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
Political News
'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)
Senate Watch
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)
Senate Watch
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)
Senate Watch
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)
Senate Watch
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

Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
Congress
Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

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

Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination Expected to Advance During Rare Sunday Senate Session
Supreme Court
Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination Expected to Advance During Rare Sunday Senate Session

WASHINGTON -- The Senate appears likely to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as soon as next Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., had previously said that he anticipated beginning the process of considering the nomination of Barrett, currently a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit... Read More

Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable
Opinion Polls
Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable

WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch closer to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and Joe Biden enjoys a national lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race, there’s also an intense battle going on for control of Congress.... Read More

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

Hill Republicans in Tough Battles Not Thrilled with Trump Debate Style
2020 Elections
Hill Republicans in Tough Battles Not Thrilled with Trump Debate Style

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans in tough reelection battles said Wednesday that President Donald Trump did not do them any favors in his first debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “With the debate interrupting and name calling — Omaha... Read More

Schumer Goes Around McConnell to Set Up Vote Defending ‘Obamacare’
U.S. Senate
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
Supreme Court
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

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
Congress
Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
2020-09-29 21:36:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted to advance a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night, the penultimate step to avoiding a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. The vote to limit debate on the measure paves the way for a final vote in... Read More

U.S. Postmaster Defends Mail Cutbacks As Driven by Financial Desperation
Postal Service
U.S. Postmaster Defends Mail Cutbacks As Driven by Financial Desperation
2020-08-21 19:01:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. postmaster tried to convince a sometimes skeptical Senate committee Friday that recent interruptions in mail service represented only an effort to cut costs amid a tight budget. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee called the... Read More

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

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots
Military
House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

What Happens to the US Economy if the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends?
Economy
What Happens to the US Economy if the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends?

WASHINGTON — When the COVID-19 pandemic first drove the country into lockdown and tens of millions of workers lost their jobs, Congress voted to add $600 a week to whatever individual states paid in unemployment insurance. That extra money was... Read More

With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?
Economy
With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they will include a new round of coronavirus stimulus payments in the upcoming pandemic relief bill, dramatically increasingly the likelihood that more checks will go out to help Americans combat the economic effects... Read More

With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations
2020 Elections
With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations

A group of Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. senators has once again posted massive fundraising numbers, raising the party’s hopes of reclaiming the Senate from the GOP in the November election. The Democrats’ figures, which include donations between April... Read More

Senate GOP Aid Package Might Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households, McConnell Suggests
Economy
Senate GOP Aid Package Might Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households, McConnell Suggests

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to sketch out details of a forthcoming GOP-drafted coronavirus relief package Monday, leaving the door open to another round of direct payments to households as well as more funding for state and... Read More

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