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Joe Lieberman Tells TWN: Centrists Are the Key to Getting Government Working Again
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Joe Lieberman Tells TWN: Centrists Are the Key to Getting Government Working Again
2021-10-26 23:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In a divisive age in which it seems lawmakers will run faster from a deal than they would from a burning building, it’s nice, occasionally, to hear an elder statesman talk about the government's ability to get things... Read More

Biden 'Positive' on Budget Deal; Manchin OK With Wealth Tax
Political News
Biden 'Positive' on Budget Deal; Manchin OK With Wealth Tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package. Biden... Read More

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

Senate Wants Tougher Enforcement of Sanctions Against ‘Malign Actors’
Treasury
Senate Wants Tougher Enforcement of Sanctions Against ‘Malign Actors’
2021-10-19 20:58:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S. foreign adversaries. The Senate seeks to protect U.S. economic policies without trampling foreign entities that could be trading partners and... Read More

Senate to Vote on Voting Rights Bill Wednesday, Despite Filibuster Threat
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Senate to Vote on Voting Rights Bill Wednesday, Despite Filibuster Threat
2021-10-19 18:14:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are moving ahead with plans to vote on the Freedom to Vote Act Wednesday, despite Republicans’ vow to block the bill. The bill, a slimmed down version of the For the People Act, a sweeping elections... Read More

Senate Avoids a US Debt Disaster, Votes to Extend Borrowing
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Senate Avoids a US Debt Disaster, Votes to Extend Borrowing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has dodged a U.S. debt disaster, voting to extend the government's borrowing authority into December and temporarily avert an unprecedented federal default that experts warned would devastate the economy and harm millions of Americans. The... Read More

Accord Reached on Raising the Nation’s Debt Limit
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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

House Inching Toward Passing Continuing Resolution with Debt Ceiling Increase
Congress
House Inching Toward Passing Continuing Resolution with Debt Ceiling Increase
2021-09-21 19:58:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats were inching closer Tuesday afternoon to passing legislation that would both keep the government funded through December and waive the federal debt limit through the end of 2022. But even as the bill cleared the House... Read More

Parliamentarian Deals blow to Dems' Immigration Push
U.S. Senate
Parliamentarian Deals blow to Dems' Immigration Push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party's... Read More

FBI Faces Senate’s Criticism for Inaction on Sexual Abuse of Olympic Gymnasts
U.S. Senate
FBI Faces Senate’s Criticism for Inaction on Sexual Abuse of Olympic Gymnasts
2021-09-16 13:39:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The sexual abuse perpetrated against female U.S. Olympic gymnasts by former team doctor Larry Nassar was exacerbated by inaction of the FBI, the athletes told a Senate panel Wednesday. As a result, Nassar sexually abused at least 70... Read More

Senate Excoriates Secretary of State for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Political News
Senate Excoriates Secretary of State for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
2021-09-14 19:42:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Senators who handle foreign relations hammered away at the U.S. secretary of state for a second day Tuesday for what they described as the disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan. They criticized the lack of planning, the poor intelligence... Read More

Herschel Walker to Run for Senate Seat Held by Raphael Warnock
2022 Elections
Herschel Walker to Run for Senate Seat Held by Raphael Warnock
2021-08-25 18:25:01
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Herschel Walker has filed paperwork to enter the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, the Heisman Trophy winner joins other Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022. Walker, who came to national prominence in the... Read More

Prospects Ever Fainter for Bipartisan Policing Overhaul Deal
Law Enforcement
Prospects Ever Fainter for Bipartisan Policing Overhaul Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects seem increasingly faint for a bipartisan Senate deal on overhauling policing practices as deadlocked lawmakers have fled the Capitol for August recess and political pressure for an accord eases with each passing week. Bargainers insist they're... Read More

