Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
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Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
2020-12-01 18:23:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators were joined by members of the House Problem Solvers conference Tuesday to endorse a $908 billion COVID economic relief bill they say should carry the nation into the early spring. The proposal, described by... Read More

McConnell Blasts Trump on Troop Withdrawals
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McConnell Blasts Trump on Troop Withdrawals

WASHINGTON — Amid indications President Donald Trump will move to slash the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked the idea in a blistering Senate floor speech Monday. McConnell has been almost unfailingly loyal to Trump, but the Kentucky Republican has openly pushed back... Read More

McConnell, Schumer to Remain Senate Leaders
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McConnell, Schumer to Remain Senate Leaders

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York were reelected Tuesday to lead their parties in the Senate during the next Congress. The leadership elections, which occurred behind closed doors Tuesday morning, were held even though it's still unclear which party will hold... Read More

McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
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McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
2020-11-10 13:37:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaking out on the presidential election for the first time since the race was called in Democrat Joe Biden's favor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said President Donald Trump is "100% within his rights" to challenge the... Read More

Democrats' Hopes for Capturing a Senate Majority Fade
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Democrats' Hopes for Capturing a Senate Majority Fade

WASHINGTON — Democrats' hopes of sweeping to a Senate majority faded as marquee contests stretched into overtime early Wednesday and some of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents remained in contention while the vote counts dragged on. Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine, whose defeats had been considered... Read More

PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes
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PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes

WASHINGTON - Amid ongoing COVID-19 economic aid negotiations and the approaching election, the Senate shot down on Tuesday a standalone measure authorizing a second round of forgivable loans to small businesses. Republicans were unified in their attempt to push forward the bill while nearly... Read More

McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal
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McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told fellow Republicans that he has warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as... Read More

One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says
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One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to decide by Tuesday evening whether a bipartisan deal on COVID-19 relief can pass before the Nov. 3 elections, her spokesman said Monday. The announcement, made in a tweet, came after a nearly hourlong phone call between the Democratic... Read More

Trump Wants Bigger Coronavirus Relief Package; GOP Support Tepid
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Trump Wants Bigger Coronavirus Relief Package; GOP Support Tepid

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continues to move away from his own political party on COVID-19 aid, saying Thursday that he's authorized his top negotiator to offer Democrats more than $1.8 trillion. "Absolutely I would. I would pay more," Trump said in an interview with Fox... Read More

Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
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Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says
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Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on a roughly $500 billion COVID-19 relief package that mirrors an earlier Republican proposal, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. The decision to push another “skinny” relief bill marked a new attempt... Read More

Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
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Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
2020-10-06 21:22:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Anger on Capitol Hill boiled over Tuesday after President Donald Trump called an abrupt end to negotiations with House Democrats over additional coronavirus relief, delaying action until after the election. Trump announced he was walking away from the... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
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The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

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

Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol
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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
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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
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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

What GOP Senators Said About Election-Year Supreme Court Picks in 2016 and Now
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What GOP Senators Said About Election-Year Supreme Court Picks in 2016 and Now

Within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Donald Trump’s nominee would get a vote. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer put out a statement as well. “The American people... Read More

Trump Zeroes in on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick
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Trump Zeroes in on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is moving toward nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the matter, despite the president saying Monday he’s considering as many as... 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
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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

Road Ahead for Congress: Stopgap Decision, Judicial Nominations
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Road Ahead for Congress: Stopgap Decision, Judicial Nominations

WASHINGTON — The House returns to Washington this week, joining the Senate for a September legislative sprint in which the only law enacted before the election might be a stopgap bill to fund the government. Floor action on that is... Read More

Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal
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Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal

WASHINGTON — The congressional stalemate over a new coronavirus relief package grew further entrenched Thursday as Senate Democrats blocked a slimmed-down Republican proposal that they deemed “emaciated” because it did not include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans,... Read More

McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
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McConnell Proposes 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package, but Dems Say It's Not Enough
2020-09-08 21:24:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it's unlikely to appeal to Democrats who have already passed a much more sweeping package in the House. The... Read More

McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done
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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
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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

Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter
Economy
Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter

WASHINGTON — Prospects for a quick deal to extend supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus for an economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic have taken a sharp turn for the worse, leaving millions of Americans in the lurch a... Read More

McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck
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McConnell to Support White House-Democrats Deal, If One Can be Struck

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’d support whatever agreement the Trump administration and congressional Democrats reach on a coronavirus relief package, even if he has “some problems with certain parts of it.” The Kentucky Republican, who... Read More

'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill
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'A Line in The Sand': Both Sides Dig in on Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple... Read More

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