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Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings
Congress
Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it won’t be safe for the Senate to move ahead with Supreme Court hearings for Amy Coney Barrett given the virus outbreak that has sickened three Republican senators. While acknowledging that Democrats can’t block... Read More

Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support
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Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support

WASHINGTON — Six Senate Republicans, including five facing tight reelection races this fall, voted with Democrats on Thursday on a procedural vote on legislation to block the Trump administration from intervening in a lawsuit to overturn the 2010 health care... Read More

Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’
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Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON - Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has rattled the Senate cage, exercising a right every senator has -- though one rarely utilized -- in an effort to put Republicans on defense on health care in the home stretch of... Read More

Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Legislation, Hours Before Deadline
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Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Legislation, Hours Before Deadline

WASHINGTON — The Senate easily cleared a stopgap funding measure Wednesday that would avoid a partial government shutdown in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 elections. On an 84-10 vote, the Senate sent to President Donald Trump’s desk... Read More

Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett’s Capitol Hill path to the Supreme Court began on Tuesday with courtesy calls unlike any other Supreme Court nominee’s — sans handshakes, amid the homestretch of a heated presidential campaign and without the traditional veteran... Read More

What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court
What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
2020-09-27 16:39:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a dramatic first-term reshaping of the federal judiciary that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort. Barrett,... Read More

Schumer Seeks to Block Supreme Court Replacement Before Election Day
Supreme Court
Schumer Seeks to Block Supreme Court Replacement Before Election Day

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the GOP of hypocritically trashing precedent to quickly transform the top court into a right-wing bulwark against the liberal values the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for. “They are fighting to reverse Justice... Read More

Is Kamala Harris the Democrats’ Secret to Stopping Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee?
Supreme Court
Is Kamala Harris the Democrats’ Secret to Stopping Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If it seemed like the most pivotal point in Kamala Harris’ quest to help Democrats win the White House was a looming debate with Vice President Mike Pence, that may all have changed Friday evening. Now... Read More

GOP Appears to Have the Votes to Act as Trump Weighs Supreme Court Pick
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GOP Appears to Have the Votes to Act as Trump Weighs Supreme Court Pick

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday he is likely to name a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, as Senate Republicans continued to discuss whether to push for a vote before the election, despite furious... Read More

McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement
Supreme Court
McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement
2020-09-22 13:58:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is refusing to back down from what is sure to be an intense fight over who will fill the Supreme Court seat now vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.... Read More

No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package
Economy
No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the slimmed-down plan — which does not include new checks for individuals — is already a deal-breaker... Read More

McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done
Political News
McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts about whether Congress can get a deal on another pandemic relief package when lawmakers return to Washington after a monthlong recess, despite the Trump administration’s push for a quick, targeted stimulus. “I don’t... Read More

After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill
Congress
After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Senate Republicans hope to vote next week on a so-called “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package even as the gap between the White House and Democrats remains as wide as ever. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a close ally of Majority Leader Mitch... Read More

U.S. Postmaster Defends Mail Cutbacks As Driven by Financial Desperation
Postal Service
U.S. Postmaster Defends Mail Cutbacks As Driven by Financial Desperation
2020-08-21 19:01:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. postmaster tried to convince a sometimes skeptical Senate committee Friday that recent interruptions in mail service represented only an effort to cut costs amid a tight budget. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee called the... Read More

Schumer: Senate Democrats Would Ditch Filibuster if Needed to Push Biden’s Agenda Through
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Schumer: Senate Democrats Would Ditch Filibuster if Needed to Push Biden’s Agenda Through

WASHINGTON — On the day that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was to deliver his acceptance speech, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer made clear that eliminating the chamber’s legislative filibuster will be on the table if Democrats sweep into... Read More

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate
In The News
Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy
In The News
Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

South Carolina Poll Shows Harrison in Striking Distance of Graham, Tight Presidential Race
Opinion Polls
South Carolina Poll Shows Harrison in Striking Distance of Graham, Tight Presidential Race

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new poll from Morning Consult put Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison within one percentage point of incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. According to the poll, 43% of voters said they would vote for the former... Read More

Senators Look to Break Deadlock With Small-Business Proposals
Business
Senators Look to Break Deadlock With Small-Business Proposals

WASHINGTON — Sens. Marco Rubio and Susan Collins have introduced legislation to extend a popular small-business relief program past its Aug. 8 expiration date as talks between Republicans and Democrats on a larger relief package appear deadlocked. Florida’s Rubio and... Read More

Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
Technology
Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must
2020-08-04 20:24:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband cable access into underserved rural communities. The Governors' Broadband Development Fund bill was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and... Read More

Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
Education
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
2020-08-03 21:02:49
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children... Read More

Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee
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Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday canceled at the last minute the nomination hearing for Anthony J. Tata, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to be the Pentagon’s policy chief. Tata, a retired Army brigadier general and regular... Read More

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots
Military
House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

GOP Stimulus Plan Bogged Down Despite Agreement with White House
Economy
GOP Stimulus Plan Bogged Down Despite Agreement with White House

WASHINGTON — Lingering differences among Senate Republicans and the White House stalled the rollout of their proposal for another pandemic relief package, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the $1 trillion GOP plan won’t be ready until Monday. Lawmakers had... Read More

Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
U.S. Senate
Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
2020-07-22 13:28:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to crack down on them during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The proposals would set new standards for data privacy, penalize price-gougers... Read More

With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?
Economy
With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they will include a new round of coronavirus stimulus payments in the upcoming pandemic relief bill, dramatically increasingly the likelihood that more checks will go out to help Americans combat the economic effects... Read More

Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
Political News
Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
2020-07-22 12:53:24
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Nurses from National Nurses United gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning to honor the lives of fellow health care workers who have died from the coronavirus, and to urge Congress to pass legislation to protect them... Read More

McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
Congress
McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
2020-07-21 17:43:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to be in the Republican-controlled Senate's next coronavirus relief proposal. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, McConnell said the GOP... Read More

Graham Plans to Invite Mueller to Testify on Russian Probe
U.S. Senate
Graham Plans to Invite Mueller to Testify on Russian Probe

Sen. Lindsey Graham is preparing to invite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a Senate panel about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a spokesperson for the panel’s Republican majority. Graham of South... Read More

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

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