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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

Outside Money Pours Into Iowa Senate Primary, With More to Come
2020 Elections
Outside Money Pours Into Iowa Senate Primary, With More to Come

WASHINGTON — Millions of dollars have already been spent in Iowa ahead of Tuesday’s Senate primary, mostly from outside groups bolstering Democrat Theresa Greenfield in her bid to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. And the spending so far is... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
Congress
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief
Intelligence
Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief
2020-05-21 20:24:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence, placing him at the head of several agencies from which President Donald Trump jettisoned official after official. The last Senate-confirmed director of national intelligence,... Read More

Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
Intelligence
Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
2020-05-19 13:59:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been tapped to be the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, taking the place of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who stepped down last week amid an investigation into his stock transactions. Burr... Read More

Sen. Burr Steps Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair
U.S. Senate
Sen. Burr Steps Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair

WASHINGTON — The GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday he would temporarily step down from his committee post after the FBI seized his cellphone in its investigation into whether he sold a significant portion of his stock... Read More

Analysis: The Senate and Partisanship Return to the Capitol
U.S. Senate
Analysis: The Senate and Partisanship Return to the Capitol

WASHINGTON — It’s been two months since Speaker Nancy Pelosi rose in a closed-door meeting of Democrats to rebuke colleagues who wanted to leave the Capitol to avoid the risk of contracting the coronavirus. “We are the captains of the... Read More

Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets
Veterans
Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
U.S. Senate
Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
2020-05-08 13:43:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Top federal lawmakers argued for multi-billion dollar investments in new technology to test for coronavirus and develop vaccines against it during a Senate hearing Thursday. They also agreed with government health administrators they face an uncertain outcome for... Read More

Senate Moves a Step Closer to Restoring FEC Quorum
Elections
Senate Moves a Step Closer to Restoring FEC Quorum

WASHINGTON — The Senate Rules and Administration panel voted Thursday 9-to-1 along party lines to advance the nomination of Texas GOP lawyer James “Trey” Trainor III to join the Federal Election Commission. That vote tally was of the senators voting... Read More

Senate Partisanship Boils Over as Stimulus Talks Stall
Political News
Senate Partisanship Boils Over as Stimulus Talks Stall

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats grew visibly angry and emotional on the Senate floor Monday as negotiations over a financial rescue package appeared to stall, even as Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he and Treasury Secretary... Read More

Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
Political News
Georgia Senate Race With Trump Allies Facing Off Encouraging to Democrats
2020-02-28 16:51:51
by Dan McCue

It's the race President Donald Trump hoped would never happen. When Sen. John Isakson announced last summer that he would be vacating his seat at the end of the year due to health reasons, the president was sure he had... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Pack Up Desks as Impeachment Trial Nears Its End
In The News
View From the Gallery: Senators Pack Up Desks as Impeachment Trial Nears Its End

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer tightly hugged Rep. Adam B. Schiff just after the closing argument in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then spoke directly into the House lead manager’s ear for about 10 seconds. Before the... Read More

What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?
In The News
What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?

WASHINGTON — With increasing prospects of a 50-50 tie on the Friday vote to subpoena witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Democrats are considering how they might be able to nudge Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in... Read More

Impeachment Cellphone Ban Gives Senate Pages a Workout
In The News
Impeachment Cellphone Ban Gives Senate Pages a Workout

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial may be requiring senators to stay seated hour after agonizing hour, but there’s one group getting more exercise than they’ve seen in years: Senate pages. The blue-jacket-clad teens have been running all over... Read More

Senate Democrats Push House Gun Provisions in Violence Against Women Act
Guns
Senate Democrats Push House Gun Provisions in Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced the same Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill passed by the House, days after they say talks with Republicans about a compromise broke down over controversial gun provisions. The entire Democratic caucus has... Read More

Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work
Federal Budget
Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s appropriations process fell into disarray Tuesday after a scheduled markup was abruptly postponed in a dispute over policy riders, and a fight over the border wall threatened to hold up defense spending. Democrats were also resisting... Read More

Congress Returns to Gun Control Fight and a Government Shutdown Deadline
Congress
Congress Returns to Gun Control Fight and a Government Shutdown Deadline

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week amid mounting pressure from Democrats and the public to enact new gun restrictions, but lawmakers from both parties say meaningful action hangs solely on President Donald Trump. Since lawmakers were last in... Read More

Schumer Picks Senate Primary Favorites, Angering Progressives
2020 Elections
Schumer Picks Senate Primary Favorites, Angering Progressives

WASHINGTON — Chuck Schumer’s effort to unite Democrats behind well-funded, centrist Senate candidates has sparked a backlash from progressives who warn that the Democratic leader risks turning off voters they’ll need to take back the chamber. Consolidating the party apparatus... Read More

Hoyer Says Continuing Resolution Will Be Necessary to Avoid Another Shutdown
Federal Budget
Hoyer Says Continuing Resolution Will Be Necessary to Avoid Another Shutdown
2019-09-06 21:00:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Thursday that a continuing resolution will be necessary to keep the government funded past Oct. 1 and prevent the second shutdown in less than a year. In a letter to House... Read More

McConnell: No Votes on Gun Measures Trump Won’t Sign
Political News
McConnell: No Votes on Gun Measures Trump Won’t Sign

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he expected to know next week whether President Donald Trump would be supporting new gun-related legislation in the aftermath of recent mass shootings. The Kentucky Republican was asked in an interview... Read More

Democrat Sara Gideon Is Challenging Maine’s Susan Collins
2020 Elections
Democrat Sara Gideon Is Challenging Maine’s Susan Collins

WASHINGTON — Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon is running against Sen. Susan Collins, one of Senate Republicans’ most vulnerable incumbents in 2020. The Democrat, who had long been expected to run but was waiting until the end of the... Read More

Unique Gathering at United Nations Asks, 'Are You A Responsible Leader?'
In The News
Unique Gathering at United Nations Asks, 'Are You A Responsible Leader?'
2019-05-10 20:48:51
by Dan McCue

Bawa Jain sounded as if he had still not quite come back down to Earth. A week removed from co-hosting the inaugural Responsible Leaders Summit at the United Nations in New York, the indefatigable secretary general of the World Council... Read More

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