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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., leaves a news conference with Republican leaders, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Congress clears massive spending bill in midnight vote

The House approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2018 and the Senate followed suit early Friday morning, beating the shutdown deadline and leaving Republicans and Democrats to fight over credit and blame. Published March 22, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, are warning Republicans in high-tax blue states of an electoral backlash from middle-class suburbanites if they approve a tax reform bill without state and local tax deductions. (Associated Press/File)

Trump's immigration initiatives ignored in $1.3 trillion spending bill

Congressional leaders on Wednesday reached agreement on a $1.3 trillion plan to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, pouring new money into gun background checks and anti-opioid efforts but limiting President Trump's calls for investment in stiffer immigration enforcement. Published March 21, 2018

Republicans punt on conservative spending demands in bid to woo Democrats

Congressional Republicans were rushing to put finishing touches on a $1.3 trillion bill Monday to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2018, retreating on most conservative demands in order to earn help from Democrats in passing the bill by a shutdown deadline Friday. Published March 19, 2018

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 13, 2018 file photo, several gun-rights activists wearing blaze orange hunting vests visit the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., where bills are under consideration to place restrictions on gun ownership. A nationwide review of state legislation by The Associated Press suggests the Florida high school shooting may not lead to the sea change in firearms policy that gun-control advocates had desired. People on both sides of the debate are watching developments in gun-friendly Vermont, where Republican Gov. Phil Scott abandoned his stance against gun control after police arrested an 18-year-old man allegedly plotting a mass shooting at a high school. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

Gun debate takes center stage in midterm political ads

The gun debate increasingly is dominating the political ad wars, with the rate of commercials featuring the issue running twice as high as that of the last national election — and Second Amendment supporters remain firmly in control. Published March 18, 2018

Rep. Louise Slaughter, New York Democrat, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. Louise Slaughter dies at 88

Rep. Louise Slaughter, the first woman to chair the powerful House Rules Committee and one of the longest-serving members of Congress, died early Friday at the age of 88, according to her office. Published March 16, 2018

A guard tower is seen behind the wire fence that surrounds California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom, Calif, in this August 31, 2007, photo. In an effort to slow California's growing prison population, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers are looking for ways to review the state's determinate sentencing practice. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Firearm offense convictions declined under Obama, says new report

President Obama oversaw a steady decline in the number of convictions for firearm offenses that carried mandatory minimum sentences, according to a report released Thursday that underscores the low priority the last administration gave to pursuing gun crimes. Published March 15, 2018

House passes school safety bill one month after Parkland shooting

The House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would incentivize schools to develop threat assessment and safety plans, taking its first concrete steps to respond to last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. on the one-month anniversary of the massacre. Published March 14, 2018

This Feb. 19, 2018, file photo shows Nikolas Cruz appearing in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida prosecutors announced Tuesday, March 13 that they will seek the death penalty against Cruz, a former student charged in the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

FBI says it should have done more in run-up to Parkland shooting

The acting deputy director of the FBI said Wednesday that the bureau should have done more in the run-up to the Parkland school shooting last month that claimed the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. Published March 14, 2018

FILE- This April 17, 2014, file photo shows ongoing construction of a rail tunnel, left, at the Hudson Yards redevelopment site on Manhattan's west side in New York. Amtrak constructed a concrete box inside the project to preserve space for a tunnel from New Jersey to New York across the Hudson River. President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Questions surrounding Trump's infrastructure plan are likely to leave costly projects, such as plans for the new Hudson River tunnel. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) **FILE**

Tunnel funding setting stage for shutdown showdown

Lawmakers insist they'll finish writing an omnibus spending bill by a March 23 deadline, but funding for a key New York-New Jersey tunnel project -- along with other perpetual hot-button issues -- is setting the stage for another potential shutdown showdown. Published March 12, 2018

In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, lights shine inside the U.S. Capitol Building as night falls in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Congress to study why it struggles to pass spending bills on time

As part of February's deal to end the government shutdown, Congress promised itself it would study the budget process to figure out why it's so bad at simple things like passing spending bills on time and keeping the government open. Published March 11, 2018

An attendee at a rally against gun violence holds signs that read "March for Our Lives March 24" and "Take Guns Out of the Equation," Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The rally was held on the same day Gov. Inslee was scheduled to sign a bill banning the sale and possession of gun bump stocks in the state of Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

States rush past idling Congress to enact stricter gun laws

Some states have rushed to enact stricter gun laws in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre, but Congress is still in pre-debate mode, with plenty of proposals attracting bipartisan support but no firm commitments from Republican leaders to bring any major gun bills to the floor. Published March 8, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., waves to the crowd as he speaking at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

McConnell urges 'caution' on Trump's tariff proposal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he and his GOP colleagues are concerned that President Trump's plan to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could escalate into a damaging trade war right as the U.S. economy is showing signs of life. Published March 6, 2018