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Senate Passes Debt Limit Bill, Biden to Sign It Today
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Senate Passes Debt Limit Bill, Biden to Sign It Today
2023-06-02 13:56:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Suddenly it seems there’s nothing left to talk about but the weather. After weeks of talks and amid mounting concerns that the nation might actually default on its debts for the first time in history, the Senate on... Read More

Political News
What’s Happening Monday on Capitol Hill?
2023-05-01 14:07:23
by TWN Staff

This is a district work week for the House, but House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will be making news today as he delivers an address to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel. McCarthy, who is leading a bipartisan delegation of his... Read More

Congress
House Passes GOP’s ‘Priority’ Energy Bill
2023-03-30 21:15:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed the energy bill the new Republican leadership said was its top priority, but in the wake of the vote, the Senate’s top Democrat said the legislation is dead on arrival in his chamber.... Read More

U.S. Senate
Feinstein to Retire at the End of Her Term
2023-02-14 23:01:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced on Tuesday that she will not seek a sixth term and will retire from the Senate at the end of 2024. Speculation about Feinstein’s future, of course, had been running rampant for months. ... Read More

Congress
War of Words Heats Up Over GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax
2023-01-25 21:52:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday blasted away at a GOP proposal to do away with all income and payroll taxes and replace the lost federal revenue with a massive hike in the sales tax.... Read More

Opinion Polls
Most Americans Have Low Expectations for New Congress, Pollster Finds
2022-12-14 18:33:21
by Dan McCue

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – A majority of Americans expect little change when Republicans take control of Congress in January, and four out of five said their expectations that Congress will effectively conduct the people’s business remains low. Those opinions... Read More

White House
Biden Signs Bill Protecting Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage Rights
2022-12-14 14:00:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law on Tuesday afternoon, presiding over a joyful celebration that saw more than 2000 people gather on a chilly South Lawn of the White House. “Marriage is a... Read More

U.S. Senate
Sinema Declaration of Independence Seen as Act of Self-Preservation
2022-12-09 19:24:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — “Kyrsten is independent; that’s how she’s always been,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Friday morning as D.C. continued to chew over the news that Sen. Krysten Sinema had decided to quit the Democratic Party. But in... Read More

Civil Rights
Senate Votes to Advance Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
2022-11-16 22:55:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bill that would protect same-sex and interracial marriages cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday after 12 Republicans joined every Democrat in the chamber in voting to proceed with consideration of enshrining those unions under... Read More

Energy
Senate Could Consider Bill to Rein In OPEC+ After Midterms
2022-10-25 19:48:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee last week advanced a bill intended to rein in the power of OPEC+ after the oil producer group led by Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to dramatically cut their output.  That means if Senate... Read More

Political News
McConnell Throws His Support Behind Electoral Count Reform Act
2022-09-27 22:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Tuesday that he supports the Electoral Count Reform Act, which aims to protect future elections from attempts at disruption like those that transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Punts Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bill
2022-09-15 20:30:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Married same-sex couples who fear the U.S. Supreme Court could void their right to be married the same way it voided a woman’s right to have an abortion will have to wait a little longer for peace of... Read More

Political News
Momentum Building Among Democrats Against Manchin Permitting Reform Bill
2022-09-09 21:05:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — From Capitol Hill to the National Harbor in Maryland, momentum appeared to be building Friday against permitting reform legislation supported by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., being included in a bill funding the government. A vote on the bill,... Read More

Congress
The Sprint Is On: So Much to Do, So Little Time
2022-09-06 17:05:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With Labor Day weekend now in the rearview mirror, Congress began to reconvene on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with much to do and little time to do it before the midterm elections are in full swing. The Senate... Read More

2022 Elections
Schumer Backs Nadler in Take Two of New York Primary
2022-08-17 15:56:05
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — When New Yorkers head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 23, it will be the second time in two months that they’ll be asked to vote in a crucial primary election. Once again, a drawn-out redistricting process... Read More

