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

Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
Congress
Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
2020-05-22 19:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday of "deliberately misleading" the public about House remote voting rules adopted by the chamber last week. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday,... 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

GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid
Federal Budget
GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid

The flood of pandemic-relief spending from Washington has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, one of several hurdles facing the next round of stimulus many economists say is needed to pull the U.S. out of its downward spiral. After backing... Read More

McConnell’s Coronavirus Business Liability Pledge Sparks Lobbying Frenzy
Congress
McConnell’s Coronavirus Business Liability Pledge Sparks Lobbying Frenzy

WASHINGTON — Republicans say they won’t support a new coronavirus relief bill unless it protects business owners from lawsuits related to COVID-19 exposure, sparking a lobbying frenzy from business groups hoping to get their industry or priority into the bill.... Read More

McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage
In The News
McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage

Mitch McConnell couldn’t stand the heat. The Republican Senate leader on Wednesday backed off his controversial claim that coronavirus-ravaged states should go bankrupt and said he’s “open” to bailing them out, apparently caving to blistering criticism from New York Gov.... Read More

Despite McConnell Comment, States Can’t Go Bankrupt, Only Default
Political News
Despite McConnell Comment, States Can’t Go Bankrupt, Only Default

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion last week that he’d rather let states go bankrupt than see Congress rescue their coronavirus-decimated budgets raises the question: What would a state bankruptcy look like? It would first require Congress to... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

Congress Won’t Return from Recess Before May 4
Congress
Congress Won’t Return from Recess Before May 4
2020-04-14 20:30:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers will not return to Capitol Hill for regular legislative activity before May 4, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. “As the country continues working together to flatten the curve, following the advice of health experts, the full... Read More

Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
Economy
Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
2020-04-09 17:42:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he believes the U.S. could reopen for business in May, following a near halt caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During an extended interview on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" program, Mnuchin said... Read More

White House, Senators to Negotiate $1T Economic Rescue Deal
Economy
White House, Senators to Negotiate $1T Economic Rescue Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of President Donald Trump's economic team convene Friday on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package amid the coronavirus outbreak. It's the biggest effort yet... Read More

Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No
Congress
Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No

WASHINGTON — Senators on both sides of the aisle said this week that the chamber is exploring the possibility of voting remotely on a third legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that would upend tradition and require... Read More

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