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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, a close ally of President Trump, says the president doesn't need to take money from California flood control projects to build his wall - suggesting the White House won't redirect disaster prevention funds as had been considered. "I think there's other places the president can grab money," McCarthy told The Chronicle in an interview Thursday. The Bakersfield Republican said he "put a lot of time" into ensuring that federal dollars were dedicated to flood control projects in Northern California and that they're "a good use of taxpayer money because you get return on investment."... [Read More]
As the House Homeland Security Committee meets Wednesday for the first election security hearing of 2019, Congress is still far away from a grand bargain to help protect state election systems from foreign hackers. But the goalposts may be changing with Democrats in charge of the House. The new top Republican on the committee, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, said he's ready to impose requirements on states to secure their election systems against hackers. He called for a baseline of security states must meet before receiving money from the government to upgrade outdated and vulnerable voting machines and secure... [Read More]