Senators Say State Abortion Ban Causing Exodus of Women’s Health Care Providers
U.S. Senate
Senators Say State Abortion Ban Causing Exodus of Women’s Health Care Providers
2024-05-22 18:44:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A trio of Democratic senators assailed abortion bans in Republican-led states on Tuesday, pointing to a new report that suggests those laws are forcing women’s health care providers to turn away patients, shut down practices and abandon those... Read More

Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization in Resounding Fashion
U.S. Senate
Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization in Resounding Fashion
2024-05-10 17:12:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — After days of debate over amendments that had nothing to do with air travel and were ultimately shelved, the Senate on Thursday night passed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill in resounding, bipartisan fashion. The final vote, which... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Take the Mystery Out of Menopause
Women's Issues
Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Take the Mystery Out of Menopause
2024-05-03 15:29:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate bill would provide $275 million to advance federal research and enhance medical services for women experiencing menopause. The bill, the Advancing Menopause Care and Mid-Life Women’s Health Act, was introduced Thursday by Sen. Patty Murray,... Read More

Senate Considers Clamping Down on Conservative Judge Shopping 
U.S. Senate
Senate Considers Clamping Down on Conservative Judge Shopping 
2024-04-08 19:55:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to stop judge shopping after a Texas federal judge rejected pleas to revise his jurisdiction’s method for assigning cases. The threat to use legislation to force federal judges to follow a case... Read More

Senate Investigates Private Equity Firms’ Control Over Health Care Facilities
U.S. Senate
Senate Investigates Private Equity Firms’ Control Over Health Care Facilities
2024-04-03 18:56:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee sent letters to three private equity firms Monday demanding information about how they staff emergency departments of hospitals they own. The Senate is investigating whether health care is suffering to increase profits for investors. The... Read More

Andy Kim Scores Major Victory Against New Jersey Democratic Machine
2024 Elections
Andy Kim Scores Major Victory Against New Jersey Democratic Machine
2024-03-29 20:37:14
by Dan McCue

TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge on Friday struck down New Jersey’s long-standing practice of listing candidates favored by political bosses more prominently on state ballots than primary opponents running without the parties’ blessing. For years, the practice has greatly... Read More

Senate Battles in 2024: Can Dems Hold the Line?
2024 Elections
Senate Battles in 2024: Can Dems Hold the Line?
2024-03-29 17:14:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In 2022, Democrats faced a nail-biter when it came to maintaining their majority in the Senate. They held on in contests that got surprisingly tight in the end in Arizona and Nevada and managed to flip a seat... Read More

Senate Told Growing Wildfire Threat Needs New Strategies
Emergency Management
Senate Told Growing Wildfire Threat Needs New Strategies
2024-03-15 20:24:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The number of wildfires driven by climate change has grown but the U.S. effort to control them has not, according to emergency response officials at a Senate hearing Thursday. At least not fast enough to prevent disasters like... Read More

Defense Analysts Say Threats to US Have Risen to Dangerous Levels
U.S. Senate
Defense Analysts Say Threats to US Have Risen to Dangerous Levels
2024-03-12 19:32:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Defense analysts repeated warnings Tuesday about a dangerous world the United States cannot afford to ignore in a second Senate hearing this week leading to a vote on an annual military budget. Russia is trying to expand its... Read More

Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Extension, Averting Shutdown
Federal Budget
Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Extension, Averting Shutdown
2024-03-01 16:26:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday night voted in favor of a “laddered” proposal from the House to extend funding for some federal departments and agencies through March 8 and the rest through March 22. The 77-13 vote, which came... Read More

Foreign Policy Advisors Urge Senate to Reinstate Iranian Sanctions
U.S. Senate
Foreign Policy Advisors Urge Senate to Reinstate Iranian Sanctions
2024-02-28 21:36:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy advisors suggested to a Senate committee Wednesday that the United States return to a policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran to halt its use of proxies for terrorist attacks. A Senate Foreign Relations Committee notice of... Read More

Senate Republicans Block Bipartisan Border Security Bill
U.S. Senate
Senate Republicans Block Bipartisan Border Security Bill
2024-02-07 21:38:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans voted against a procedural measure on Wednesday that would have advanced a bipartisan border security bill that was part of a larger package that would have sent military aid to Ukraine, Israel and U.S. allies serving... Read More

Senate Won’t Vote on Border, Ukraine Package Before New Year
U.S. Senate
Senate Won’t Vote on Border, Ukraine Package Before New Year
2023-12-20 15:09:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Despite pitched negotiations all this week, the Senate isn’t close enough on a deal to vote on a package providing more aid to Ukraine and bolstering security at the U.S. border with Mexico until early next year. The... Read More

House and Senate Reach Agreement on NDAA, Votes Expected Next Week
Defense
House and Senate Reach Agreement on NDAA, Votes Expected Next Week
2023-12-08 00:11:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate and House Armed Services committees announced Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement on the FY 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, jettisoning some, but not all, of the controversial amendments added by House Republicans last summer. Sens.... Read More

Tuberville Drops Opposition to Almost All Military Promotions
U.S. Senate
Tuberville Drops Opposition to Almost All Military Promotions
2023-12-05 21:59:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., announced Tuesday that he would drop his opposition to nearly all military promotions, a blockade he imposed to protest the Pentagon’s decision to ensure abortion access to service members. Tuberville had placed holds on... Read More

