to add a citizenship query to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 15, 2018 - 1:38 pm
A Trump administration plan to ask people if they are U.S. citizens during the 2020 census has prompted a legal uproar from Democratic state attorneys general, who argue it could drive down participation and lead to an inaccurate count. Yet not a single Republican attorney general has sued — not...
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In this image provided by the Conway (Ark.) Police Department, Robert Rook is seen in this June 3, 2016, photo. An Associated Press investigation finds that even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving. Rook was allowed to keep his family practice open, so long as he’s chaperoned, despite facing multiple criminal charges for rape. Prosecutors subsequently downgraded the charges to more than 20 counts of sexual assault in the second- and third-degree, charges for which Rook says he is innocent. (Conway Police Department via AP)
April 15, 2018 - 12:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California's medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman's vagina and exposed his erect penis. The second time, the board claimed, he told a patient...
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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, joined at left by Vice Chairman Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., announces the new farm bill, officially known as the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 12, 2018. The bulk of the bill's spending goes toward funding SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 13, 2018 - 7:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House committee crafting a bill to overhaul the food stamp program says he opposes drug testing for participants. The comments by Rep. Mike Conaway come two days after The Associated Press reported that the White House was weighing a plan that would allow states...
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Teachers at Humphrey Elementary school participate in a state-wide walk-in prior to classes Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz. Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 13, 2018 - 6:58 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers said Friday they were deeply skeptical of the Republican governor's promise to sharply increase pay, wondering where the money will come from while pointing to ongoing concerns about overall education funding. Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday unveiled a plan to boost pay...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Madison, Wis. The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who’ve long sought ways to curb safety net program. Walker sued the USDA in 2015 for blocking the state from drug testing adults applying for food stamps. A federal judge tossed the suit in 2016, but Walker renewed his request for permission later that year, after Donald Trump had won the presidency but before he took office.(AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)
April 12, 2018 - 12:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the safety net program. The proposal under review would be narrowly targeted,...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., leaves a news conference after announcing that he will not run for re-election at the end of this term, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 12, 2018 - 12:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will leave Congress having achieved one of his career goals: rewriting the tax code. On his other defining aim — balancing the budget and cutting back benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — Ryan has utterly failed. Ryan, a budget...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., leaves a news conference after announcing that he will not run for re-election at the end of this term, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 11, 2018 - 5:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will leave Congress having achieved one of his career goals: rewriting the tax code. On his other defining aim — balancing the budget and cutting back benefit programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — Ryan has utterly failed. Ryan, a budget...
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