Top Dem Sees Tough Pathway for $3.5 Trillion Social, Climate Plans
U.S. Senate
Top Dem Sees Tough Pathway for $3.5 Trillion Social, Climate Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after clinching an initial budget victory, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer conceded Wednesday that Democrats face a tough pathway to delivering a package surging $3.5 trillion into family, health and environment programs to President Joe Biden's... Read More

For Biden and Senators, a Sense That 'World Was Watching'
Infrastructure
For Biden and Senators, a Sense That 'World Was Watching'

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden first announced the framework he'd reached with a bipartisan group of senators for a big infrastructure bill, he said it meant more than building roads and bridges.  Agreement, he said two months ago,... Read More

Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
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

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Set for Final Senate Passage
U.S. Senate
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Set for Final Senate Passage

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of fits, starts and delays, the Senate is on track to give final approval to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan, with a growing coalition of Democrats and Republicans prepared to lift the first phase... Read More

Infrastructure Senators Brush Off Criticism From Left, Right
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Senators Brush Off Criticism From Left, Right

WASHINGTON (AP) — Often elusive, the political center is holding steady in the Senate as a coalition of Democratic and Republican senators brushes off critics to push  the $1 trillion infrastructure package toward final passage. On the left, the Democrats... Read More

Senators Finalize Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Text
Infrastructure
Senators Finalize Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Text
2021-08-02 14:22:22
by TWN Staff

Senators on Sunday night finalized the text of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, creating a sweeping 2,702-page document that could be voted on in the chamber by the end of the week. “We want to be done by Thursday,” Sen. Joe... Read More

Senators Say They’ve Struck Deal on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Senators Say They’ve Struck Deal on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
2021-07-28 16:29:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators who have been negotiating for weeks on an infrastructure bill since forging an alliance with the White House say they’ve reached a deal on the “major issues” and can now move forward. “I... Read More

Iowa Democrat Finkenauer Seeking GOP Sen. Grassley's Seat
2022 Elections
Iowa Democrat Finkenauer Seeking GOP Sen. Grassley's Seat

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a former congresswoman, is running for Republican Chuck Grassley's U.S. Senate seat, hoping her blue-collar credentials will propel her forward in a state that has grown more conservative over the years. The... Read More

Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change
Climate
Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change
2021-07-23 12:32:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tracy Harden, owner of Chuck’s Dairy Bar in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, told a Senate panel Thursday about how a 2019 flood along the Mississippi River Delta devastated her community. High waters inundated 548,000 acres, nearly half of it... Read More

Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before... 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

Senator: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Loses IRS Provision
Infrastructure
Senator: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Loses IRS Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to strengthen IRS enforcement to crack down on tax scofflaws and help fund a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending bill is officially off the table, Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Sunday. Portman, who is... Read More

In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage
Congress
In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a crucial moment for Democrats, party leaders are hunting for a sweet spot that would satisfy their rival moderate and progressive wings on legislation to finance President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar agenda of bolstering the economy and... Read More

With McCain in Mind, Sinema Reaches for Bipartisanship
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

Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
Technology
Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
2021-06-25 20:50:08
by Victoria Turner

A day after the White House and a bipartisan group of Senators came to an agreement on a major infrastructure proposal, three federal agencies began laying the groundwork for distributing the $65 billion that is expected to be in the... Read More

Analysis: Biden Rebuts Doubts, Wins Bet on Bipartisanship
Infrastructure
Analysis: Biden Rebuts Doubts, Wins Bet on Bipartisanship

NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, as the partisan battle lines hardened on Capitol Hill over President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, his calls for bipartisanship seemed increasingly out of step. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his goal was... Read More

Bipartisan Efforts Win the Day As Senators, White House Strike Infrastructure Deal
Infrastructure
Bipartisan Efforts Win the Day As Senators, White House Strike Infrastructure Deal
2021-06-24 23:24:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he’s struck an infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators that will provide about $579 billion in new investments in broadband internet, roads, bridges and the electric grid. The deal’s overall... Read More

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