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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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Tyra Hemans, 19, left, and Logan Locke, 17, right, students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, wait to board buses in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.   The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Support for stricter gun laws at all time high: Quinnipiac poll

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters support stricter gun laws, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday that showed more people than ever backing stricter laws in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida Published February 20, 2018

Sen. Richard Shelby R-AL speaks with the media as he walks to the senate chamber, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Lawmakers optimistic about passing spending bill before next deadline

Lawmakers crafting a long-term spending bill to get the federal government past the next funding deadline in late March are optimistic there won't be another shutdown showdown — though they're keeping a weather eye on the immigration debate. Published February 19, 2018

From left, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., finish a news conference on the bipartisan immigration deal they reached during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. The Trump administration is already denouncing their deal in the Senate, saying it will "create a mass amnesty for over 10 million illegal aliens, including criminals." " (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bipartisan amnesty dies in Senate; McCain plan also fails

With dozens of Dreamers looking on from the viewing gallery, the Senate was unable to muster the votes Thursday to approve an amnesty for them and 1.8 million other illegal immigrants, leaving their fate in doubt with just weeks to go before many of them start to lose their DACA protections. Published February 15, 2018

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney acknowledged that the 2019 budget plan leaves big deficits, but he said this would have been even worse without some $3 trillion in cuts over the next decade that President Trump suggested. Mr. Mulvaney said that he warned Congress last year that both parties need to reduce their spending.
testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, on President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. (Associated Press)

GOP senators challenge unbalanced budget

President Trump's new budget alone isn't enough to keep federal deficits from getting out of hand, Republican senators said Tuesday, challenging the White House to find more savings. Published February 13, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to the media, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

How Nancy Pelosi ginned up $50 million for Democrats in 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi raised $49.5 million for Democrats in 2017, as the party looks to harness Mrs. Pelosi's fundraising skills to flip enough seats and re-take control of the House after the 2018 midterms. Published February 12, 2018

The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday night, Feb. 8, 2018. The Senate passed a budget deal and spending measure to reopen the shuttered federal government early Friday morning, sending the bill to the House. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

House, Senate pass massive budget increase; vote to end gov't shutdown

The House approved a stopgap bill early Friday to keep the government open and to boost spending by about $300 billion over the next two years, acting swiftly after the Senate voted hours earlier to ensure that the government shutdown that began at midnight would be short-lived. Published February 9, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walk to the chamber after collaborating on an agreement in the Senate on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deal shows high cost of bipartisanship

This week's deal to add $320 billion to the deficit over the next 20 months and set the stage for $1.8 trillion more in deficits over the next decade has won strong reviews from those who want to see Democrats and Republicans get along better. Published February 8, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks during a portrait unveiling ceremony for former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Military leaders want Congress to approve budget deal

The Pentagon says it should be able to get more planes into the air, more ships on the seas and more equipment to troops in the field if Congress approves the major budget agreement struck by Senate leaders on Wednesday. Published February 7, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walk to the chamber after collaborating on an agreement in the Senate on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress busts budget with bipartisan spending deal

Senate leaders reached a two-year spending deal Wednesday that would boost the budget by nearly $300 billion in 2018 and 2019, with the Pentagon's budget rising $80 billion and domestic spending by $63 billion this year alone. Published February 7, 2018