Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist
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Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden's premise that this is... Read More

Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns
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Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is "long past time" to do so.... Read More

House to Vote on Virus Bill; Arbiter Says Wage Hike a No-Go
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House to Vote on Virus Bill; Arbiter Says Wage Hike a No-Go

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are ready to shove a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Friday, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe... Read More

GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package
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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 Impeachment Goes to Senate, Testing His Sway Over GOP
Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Goes to Senate, Testing His Sway Over GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly... Read More

Senate Confirms Biden 1st Cabinet Pick as Democrats Control
U.S. Senate
Senate Confirms Biden 1st Cabinet Pick as Democrats Control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial to Focus on His Attacks on Election
Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Trial to Focus on His Attacks on Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment could go to trial as soon as Inauguration Day, with U.S. senators serving not only as jurors but as shaken personal witnesses and victims of the deadly siege of the Capitol by a... Read More

Congress Set to Confirm Biden's Electoral Win Over Trump
Congress
Congress Set to Confirm Biden's Electoral Win Over Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the presidential election is going before Congress as lawmakers convene for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden. The typically routine proceeding Wednesday will be anything... Read More

In a First, Congress Overrides Trump Veto of Defense Bill
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In a First, Congress Overrides Trump Veto of Defense Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago, ensuring that the measure becomes law despite Trump's rejection. In an extraordinary... Read More

Complaint Targets Group Challenging Georgia Voters
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Complaint Targets Group Challenging Georgia Voters

ATLANTA - An election watchdog that has challenged the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters has itself coming under scrutiny. Texas-based True the Vote is working with the Georgia Republican Party to challenge more than 364,000 Georgians who... Read More

Close But Not Yet: Deal Near on COVID-19 Economic Aid Bill
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Close But Not Yet: Deal Near on COVID-19 Economic Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators are closing in on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would deliver additional help to businesses, $300-per-week jobless checks and $600 stimulus payments to most Americans. But there was no deal quite yet.... Read More

Senate Bill Would Allow Payment for College Student Athletes
Sports
Senate Bill Would Allow Payment for College Student Athletes
2020-12-15 16:17:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Student athletes would get a big opportunity to earn income from their sports under a bill introduced in the Senate last week. The proposed legislation would allow them to strike up contracts with advertisers to use their names... Read More

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
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Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
2020-12-11 21:15:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on to the White House where president Trump threatened to veto it. Ignoring those threats, the Senate voted 84-12 in favor... Read More

Senate Democrats’ Rules Changes Restrict Top Leaders’ Committee Roles
U.S. Senate
Senate Democrats’ Rules Changes Restrict Top Leaders’ Committee Roles

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Wednesday made some of the most significant rules changes for their caucus in years, one of which will restrict their leaders from standing atop too many top committee slots. For example, Sen. Richard J. Durbin... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
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Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
2020-12-09 19:28:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate circulated details of the $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, though significant hurdles to its passage remain. Among them is the fate of proposed aid to state and... Read More

Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight
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Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first round of selections for his health team clarified how the incoming administration will approach the COVID-19 pandemic and other health care issues, which were major themes of his campaign. Biden introduced the team to the public at... Read More

Senators Split Over End to Fed Emergency Lending Programs
Economy
Senators Split Over End to Fed Emergency Lending Programs

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans split on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's decision to end most of the emergency lending facilities established at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic at a Senate hearing Tuesday. "Even the Chamber of Commerce said that shutting down the emergency lending programs 'closes the door on important... Read More

Doctors Tell Senate Pandemic Deaths Preventable With Early Treatments
Health
Doctors Tell Senate Pandemic Deaths Preventable With Early Treatments
2020-11-19 18:20:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Medical experts told a Senate committee Thursday that misguided information about early treatment contributed to giving the United States the world’s highest death rate from coronavirus. Some of them blamed the Food and Drug Administration for halting a... Read More

'We Are The Firewall.' Senate Republicans Prepare to Make a Stand in Georgia
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'We Are The Firewall.' Senate Republicans Prepare to Make a Stand in Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans still aren't acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden's victory. But they are raising the specter of his incoming administration's agenda to rally conservatives ahead of the high-stakes Jan. 5 runoffs. At a joint event Friday, U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue promoted the same message about the battle for control... Read More

Georgia to Decide Senate Control — And Shape of Biden Presidency
State News
Georgia to Decide Senate Control — And Shape of Biden Presidency

ATLANTA — Georgia has unexpectedly become host to a one-state referendum on a national question — Which party should control the U.S. Senate? — and the outcome will likely shape the ambitions of Joe Biden's presidency as well as his party's future. Money, media and political... Read More

Will Lightning Strike Twice for Democrats in Georgia?
State News
Will Lightning Strike Twice for Democrats in Georgia?

WASHINGTON — Georgia, the state on track to produce the closest finish of the 2020 presidential election, is about to endure an unprecedented political encore that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The runoff campaigns for both the state's Senate seats are set... Read More

MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
Senate Watch
MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
2020-10-29 22:58:20
by TWN Staff

About Smith: Tina Smith is the incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator for Minnesota. Smith was born on March 4, 1958, in Albuquerque, N.M., and grew up in Santa Fe. In 1980, she graduated from Stanford University and in 1984, earned an... Read More

MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
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MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
2020-10-29 22:56:26
by TWN Staff

About Lewis: Jason Lewis represented Minnesota's 2nd congressional district in the 115th Congress, but he is perhaps best known to most state residents as the host of a popular conservative radio show. Lewis voted for the Republican tax cuts of... Read More

KS Senate: Barbara Bollier (D)
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KS Senate: Barbara Bollier (D)
2020-10-28 16:01:49
by TWN Staff

About Bollier: After a career as a doctor, Bollier ran for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. There, she served as an independent voice for Kansans, earning a reputation as a leader willing to work with both political parties.... Read More

GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
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GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
2020-10-28 15:31:28
by TWN Staff

About Ossoff: Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner. Ossoff and his wife Alisha, an OB/GYN physician, both grew up in Atlanta. Since 2013, Ossoff has served as the CEO of Insight TWI,... Read More

MI Senate: John James (R)
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MI Senate: John James (R)
2020-10-28 13:51:05
by TWN Staff

About James:  John James is running for U.S Senate to represent the state of Michigan. At the age of 17, James volunteered to serve his country in the military. After graduating from West Point in 2004, the candidate became a... Read More

TN Senate: Bill Hagerty (R)
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TN Senate: Bill Hagerty (R)
2020-10-28 12:42:20
by TWN Staff

About Hagerty: Born in Gallatin, Tenn., Bill Hagerty’s mother was a schoolteacher and his father worked road construction. As a boy, Hagerty helped tend to the pigs and cattle, before growing up to work in construction like his father. Hagerty’s... Read More

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice
Supreme Court
Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice
2020-10-27 16:00:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday evening, marking the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without the support of a single member of the minority party. Shortly afterward,... Read More

Poll Shows Deadlocked Races for President, Senate Seats in Georgia
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Deadlocked Races for President, Senate Seats in Georgia

ATLANTA — The race for president in Georgia is deadlocked in the final week of the campaign, with President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in a statistical tie in a state that hasn't voted Democratic for president since 1992. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of likely voters released Monday showed... Read More

Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday
Supreme Court
Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate dispensed with a key procedural hurdle Sunday on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, as Republicans race to a final confirmation vote Monday that will solidify the high court's conservative tilt. In a rare weekend floor vote mostly along party... Read More

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