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Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans
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Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year. The 86-5 vote in favor of the bill sends it back to the House, which approved a similar bill this month. Lawmakers hope to send...

Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate
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Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting...

Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel
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Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. The full...

Exclusive: Trump allies pressure Jones on Pompeo vote
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Exclusive: Trump allies pressure Jones on Pompeo vote

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) has not said how he’ll vote on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary State, but now he’s getting some help in making that decision thanks to a new effort to sway him. 45Committee, a non-profit political action group that supports and promotes President...

Shelby treats Senate colleagues to Alabama fare
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Shelby treats Senate colleagues to Alabama fare

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Fried shrimp, fried chicken, fried oysters, mac & cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, and peach cobbler (the kind cooked with biscuits) with vanilla ice cream. Now, that’s an Alabama feast. It is also the menu Senator Richard Shelby served up for his turn at hosting the Senate Republican Caucus’ Thursday lunch. The...