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

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President Donald Trump speaks at a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs first three-bill spending package for FY 2019

President Trump on Friday signed the first package of 2019 spending bills into law, as Congress looks to continue its best performance in years on passing annual appropriations bills on time. Published September 21, 2018

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, left, shrugs as he tries to understand a comment by Republican challenger Corey Stewart during the Virginia Bar Association debate at the Homestead in Hot Springs , Va., Saturday, July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Sen. Tim Kaine: No reason to 'rush' Supreme Court nominee through

Sen. Tim Kaine on Thursday said the Senate shouldn't "rush" the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and that lawmakers should take sufficient time to look into the recent allegations of sexual assault against the judge. Published September 20, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., center left, speak with reporters after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Senate passes spending package that would avert shutdown on Oct. 1

Senators passed legislation Tuesday to fund the Pentagon and key domestic departments for all of 2019, along with stopgap money to keep many other agencies running into December, giving Congress a chance to finish its work without facing a government shutdown. Published September 18, 2018

Feinstein criticized for keeping Kavanaugh assault claims under wraps

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's decision to bottle up incendiary claims about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh until the 11th hour has drawn fierce criticism from Republicans saying it appears Democrats didn't even believe the accuser they now want to testify to Congress. Published September 17, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Kavanaugh, accuser set for high-stakes Senate showdown

Senate Republicans retreated from plans to have Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sitting on the Supreme Court by Oct. 1, and instead said they'll call him back to Congress to testify next week about allegations of a decades-old attempted sexual assault. Published September 17, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senator says Kavanaugh denies being at party

A top Republican spoke with Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday and said he denies any knowledge of sexual assault allegations -- and doesn't even remember being at a party where the attempted assault purportedly happened. Published September 17, 2018

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appears on Fox Business, Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

House Freedom Caucus threatens to withhold votes on spending bills

House conservatives, increasingly frustrated they're getting shut out of the spending debate on Capitol Hill, now are reaching for relevance by saying they could withhold their votes unless they begin to see wins for their priorities. Published September 16, 2018

Red lights illuminate Pennsylvania Avenue as the U.S. Capitol glows in the twilight, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

House passes three-bill funding package

The House approved the first batch of 2019 spending bills Thursday and shipped the legislation to President Trump to sign, keeping Congress on track for its best annual funding process in decades. Published September 13, 2018

This Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, photo shows the Capitol in Washington. As a potentially catastrophic hurricane heads for the Carolinas, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Congress eyes stopgap funding through Dec. 7 to avoid partial shutdown

Congress is hoping to pass nine of the 12 annual appropriations bills for 2019 before Oct. 1 -- and plans to fund the remaining departments at current-year levels through Dec. 7 to avoid a partial shutdown when funding expires at the end of the month. Published September 13, 2018

This Dec. 15, 2016, photo shows Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. speaking with reporters after meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House Republicans from N.Y., N.J. oppose permanent cap on state and local deduction

As House Republicans move forward on a second round of tax cuts this week, a handful of GOP members from northeastern states are urging their leadership to abandon any effort to lock in a new cap on the federal deduction for state and local tax paid, saying the new limit disproportionately harms their states. Published September 12, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial Service in Shanksville, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

White House officials won't say if Trump will sign spending bills

President Trump is ready to sign the first of the annual spending bills poised to emerge from Congress this week, but officials won't say whether he'd sign the rest of the bills needed to keep the government up and running into the new fiscal year — preserving his threat of a quasi-government shutdown. Published September 11, 2018

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

McConnell forecasts 'very challenging election on the Senate side'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called the 2018 Senate map "very challenging," pointing out that the party of the White House almost always loses seats in the president's first midterm elections and ticking off nine races he described as too close to call. Published September 11, 2018