Government

Senate GOP steamrolls Democrats, gets immigration bill out of committee

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a GOP-backed bill that would force migrants to apply for asylum at facilities outside the U.S., raise the limit on how long immigrant children can be held in detention and add 500 new immigration judges, among other changes.

Lawmakers spar over family separations, detention center conditions

WASHINGTON - A House panel grilled administration officials over migrant family separations and conditions at border detention facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers - although both sides agreed that the situation at the border has reached crisis levels.

VA touts ‘transformation,’ five years after Phoenix hospital scandal

WASHINGTON - Five years after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix made national headlines for falsifying records about patient wait times, agency officials told House lawmakers that the system has seen a "tremendous transformation," with wait-times on par with or better than private practice.

Advocates decry Trump administration plan to rein in food stamp access

WASHINGTON - Arizona is one of the 43 states that could be affected by a USDA proposal to tighten restrictions on access to food stamps for those receiving other financial assistance, saving billions of dollars while affecting as many as 3.1 million people nationwide.