Senate Considers Public Health Strategy to Control Rising Gun Violence
U.S. Senate
Senate Considers Public Health Strategy to Control Rising Gun Violence
2023-11-28 20:18:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Perplexing problems of gun violence returned to a Senate hearing Tuesday, this time with a proposal for treating it as a public health crisis rather than purely a law enforcement issue. A near record surge in violence has... Read More

Can Decorum and Civility Be Restored on Capitol Hill? We Ask the Experts
Congress
Can Decorum and Civility Be Restored on Capitol Hill? We Ask the Experts
2023-11-24 21:45:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The date was Feb. 5, 1858, and as evening arrived in Washington, long-standing hostilities over the issue of slavery were about to boil over in the well of the House of Representatives. It began when Galusha Grow, a... Read More

Supporters of Israel Caution Against Rising Antisemitism
Civil Rights
Supporters of Israel Caution Against Rising Antisemitism
2023-11-14 21:58:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A backlash against the antisemitism that erupted since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel showed itself during a congressional hearing and a demonstration in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. During a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee hearing, lawmakers... Read More

Manchin Says He Will Not Seek Reelection to Senate
Political News
Manchin Says He Will Not Seek Reelection to Senate
2023-11-09 20:58:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection in 2024, a decision that was almost instantly seen as handing the Republicans the seat after next year’s election. In a written statement, Manchin said he... Read More

House Passes $14.5B Stand-Alone Aid Bill for Israel
Congress
House Passes $14.5B Stand-Alone Aid Bill for Israel
2023-11-03 14:49:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A divided House approved a $14.5 billion aid package for Israel on Thursday night, paving the way for a clash with Senate Democrats and the White House by excluding Ukraine funds from consideration and cutting money sought for... Read More

Congress Told China’s Artificial Intelligence Represents a Threat to US
U.S. Senate
Congress Told China’s Artificial Intelligence Represents a Threat to US
2023-10-19 20:25:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity experts urged a congressional panel Thursday to act quickly to keep pace with threats posed by China’s development of artificial intelligence. The alternative is a U.S. military, business community and technology sector that fall far behind China’s... Read More

Senate Tries to Crack Down on Online Counterfeit Sellers
U.S. Senate
Senate Tries to Crack Down on Online Counterfeit Sellers
2023-10-03 21:29:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would force some of the same liabilities faced by brick-and-mortar retailers onto online platforms. The problem is counterfeits. Online retail platforms like eBay and Ali Baba might sell products with... Read More

Senate Votes, President Signs, Shutdown Averted
Political News
Senate Votes, President Signs, Shutdown Averted
2023-10-01 14:47:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With just over three hours to spare, the Senate last night passed a bipartisan bill to avert a government shutdown, and President Joe Biden signed it just before the midnight deadline. The measure will fund the federal government... Read More

House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Senate Plans Vote Saturday Night
Political News
House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Senate Plans Vote Saturday Night
2023-09-30 20:10:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — After multiple failed attempts, the House on Saturday approved a “clean” stopgap funding bill in a last-ditch bid to avert a government shutdown, sending the measure to the Senate with just hours to spare. In the end, after... Read More

Senate Moves to Avert Looming Government Shutdown
Political News
Senate Moves to Avert Looming Government Shutdown
2023-09-26 21:44:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon on a stopgap spending plan that could keep the government funded through mid-November, but some provisions are not likely to fly with hardliners in the House. The... Read More

Financial Experts Advise Lawmakers on Future for AI
U.S. Senate
Financial Experts Advise Lawmakers on Future for AI
2023-09-20 18:47:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers sought answers Wednesday on how the U.S. financial industry could reap potentially huge benefits from artificial intelligence while avoiding devastating risks. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., summed up the balancing act Congress wants to perform by asking financial... Read More

Lawmakers Demand Resiliency in New Transportation Projects
Infrastructure
Lawmakers Demand Resiliency in New Transportation Projects
2023-09-13 20:03:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — As the search for bodies continues in Hawaii after last month’s wildfires, a Senate committee on Wednesday discussed how climate change is likely to interfere with the nation’s transportation systems. So far in 2023, the hottest year in... Read More

Sens. Want Assurances for Plan to Develop US Artificial Intelligence
Technology
Sens. Want Assurances for Plan to Develop US Artificial Intelligence
2023-09-07 19:48:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee sought verification Thursday from artificial intelligence experts that a U.S. government policy anticipating a surge in funding and security needs for the technology is headed in the right direction. Artificial intelligence refers to the ability... Read More

McConnell Cleared to Continue His Schedule
U.S. Senate
McConnell Cleared to Continue His Schedule
2023-08-31 20:52:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been medically cleared to “continue with his schedule as planned,” a day after he appeared to freeze up while taking questions from reporters in Covington, Kentucky. In a brief letter, Brian... Read More

Rooted in South Carolina Soil, Could Mace’s Future Be a US Senate Seat?
Congress
Rooted in South Carolina Soil, Could Mace’s Future Be a US Senate Seat?
2023-08-22 16:54:10
by Dan McCue

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — From the outset it was clear, Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., was in her element. The featured guest on a panel hosted by the nonprofit Concerned Veterans for America aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown, the decommissioned aircraft carrier... Read More

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