Government

Freshman hazing: Stanton draws short straw in lottery for Hill offices

WASHINGTON - They won their elections, but the really important contest for members of the incoming freshman congressional class came with the traditional lottery drawing to see who gets first pick of the House offices the will be their workspaces for the two years.

As deadline looms, lawmakers push to save popular public lands fund

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers gathered to push for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which directs millions from offshore oil leases toward public lands and recreation projects amid fears that Congress is running out of time to save the program.

Trailblazing lawmaker Ed Pastor remembered as tireless advocate, ‘legend’

WASHINGTON - Ed Pastor, 75, a trailblazing Arizona lawmaker who was the first Hispanic from the state elected to Congress, died Tuesday in Phoenix, his family said. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff for Pastor, whom Ducey called "an Arizona trailblazer and public servant."

Supreme Court limits ability to designate endangered species habitat

WASHINGTON - A Supreme Court ruling makes it harder for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, a decision hailed by business and property rights groups but one that environmentalists say will weaken endangered species protections.

Border tear gas incident renews wall debate, but little change expected

WASHINGTON - Arizona Republicans backed President Donald Trump's renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border near Tijuana, but experts don't think Congress will OK funding in its remaining few weeks, or shutdown government over the issue.

Advocates urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border

WASHINGTON - Advocates urged the White House to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a "needless," politically motivated deployment, as Department of Homeland Security officials reiterated the need for troops to help "harden" ports of entry.

Advocates push back against border wall funds, citing other U.S. needs

WASHINGTON - One day after lawmakers met with the president to discuss border wall funding, advocates fanned out across Capitol Hill to tell members of Congress, current and incoming, that billions of dollars targeted for a border wall could be better used for needs inside the country.

Flake threat to scuttle judicial nominees is scuttled by delayed vote

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed votes on 15 judicial nominees - including one from Arizona - temporarily scuttling a plan by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, to force a vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act by opposing all judicial nominees until a vote on the act is allowed.