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Senate GOP Blocks Democrats’ Election Reform Bill, Filibuster Support Softens
Political News
Senate GOP Blocks Democrats’ Election Reform Bill, Filibuster Support Softens
2021-10-20 23:29:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Despite changes reflecting the spirit of compromise, Senate Democrats were unable on Wednesday to convince a single Republican to vote with them in support of guaranteeing Americans the right to easy access to the polls.  As a result,... Read More

Accord Reached on Raising the Nation’s Debt Limit
Political News
Accord Reached on Raising the Nation’s Debt Limit
2021-10-07 15:03:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats have taken Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., up on an offer that will temporarily end a political standoff over raising the nation’s debt ceiling by allowing an emergency extension into early December. “We have reached... Read More

McConnell Makes New Offer On Debt Ceiling
U.S. Senate
McConnell Makes New Offer On Debt Ceiling
2021-10-06 19:37:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. made a new offer to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on resolving the current Senate impasse over raising the nation’s debt limit. The immediate effect of the offer was for Senate... Read More

Senate Democrats Introduce Pared Down Voting Rights Bill, Vote Likely Next Week
Political News
Senate Democrats Introduce Pared Down Voting Rights Bill, Vote Likely Next Week
2021-09-14 19:50:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats introduced a pared down version of the House voting rights bill Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer indicated he likely will bring it to a vote in the chamber as early next week. After introducing... Read More

Dems Renew Push on Elections Bill That GOP Vows to Block
Political News
Dems Renew Push on Elections Bill That GOP Vows to Block

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their push to enact their marquee voting bill, pledging to make it the first order of business when the Senate returns in the fall even though they don't have a clear strategy for overcoming... Read More

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Would Add $256 Billion to Deficit, CBO Finds
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

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
Political News
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
2021-07-29 14:32:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday evening voted to advance bipartisan infrastructure legislation, despite the lack of actual bill text to consider and a looming battle in the House over the measure. By a 67-32 vote, the Senate moved... Read More

Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster
Political News
Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal  senators brokered with President Joe Biden is hanging precariously ahead of a crucial Wednesday test vote as they struggle over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending. Tensions were... Read More

McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike
Health
McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans Tuesday to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from... Read More

Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
Political News
Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
2021-06-22 23:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to advance the bill and start debate. Thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion, it was nevertheless a blow to Democrats'... Read More

GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown
U.S. Senate
GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' expansive elections and voting bill  is all but certain to be rejected in a key test vote in the Senate, providing a dramatic example of Republicans' use of the filibuster  to block legislation and forcing... Read More

Tax Increases Seen As Counterproductive to Growth, Job Creation
Taxes
Tax Increases Seen As Counterproductive to Growth, Job Creation
2021-06-21 20:49:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Of all the uncertainties growing from the prolonged negotiations over President Joe Biden’s American Families plan, the most potentially vexing for the American businesses and the economy are several proposed changes to the U.S. tax code. Though much... Read More

National Guard Mission Ends on Capitol Hill
Congress
National Guard Mission Ends on Capitol Hill
2021-05-24 20:56:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Five months after being deployed to the U.S. Capitol to help fend off rioters during the Jan. 6 siege by violent supporters of former President Donald Trump, National Guard troops have packed up and are heading home. The guard's... Read More

House Looks to OK Jan. 6 Riot Commission, Senate GOP Dubious
Congress
House Looks to OK Jan. 6 Riot Commission, Senate GOP Dubious

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is poised to vote on a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a first step toward creating an independent, bipartisan panel that would investigate the siege and try to... Read More

Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
Congress
Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
2021-05-12 20:33:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that would set national standards for elections. It made little headway in reaching agreement in a sharply divided Senate Rules and... Read More

GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill
Congress
GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are preparing to launch an all-out assault on sweeping voting rights legislation, forcing Democrats to take dozens of politically difficult votes during a committee hearing that will spotlight the increasingly charged national debate over access to... Read More

US Forces to Leave Afghanistan By Sept. 11
Military
US Forces to Leave Afghanistan By Sept. 11
2021-04-13 19:38:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces will leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Biden administration officials revealed Tuesday. President Joe Biden is expected to formally announce the plan,... Read More

Biden's Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade
Infrastructure
Biden's Big Infrastructure Plan Hits McConnell, GOP Blockade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are making the politically brazen bet that it's more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden's ambitious rebuild America agenda  than to lend support for the costly $2.3 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other... Read More

Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to Sell Infrastructure as GOP Resists
White House
Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to Sell Infrastructure as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member "jobs Cabinet" to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader... Read More

Fractured GOP Faces Serious Reckoning Ahead of 2022
In The News
Fractured GOP Faces Serious Reckoning Ahead of 2022
2021-03-13 20:08:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – “It’s not supposed to be that way …” the chorus of an old Willie Nelson song begins. It is a melody a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill may be finding all too familiar. Five months removed from... Read More

Kentucky Vacancy Powers Bill Raising Eyebrows
In The States
Kentucky Vacancy Powers Bill Raising Eyebrows
2021-03-09 21:06:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell working behind the scenes with allies in the Kentucky legislature to assure he’s replaced by a Republican should he decide to retire?  That’s been the speculation since the filling of Senate Bill... Read More

Voting Rights Overhaul Championed by Democrats
Elections
Voting Rights Overhaul Championed by Democrats
2021-03-02 14:27:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress want to overhaul the nation’s voting laws with the “For the People Act” (H.R. 1). Their majority in the House makes approval of the bill likely as soon as this week. H.R. 1 would reduce... Read More

GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package
Congress
GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats' proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate's parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.  Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities,... Read More

Trump-McConnell Feud Threatens Republicans' Path to Power
Congress
Trump-McConnell Feud Threatens Republicans' Path to Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is escalating a political war within his own party that could undermine the Republican push to fight President Joe Biden's agenda and ultimately return the party to power.A day after blistering Mitch McConnell,... Read More

Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Framework of Impeachment Trial
Impeachment
Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Framework of Impeachment Trial
2021-02-09 15:49:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Leaders Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Monday they have reached a deal on the framework for former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which will start today. “For the information of the Senate, the Republican... Read More

GOP's McConnell Blasts 'Loony Lies' by Georgia Rep. Greene
Congress
GOP's McConnell Blasts 'Loony Lies' by Georgia Rep. Greene

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell denounced newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday, calling the far-right Georgia Republican’s embrace of conspiracy theories and “loony lies” a “cancer for the Republican Party.” “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps... Read More

Senate Vote Appears to Signal Second Acquittal Coming for Trump
Impeachment
Senate Vote Appears to Signal Second Acquittal Coming for Trump
2021-01-26 21:43:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan effort in the Senate Tuesday narrowly killed a Republican push to dismiss the impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump as unconstitutional. The staunch opposition of all but a handful of Republicans in the 55-45 vote,... Read More

Filibuster Stays, Paving Way for Power-Sharing Agreement
U.S. Senate
Filibuster Stays, Paving Way for Power-Sharing Agreement
2021-01-26 14:50:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell dropped his demand that Democrats maintain the Senate filibuster — ending an early stalemate in the Senate that prevented party leaders from negotiating a power-sharing agreement. McConnell announced Monday night that he was... Read More

Trump Impeachment to go to Senate Monday, Triggering Trial
In The News
Trump Impeachment to go to Senate Monday, Triggering Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she will send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, triggering the start of the former president's trial on a charge of “incitement of insurrection”... Read More

McConnell Seeks to Push Trump Impeachment Trial to February
Impeachment
McConnell Seeks to Push Trump Impeachment Trial to February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump's impeachment trial to February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case. House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last... Read More

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