Erica Werner, Inside Scoop SF

Erica Werner

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Recent articles by Erica:

White House shifts strategy on California homelessness, opting for more cooperation

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has shifted its approach for addressing California's homelessness crisis, seeking to work more cooperatively with local leaders, according to three officials with knowledge of internal planning. This is a sharp contrast to the president's approach in the fall, which included multiple presidential broadsides aimed at California politicians. Advisers to… → Read More

Hit by devastating earthquakes, Puerto Rico still waiting on billions for hurricane relief

As Puerto Rico reels from devastating earthquakes and aftershocks, the island is still waiting on more than $18 billion from the federal government in hurricane relief for storms that happened more than two years ago. Democrats are already questioning how the Trump administration will respond to the latest catastrophe. → Read More

White House quietly threatened to veto spending legislation over ‘Dreamers’ issue

A provision in Congress' year-end spending bill would have allowed so-called 'Dreamers' to be employed by the House. But at the last minute, the White House demanded its removal, threatening a veto, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed. → Read More

Trump administration demanded Democrats strip Ukraine aid language from spending package

In final negotiations on a mammoth spending package to avert a government shutdown, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanded that Democrats remove language that would have required the White House to move quickly to release Ukraine defense money. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acceded to the demand. → Read More

House passes reworked North American trade deal in victory for Trump, Democrats

The new deal is a landmark achievement for the Trump administration and for House Democrats, who negotiated labor enforcement standards strong enough to win the support of key labor unions. Unions blamed the existing North American Free Trade Agreement for hollowing out America's manufacturing sector. → Read More

Final terms of NAFTA replacement could be finalized next week, top Mexican negotiator says

The final terms of a new trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could be completed next week, the top Mexican trade negotiator said Friday, making it possible that Congress could approve the pact by the end of December. Jesús Seade, Mexico's undersecretary for North America, spoke in Ottawa after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada's top trade negotiator,… → Read More

House panel alleges ‘pattern of abuse’ over Ukraine funds by White House Office of Management and Budget

The House Budget Committee alleges a "pattern of abuse" by the White House Office of Management and Budget in how it held up security assistance for Ukraine. The accusation comes in a report by the Democratic-led panel based on documents it sought from OMB, which it says were only partially provided. → Read More

Lawmakers reach deal on spending levels, skirting — for now — fight over Trump’s border wall demand

A showdown over border wall funding still looms, but Democrats and Republicans have made progress on clearing out other contentious issues. → Read More

Senate passes short-term spending bill, sending legislation to Trump hours ahead of shutdown deadline

The Senate has passed a short-term spending bill, sending it to President Trump hours ahead of a midnight deadline when government funding would expire. The legislation extends funding through Dec. 20, setting up a pre-Christmas showdown over border wall funding that could happen in the midst of House votes on articles of impeachment against Trump. → Read More

House passes short-term spending bill to avert Friday shutdown

Facing a Thursday midnight deadline when government funding runs out, the House passed a short-term spending bill extending funding until Dec. 20. The legislation would avert a shutdown. It must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump. → Read More

Trump claims Pelosi trying to use trade deal to get votes on impeachment

Trump made the comments as negotiations on the trade pact were reaching a head on Capitol Hill. → Read More

White House Budget official with knowledge of delay in military aid to Ukraine testifies in impeachment probe

House investigators hope Mark Sandy, a longtime career employee, will fill out their understanding of why nearly $400 million in assistance was held up. → Read More

White House budget official with knowledge of delay in military aid to Ukraine testifies

WASHINGTON - The first official from inside the White House Office of Management and Budget to break ranks and testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump appeared for his closed-door deposition Saturday morning, offering insight into the decision to delay military aid to Ukraine. House investigators have spoken to officials from the Pentagon and the State Department about… → Read More

Career White House budget official expected to break ranks, testify in impeachment inquiry

A longtime career OMB official, Mark Sandy, is expected to appear on Saturday to deliver testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Other OMB officials have refused to appear. → Read More

Pelosi says agreement on new North American trade deal ‘imminent’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says an agreement on a new North American trade deal to replace NAFTA is "imminent" and she hopes for passage by year's end → Read More

Congress prepares to avert shutdown Nov. 21 with another short-term spending bill

The House and Senate plan to pass legislation to extend government funding until Dec. 20, which is around when the House is likely to be voting on impeachment. → Read More

Top Democrat proposes adding pension fix to new NAFTA vote

WASHINGTON - A top House Democrat has approached Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about adding legislation that would rescue certain union pensions to the pending North American trade pact, a sign of intense final-stage deal-making on the trade agreement. The pension overhaul legislation could act as a powerful sweetener for organized labor and wavering Democrats who are skeptical about… → Read More

Trump administration sought billions of dollars in cuts to programs aimed at fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere

White House officials have said President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, in which he sought an investigation of Joe Biden, as part of a focus on corruption in that country. But budget documents show the White House sought large cuts in aid programs aimed at fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere. → Read More

Failed Senate vote sets up big fight over border wall, budget

Amid the chaos of impeachment and President Trump's Syria withdrawal, another crisis looms: A government shutdown a month from now unless lawmakers and Trump agree on a new spending deal. Once again Trump's border wall is the sticking point as the president pushes for billions more and Democrats say they will refuse to pay for his wall. → Read More

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey announces retirement from Congress

Lowey, the first woman to chair the spending committee, has served in Congress for three decades. → Read More