White House
Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act in Modest White House Ceremony
2022-08-16 21:05:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Looking fresh and relaxed from a week vacationing in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, President Joe Biden returned to the White House this afternoon to sign the so-called Inflation Reduction Act and deliver on what he’s called the “final... Read More

Political News
Manchin, Sinema Talk Reconciliation Bill, Path Forward Still Unknown
2022-08-02 21:35:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., finally got a chance to talk to Sen. Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz., Tuesday about the slimmed down reconciliation bill he negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., last week, but the way forward is... Read More

Political News
In a Stunner, Manchin, Schumer, Strike Deal on Climate, Tax Package
2022-07-27 23:40:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In a stunning and wholly unexpected turn of events, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Wednesday that he’d struck a deal with Democratic leaders in the Senate and would now support climate and tax measures he’d previously rejected. It... Read More

U.S. Senate
Sen. Manchin Dashes Administration’s Hope of Addressing Climate Change
2022-07-15 16:02:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In something of a stunner, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told Democratic party leaders on Thursday that he could not support funding for climate or energy programs in a proposed “slimmed down” reconciliation bill that had been the subject... Read More

U.S. Senate
Schumer Tests Positive for COVID-19
2022-07-11 13:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — As Congress returns from its Fourth of July break, one familiar face won’t be making an appearance on Capitol Hill. That’s because Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Sunday,... Read More

Guns
Thousands Converge on Washington Mall to Demand New Gun Laws
2022-06-12 16:24:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Thousands rallied under a mostly overcast sky on the National Mall on Saturday to demand Congress pass new gun control measures after a recent rash of deadly mass shootings. The peaceful protest in Washington was just one of... Read More

U.S. Senate
Schumer Says Fast Action on Gun Control Unlikely
2022-05-25 16:51:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is telling colleagues that there won’t be a rush to bring new gun-control legislation to the floor in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, in recent... Read More

U.S. Senate
Democrats’ Effort to Secure Abortion Rights Falls to Filibuster
2022-05-11 23:41:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The fact that defeat was in the bag didn’t reduce the sting for Senate Democrats who failed to pass legislation Wednesday that would have enshrined abortion rights into federal law and circumvented the Supreme Court’s anticipated overturning of... Read More

Political News
Senate to Vote Next Week on Abortion Rights Bill
2022-05-05 17:46:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on legislation to codify a woman’s right to seek an abortion into federal law in order to circumvent a possible Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,... Read More

Congress
Congress Seeks Compromise to Boost Computer Chip Industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — A global computer chip shortage has made it harder for consumers to get their hands on cars, computers and other modern-day necessities, so Congress is looking to boost chip manufacturing and research in the United States with billions of... Read More

Federal Budget
Fiscal Watchdog Says Recess Will Give Senate Time to Fix Flaw in Relief Funding
2022-04-08 18:02:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill introduced this week in the Senate had a fatal flaw beyond a lack of support from Republicans, its “pay-as-you-go” billing was completely illusory, a prominent fiscal watchdog said Friday. The Concord Coalition is... Read More

Political News
Senate Republicans Block Debate on COVID-19 Relief
2022-04-06 15:11:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to begin debate on a $10 billion COVID-19 compromise, hoping to force inclusion of an amendment that would prevent President Joe Biden from lifting Trump-era restrictions on migrants entering the U.S.... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on COVID Relief Package
2022-04-05 13:39:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate negotiators reached an agreement late Monday afternoon on a slimmed-down $10 billion COVID relief package that preserves vaccine and treatment regimes here, but eliminates virtually all funding for similar programs abroad. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Congress
Top Lawmakers Reach Deal on Ukraine Aid, $1.5T Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and European allies plus billions more to battle the pandemic as part of an overdue $1.5 trillion measure financing federal agencies for the... Read More

U.S. Senate
Schumer Calls for Bipartisan Support for Cannabis Reform Bill
2022-02-10 18:07:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on members on both sides of the aisle to join an effort to draft and finalize a comprehensive cannabis reform bill. Schumer joined with Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Ron... Read More

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