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David Sherfinski

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

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, waits to start a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, the morning after he and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, reached a deal to resume federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump had halted. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate passes $857 billion spending bill

The Senate passed a massive $857 billion bill Thursday to fund the Defense, Labor, Education, and Health departments next year, pressing to avert a shutdown showdown ahead of the next deadline at the end of September. Published August 23, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate Democrats rail against reported guns-in-schools idea

Senate Democrats on Thursday railed against reported plans that the Trump administration is looking at using federal funding to let school districts buy guns for teachers, saying the news threatens to scuttle bipartisan work on a massive spending package the Senate is considering this week. Published August 23, 2018

"We have a long way to go, but we're getting there with this first batch of appropriation bills," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, Alabama Republican. (Associated Press)

Amendments to Senate spending bill likely to be axed

One senator is demanding a vote on limiting President Trump's options for a military parade, while several others want to ensure better treatment for chimpanzees who had been used in clinical testing at federally funded facilities. Published August 22, 2018

In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Texas. A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that wants to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Judge expected to rule by Aug. 27 in 3D-printed gun file case

A federal judge in Washington state on Tuesday pledged a quick ruling on whether he will continue to block a Texas company from sharing online blueprints for crafting 3D-printed guns, while also saying at a hearing in the case that the hot-button issue ideally would be settled by Congress or the White House. Published August 21, 2018

A Broward County sheriff's deputy was on hand Wednesday as students arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for the first day of classes. (Associated Press/File)

Data duel: Are gun-free zones really safer?

Children are heading back to school with the debate over gun safety still raging six months after the Parkland massacre -- and no issue is more heated than whether gun-free zones make students safer or more endangered. Published August 19, 2018

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a rally with President Donald Trump, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Lewis Center, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Conservative activists urge GOP to hold firm on spending bills

Conservative advocacy groups are sounding the alarm that a quick surrender by House Republicans on 2019 spending bills in the coming weeks could decimate the morale of grass-roots activists the GOP will need for the closing stretch of the midterm campaign season. Published August 15, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo people pass the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Economy to grow 3.1 percent in 2018: CBO

The U.S. economy is expected to grow by about 3 percent in 2018 but could face "more substantial" effects in the coming months from the administration's recent moves on tariffs, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Published August 13, 2018

Cameron Kasky (center) is one of the student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaking out for gun control. His father and other parents of teens who were affected by the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, have formed the Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC to oppose candidates who don't support their goals. (Associated Press/File)

Parkland parents form PAC to pressure candidates to crack down on assault rifles

Some Marjory Stoneman Douglas students have been outspoken gun control advocates since the February shooting at their high school, and now their parents are ramping up the pressure with a political action committee to campaign against candidates who won't crack down on military-style weapons. Published August 9, 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, center, leaves federal court, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in New York. Rep. Collins of western New York state has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Rep. Chris Collins vows to fight 'meritless' insider trading charges, stay on ballot

Rep. Chris Collins on Wednesday said he plans to mount a "vigorous" defense against what he described as "meritless" charges and that he will remain on the ballot for re-election to Congress, hours after pleading not guilty in federal court in New York to charges tied to an alleged insider trading scheme. Published August 8, 2018