Sinema’s Split From Democrats Shows Party Discord in Arizona
Sinema's Split From Democrats Shows Party Discord in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Kyrsten Sinema won Democrats a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona for the first time in a generation thanks in no small part to unity in her party and division among Republicans. That Democratic unity of 2018 was... Read More

Political News
Gallego Reportedly Prepping Announcement for Senate Bid
2023-01-20 21:34:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a longtime critic of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., will reportedly announce the start of his bid to oust her on Monday. Gallego, the chair of BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic... 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

U.S. Senate
Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Switches to Independent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Friday that she now has registered as an independent, but she does not plan to caucus with Republicans, ensuring Democrats will retain their narrow voting majority in the Senate. Sinema,... Read More

U.S. Senate
Democrats Say They've Reached Agreement on Economic Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have agreed to eleventh-hour changes to their marquee economic legislation, they announced late Thursday, clearing the major impediment to pushing one of President Joe Biden’s paramount election-year priorities through the chamber in coming days. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema,... 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

In The News
Manchin Describes Inflation Act Negotiations
2022-07-28 19:07:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Thursday rejected assertions he somehow reversed course in coming to terms with Democratic leaders on a reconciliation package now called the Inflation Reduction Act. “A reversal to me is going backwards, and I've... Read More

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

What They’re Saying About the End of Title 42 Expulsions
2022-04-06 23:02:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration last week announced it will wind down the pandemic-era order known as Title 42 in late May.  Though always controversial, the decision to do away with what were, in essence, summary deportations in the name... Read More

In The News
Sinema’s Comms Director Joins ROKK Solutions
2022-02-24 22:39:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — John LaBombard, currently communications director for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is leaving Capitol Hill after 15 years to join the public affairs firm ROKK Solutions as senior vice president.  “We are excited to welcome John to the team,”... Read More

Sinema, Manchin Slammed as Senate Begins Voting Bill Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing stark criticism from civil rights leaders, senators return to Capitol Hill under intense pressure to change their rules and break a Republican filibuster that has hopelessly stalled voting legislation. The Senate is set to launch debate Tuesday... Read More

Political News
Sinema, Manchin Double Down on Opposition to Curbing Filibuster
2022-01-14 00:16:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, but she all but doomed the bill to failure by announcing she opposes a change to filibuster rules to bypass... Read More

Political News
Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill
2022-01-12 00:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down, drag-out brawl of the year. The “it,” of course, is the raging war of words over Senate Democrats' effort to... Read More

Political News
Schumer Says Vote on Quashing Filibuster Could Come by Jan. 17
2022-01-03 19:12:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if Republicans continue to block sweeping voting rights legislation currently stalled in the chamber, a vote on amending or doing away... Read More

Democrats Unveil Billionaires' Tax as Biden Plan Takes Shape

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing past skeptics, Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a new billionaires' tax proposal, an entirely new entry in the tax code designed to help pay for President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic policy package and edge his party... Read More

Political News
Progressive Resistance Delays Vote on Infrastructure Bill
2021-10-01 15:13:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- You can almost hear it all across Capitol Hill: “It’s likely to be a long, long day.” On Thursday night, finding themselves short of votes and with the continued resistance of the progressive wing of the party on... Read More

Political News
Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
2021-08-10 16:34:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal on Tuesday, handing President Joe Biden a significant win for his top legislative priority.  “This is what it looks like when elected leaders take a step toward healing our... Read More

Federal Budget
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Would Add $256 Billion to Deficit, CBO Finds
2021-08-06 14:33:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan infrastructure package set to be voted on in the U.S. Senate, perhaps as early as Saturday, would add $256 billion to the federal deficit, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday The budget office estimated that... Read More

U.S. Senate
With McCain in Mind, Sinema Reaches for Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than for her shock of purple hair or unpredictable votes, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is perhaps best known for doing the unthinkable in Washington: She spends time on the Republican side of the aisle.  Not only... Read More

White House Pulls Plug on Capito Infrastructure Talks
2021-06-09 14:11:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden walked away from negotiations over an infrastructure bill with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W. Va., and now hopes to strike a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of... Read More

Dissident Dems Say Keep the Filibuster Vote Threshold but Hold the Floor
2021-03-12 21:11:07
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Although progressive members of his party continue to push for parliamentary revisions to the Senate’s filibuster rules, it appeared Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had already made up his mind on the matter.  “Jesus Christ!” Manchin, a self-proclaimed moderate-conservative... Read More

Independent Restaurant Coalition Runs Ad to Support Congressional RESTAURANT Act
2020-08-03 20:54:50
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate another package of coronavirus relief, the Independent Restaurant Coalition is stepping up its effort to make sure they are included in the emergency funding this time around.  This week,... Read More

Federal Budget
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office
2019-07-17 19:54:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget to publish a full list of all federal programs publicly available on the... Read More

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