U.S. Senate

Republicans Roll Out $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan to Start Talks with Democrats
Political News
Republicans Roll Out $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan to Start Talks with Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans presented their $1 trillion plan to bolster the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy in a series of bills that would trim extra unemployment benefits, send $1,200 payments to most Americans, and shield businesses, schools and other organizations from... Read More

Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus
Aging
Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus
2020-05-22 13:09:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from the ravages of coronavirus. The Senate Special Committee on Aging listened to medical experts’ opinions on measures needed to help... Read More

Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul
Privacy
Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily passed an amended bill to revive and increase oversight of surveillance powers. Senators voted, 80-16, to pass the measure before finishing up work on Capitol Hill for the week. Under a previous agreement,... Read More

Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger
Political News
Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger
2020-04-21 20:35:56
by Gaspard Le Dem

In 2014, Susan Collins was looking at an easy victory in Maine. The veteran Senator was well-funded, well-liked, and faced little competition in her bid for re-election. Her main challenger, Shenna Bellows, was a young progressive with no name recognition... Read More

Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
Intelligence
Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
2020-03-17 14:08:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate reached a short-term deal Monday night on reinstating national security authorities that expired over the weekend, giving the chamber a chance to pivot to debate coronavirus relief legislation. Senators unanimously agreed to a 77-day extension of... Read More

With 2 Senate Seats in Play, All Bets Are on in Georgia for Political Groups
2020 Elections
With 2 Senate Seats in Play, All Bets Are on in Georgia for Political Groups

WASHINGTON — For only the third time in history, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats are up for election in the same year, drawing unusually strong attention from national Democratic groups who see an opportunity this November in a state... Read More

Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
Political News
Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
2020-02-25 22:52:28
by Dan McCue

It is the kind of assertion that brings a reporter up short, temporarily. To hear it twice, in two completely separate conversations, was astounding. It was the idea that as result of changing demographics and highly successful voter registration drives... Read More

Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran
Foreign Affairs
Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward approval in the Senate. The resolution, authored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, asserts that Trump must win approval... Read More

Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
Think Tanks
Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
2020-02-12 21:19:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The start of primary season tends to focus the mind on the race for the White House, but if Democrats want to retake control of the U.S. Senate as well, they need to be looking at a decisive... Read More

Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses
Impeachment
Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses

WASHINGTON — With the announcement from a key Republican that he won’t back a call for witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Republicans are likely to wrap up the trial quickly, perhaps as soon as Friday evening. Democrats’ hopes... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Sit, Spin and Fidget During Trump Trial
Political News
View From the Gallery: Senators Sit, Spin and Fidget During Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy charted a course along the back corner of the Senate chamber Thursday during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The Louisiana Republican walked through an area usually reserved for staff seating, hands in pockets, retracing a... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Struggle to Sit in Silence at Trump Trial
Impeachment
View From the Gallery: Senators Struggle to Sit in Silence at Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham looked restless during the first hour of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, when none of the senators had access to their cellphones and the president’s lawyers and the House managers traded procedural arguments. It was... Read More

Senate Approves Impeachment Trial Rules, Rejecting Witnesses
Impeachment
Senate Approves Impeachment Trial Rules, Rejecting Witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.... Read More

Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial
In The News
Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a stare-down over the terms of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, which carries political risks for both sides if it continues deeper into January. The... Read More

Pompeo Says He Doesn’t Want to Run for Senate, But Updates Old Campaign Site
Political News
Pompeo Says He Doesn’t Want to Run for Senate, But Updates Old Campaign Site

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s old congressional campaign website now redirects visitors to his newly created personal Twitter account. The change to MikePompeo.com, which took place on Dec. 27, comes as Pompeo publicly downplays his interest in a... Read More

House Democrats Pass High-Water Mark in Fights Against Trump
In The News
House Democrats Pass High-Water Mark in Fights Against Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats scored a series of damaging revelations about Donald Trump when they launched their impeachment investigation, but now they’ll begin a crucial election year with the challenge that the most dramatic moments are likely behind them. Even by... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial: Squaring Off in the Senate
Political News
Trump Impeachment Trial: Squaring Off in the Senate

WASHINGTON — A senior White House official and leading Senate Republicans predicted Sunday that congressional Democrats would fail in their bid to force the Senate to summon witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial. Democrats countered by asking why, if Trump... Read More

Senate Grapples with Spiraling Opioid Epidemic
Opioids
Senate Grapples with Spiraling Opioid Epidemic
2019-12-20 19:42:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate committee sought answers again Tuesday on how to stop a nationwide crisis of opioid addictions while acknowledging their previous efforts have largely failed. A record 61,300 people died from drug overdoses in 2017 in the... Read More

Democrats Set Up Senate Trial Strategy Ahead of Impeachment Vote
Political News
Democrats Set Up Senate Trial Strategy Ahead of Impeachment Vote

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are nearing one of the most important decisions in their effort to impeach Donald Trump: Who will bear the historic duty of prosecuting the president in next year’s Senate trial. With the House planning to vote... Read More

Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system
Affordable Housing
Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system

Young people facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system soon could have easier access to federal housing vouchers. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is joining with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to propose legislation... Read More

Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat
Political News
Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he’s picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she’ll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support... Read More

Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
U.S. Senate
Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
2019-11-15 20:38:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration official told a U.S. Senate committee this week that new regulations to control vaping are likely coming soon, but couldn’t say when. His testimony drew rebukes and words of frustration from members of... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Prevent Interference in 2020 Election
2020 Elections
Bipartisan Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Prevent Interference in 2020 Election
2019-10-08 22:29:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday urged both Congress and the Trump administration to take sweeping action to ensure social media sites aren't used as platforms for interference in the 2020 presidential election. The Senate Intelligence Committee... Read More

Senate Bill Seeks to End Confusion Over Liability for Hemp Shipments
Agriculture
Senate Bill Seeks to End Confusion Over Liability for Hemp Shipments
2019-10-04 17:45:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A provision in the Justice Department’s annual funding bill is likely to alter the criminal liability risks for sellers and handlers of cannabis products. Ten states have authorized limited sales of the psychoactive drug for recreation, despite the... Read More

Appropriators Seek Clarity On Aircraft Inspector Qualifications
Aviation
Appropriators Seek Clarity On Aircraft Inspector Qualifications

WASHINGTON — Top Senate appropriators pressed the Federal Aviation Administration chief to respond after a federal investigator found that safety inspectors lacked sufficient training to certify Boeing 737 Max pilots. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jack Reed, D-R.I., the chairwoman and... Read More

Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
Elections
Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
2019-09-27 21:05:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply rebuked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday for allowing 200 days to elapse without any action on H.R. 1, the sweeping reform package the House of Representatives passed last winter. "We sent this legislation... Read More

Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
Congress
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

Facing Pressure, McConnell Backs Money for Election Security
Elections
Facing Pressure, McConnell Backs Money for Election Security

WASHINGTON — Under fire from the left and the right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he’ll back a measure to give states another $250 million to upgrade their voting systems to fend off foreign intervention. McConnell, a Kentucky... Read More

Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence
U.S. Senate
Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen Senate Democrats plan to make it a late night on Tuesday, speaking out on the Senate floor about the impact of gun violence and legislative proposals Congress could explore. The speeches are expected to begin... Read More

Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal
Trade
Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal
2019-09-06 21:13:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As Congress adjourned for its August recess, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, known as the USMCA, seemed to be the last thing on anyone's mind. At the time, an impending fiscal crisis had just been averted, and lawmakers, media... Read More

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