U.S. Senate

With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations
2020 Elections
With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations

A group of Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. senators has once again posted massive fundraising numbers, raising the party’s hopes of reclaiming the Senate from the GOP in the November election. The Democrats’ figures, which include donations between April... Read More

Senate GOP Aid Package Might Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households, McConnell Suggests
Economy
Senate GOP Aid Package Might Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households, McConnell Suggests

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to sketch out details of a forthcoming GOP-drafted coronavirus relief package Monday, leaving the door open to another round of direct payments to households as well as more funding for state and... Read More

Senators Urge McConnell Not To Hold Floor Vote on ‘Partisan’ Fifth Circuit Nominee
Judiciary
Senators Urge McConnell Not To Hold Floor Vote on ‘Partisan’ Fifth Circuit Nominee
2020-06-24 14:03:38
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A group of influential Democratic Senators are urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deny a confirmation vote of President Donald Trump’s nominee for a vacant United States appeals court seat. The legislators appealed to McConnell in a letter... Read More

Senate Democrats Say GOP Policing Bill Needs to Start Over From Scratch
Law Enforcement
Senate Democrats Say GOP Policing Bill Needs to Start Over From Scratch

WASHINGTON — The path to any quick passage of a Senate policing overhaul got rockier Tuesday, with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer signaling Democrats’ willingness to block the measure unless their GOP colleagues start over with bipartisan negotiations. “This... Read More

Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs
Law Enforcement
Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs

WASHINGTON — Greater disclosure of police use of force and no-knock warrants, and financial incentives for local law enforcement departments to ban chokeholds, are the centerpieces of a Senate GOP policing reform bill announced Wednesday. The Senate bill and a... Read More

Senate Chairman Vows Fight Over Confederacy Issue
In The News
Senate Chairman Vows Fight Over Confederacy Issue

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Republican James M. Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday he will try to dilute his committee’s newly adopted proposal that would require the Defense Department to rename bases and other assets named after... Read More

McConnell’s Push to Confirm Judges May Mean Another Tradition Is Dead
Judiciary
McConnell’s Push to Confirm Judges May Mean Another Tradition Is Dead

WASHINGTON — A ghost from the old Senate that haunts the chamber’s judicial confirmation fights seems to be disappearing from the floor this year — and might be fading away for good. At about this time during presidential election years,... Read More

Senate Committee Plans to Subpoena Investigators from Mueller Report
Political News
Senate Committee Plans to Subpoena Investigators from Mueller Report
2020-06-11 21:19:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee voted Thursday to reopen the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election with plans to question the investigators. The Republican-led move responds to allegations by President Trump that his top officials were targeted for... Read More

Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
In The News
Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
2020-06-10 17:47:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying to make easy money off vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. They accused con artists of selling fake vaccines and... Read More

Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate
U.S. Senate
Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.... Read More

Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Bolster Whistleblower Protections
Intelligence
Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Bolster Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee backed new protections for intelligence community whistleblowers and new reporting requirements for political campaigns as part of a broader intelligence authorization bill. The legislation, approved 14-1 by the panel on Wednesday, follows President Donald... Read More

Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
Criminal Justice
Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
2020-06-03 19:50:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The further move this week by cities to reopen as coronavirus infections subside is raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease, particularly in jails. The worries were heightened by protests this week against police brutality that drew... Read More

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