Government

City officials weigh local impact of plan to trim immigrants’ benefits

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration plan to limit public assistance for legal immigrants simply "passes the buck down to cities who are going to have to figure out how to pay" for the lost benefits, officials were told at a National League of Cities conference.

McSally says she was raped in military, ‘horrified’ by Air Force’s response

WASHINGTON - Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, revealed during a hearing on sexual assault in the miltary that she was raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force but was too "ashamed and confused" to report it, and that when she tried to report it years later she was "horrified" by tthe reponse.

Title X fund limits would have ‘huge impact,’ Planned Parenthood says

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration plan to bar federal family planning funds from facilties that provide or endorce abortions will have a "huge impact" on Planned Parenthood Arizona, but the group said it will not back down for the "gag rule" that drew legal challenges this week ffrom 22 states.

Transgender soldiers say ban will backfire, but Pentagon defends policy

WASHINGTON - Transgender soldiers told a House panel that the Trump administration's plan to reimpose a ban on transgender service would backfire, as Pentagon officials defended the move that they said will allow them to better assess military readiness.

Background-check bill passes, splitting House and Arizona delegation

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers voted along party lines as Democrats pushed one of their top priorities through the House, advancing a bill to strengthen background checks on gun transfers.But the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019 ix expected to face a ttoughher fight in the Senate.

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines in vote to block Trump emergency

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split down party lines as the House voted 245-182 to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of national emergency at the southern border, a move Trump said is needed so he can shift $6.7 billion toward construction of a border wall this year.