Trump budget bill, Arizona wildfire, European heatwave: 5 things to know Thursday

Editors Published 3:51 a.m. ET July 25, 2019 | Updated 6:09 a.m. ET July 25, 2019CLOSEHouse expected to vote on Trump’s divisive budget billThe House is expected to vote on President Donald Trump’s budget bill Thursday which infuriated some Republicans who oppose billions in new spending the deal would authorize. The two-year budget agreement, reached with congressional Democrats…

Trump budget bill, Arizona wildfire, European heatwave: 5 things to know Thursday

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Published 3:51 a.m. ET July 25, 2019 | Updated 6:09 a.m. ET July 25, 2019CLOSEHouse expected to vote on Trump’s divisive budget billThe House is expected to vote on President Donald Trump’s budget bill Thursday which infuriated some Republicans who oppose billions in new spending the deal would authorize. The two-year budget agreement, reached with congressional Democrats earlier this week, calls for raising federal spending levels and lifting the government’s debt ceiling, issues that could have triggered a nasty partisan battle and possible government shutdown this fall. Since the agreement provides only a broad spending outline, appropriators will have to decide this fall how much money to allocate to individual programs. The House Freedom Caucus, a group of more than 30 Republican lawmakers, has vowed to vote against the bill, saying its members have “grave concerns” about it. Arizona wildfire soaked by rain From the minute the Museum Fire sparked just north of Flagstaff, Arizona officials knew it was the blaze they’ve been dreading for the better part of a decade. A fire lookout spotted it about 11 a.m. on Sunday and within hours, 200 firefighters were assigned to it. More than a dozen aircraft attacked the flames as it exploded to 1,000 acres in the Dry Lake Hills recreation area Monday morning. It had grown to an estimated 1,400 acres by late Tuesday. Forecasters warned of possible flooding because of thunderstorms expected to drench
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