President Trump toured part of a cavernous Houston convention center on Saturday that has provided refuge to thousands of families displaced by flooding since Hurricane Harvey roared into the city a week ago.
Trump said he saw happiness among the people crowded into the NRG Center. Many have lost their homes, cars and possessions in the epic flooding.
“We saw a lot of happiness,” Trump told reporters traveling with him. “It’s been really nice. It’s been a wonderful thing. As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing, I think even for the country to watch it, for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful.”
The White House late Friday requested $7.85 billion for a first installment of disaster aid for damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Congress could vote on it as soon as next week.
President Trump has warned of a long recovery process, and the final costs are far from tallied. The administration's initial request of recovery funds now tops what is already a packed legislative agenda as lawmakers return to Washington after a summer break.
The request is being treated with some urgency because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to soon run out of cash for its main disaster account, which sources say has less than $2.3 billion available. Projected balances are lower, as the agency faces new costs for temporary housing and other needs.
The Republican push to oust Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau soon might get a boost from an unexpected source: Cordray himself.
Cordray’s term as the bureau’s first and only director doesn’t expire until next summer. But there is widespread speculation that he will run for the Democratic nomination for governor of his home state of Ohio.
His departure could leave the controversial watchdog agency, created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, in limbo for months and jeopardize regulations covering consumer arbitration clauses and payday lending.
The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a new blow to congressional Republicans' Obamacare repeal campaign, ruling that the GOP can use a special procedure to advance repeal legislation with 50 votes only until the end of September.
Republicans have been relying on a process known as budget reconciliation to try to roll back the 2010 healthcare law.
This process — which prevents legislation in the Senate from being filibustered — was crucial to passing a repeal bill because Republicans have only 52 votes in the Senate, short of the 60 normally required to override a filibuster.
Sen. John McCain is back, returning to Washington with a message for his colleagues in the age of President Trump.
McCain picked up Friday where he left off, before going home to Arizona to begin cancer treatment, insistent as ever that Congress must exercise its role as a check on executive power, even if that means going against the leader of his own Republican Party.
Responding to a Russian government demand to drastically slash American diplomatic staff in Russia, the Trump administration on Thursday ordered Moscow to close three of its consular offices in the United States.
Russia will be required to close its consulate in San Francisco, the chancery annex in Washington and the consular annex in New York, the State Department announced. The deadline is Saturday
A senior administration official would not say how many Russian staffers were affected but noted they will not be required to leave the country. The official also did not say whether the Russian missions employ any Americans.
The White House promised a decision Tuesday on so-called Dreamers as the nation's business, religious and congressional leaders urge President Trump to save the DACA program that shields young immigrants from deportation and provides work permits for employment.
"We love the Dreamers," Trump said during an event Friday at the White House. "Over the weekend, we’ll have a decision."
Later, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the announcement will be made Tuesday.
After a sustained assault from lawmakers, investigators and victims groups, the website Backpage.com agreed early this year to shut down its lucrative adult page, which had become a well-known sex-trafficking hub.
It wasn’t long before the company was back in the headlines.
The adult section was gone, but the sex traffic was not. In May, authorities in Stockton charged 23 people with involvement in a trafficking ring that was using another corner of Backpage to market sex with girls as young as 14. A Chicago teenager allegedly trafficked on Backpage had her throat slit in June.
The nation’s resilient labor market showed signs of slowing last month as hiring eased, the unemployment rate ticked up and wage growth remained subdued, the government said Friday.
Employers in the U.S. added a less-than-expected 156,000 net new jobs. That is down from payroll increases of 189,000 in July and 210,000 in June. These figures for the prior two months were revised down by a total of 41,000 jobs.
The nation’s unemployment rate edged back up to 4.4% from 4.3% in July. The jobless figure is calculated from a separate household survey, and by this measure, the economy did not generate enough new work opportunities in August to meet the growth in the working-age population.