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Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Avoiding Shutdown
Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Avoiding Shutdown
2021-12-03 15:00:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday night that ended the threat of a short-term government shutdown this weekend and will keep the government running through Feb. 18, 2022. The vote in the senate came just hours... Read More

In The News
Paid Leave Advocates Say Bipartisan Path not Feasible
2021-12-01 18:42:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Advocates for the passage of paid family and medical leave into law are pushing the policy as a solution to what could be a difficult 2022 midterm election for Democrats. Provisions for paid leave were included in the... Read More

Federal Budget
CBO Confirms: If Congress Fails to Act, Treasury Could Go Bust in Days
2021-11-30 20:58:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — If the debt limit remains unchanged and the Treasury Department follows through on transferring $118 billion to the Highway Trust Fund on Dec. 15, the federal government could run out of cash before the end of the month,... Read More

Civil Rights
House and Senate Democrats Seek to Protect Access to Birth Control Act
2021-11-23 21:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — More than 100 Democrats in the House and Senate are urging their colleagues to help them guarantee a woman’s timely access to birth control at her local pharmacy. The legislation, the Access to Birth Control Act, was reintroduced... Read More

Political News
Democrats Pass the Build Back Better Act, Send Sweeping Bill to Senate
2021-11-19 16:06:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It was a long night’s journey into day but in the end, House Democrats passed the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden’s sweeping social program and climate spending plan by a vote of 220-213. One... Read More

In The News
Murkowski Announces Reelection Bid Opposed by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial and has repeatedly bumped heads with the former president, announced Friday that she will run for reelection. Trump, who has focused his political... Read More

U.S. Senate
Academics Weigh Filibuster’s Role Following Voting Bills’ Obstruction
2021-11-09 22:25:23
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the Senate have succeeded repeatedly in thwarting the passage of both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation crafted to overhaul the country’s election systems and secure Americans’... Read More

Crime
Bipartisan Senate Legislation Aims to Prevent Foreign Extortion
2021-11-02 20:29:41
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday that would criminalize bribery demands by foreign officials. Although bribery is considered criminal activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act... Read More

Cybercrime
Senate Hears how Criminals Infiltrate Online Sales with Stolen or Fake Goods
2021-11-02 20:19:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — While toy makers warn Christmas shoppers to beware counterfeit or stolen toys in online purchases, a Senate panel on Tuesday examined options for stopping them. The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard about how knockoff online sales are moving... Read More

Social Media
Social Media Faces New Regulations as it is Blamed for Inciting Extremists
2021-10-28 19:17:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Few lawmakers or witnesses disputed whether the government should crack down on social media companies like Facebook during a Senate hearing Thursday, only how it should be done. The Senate is concerned that social media amplifies threats of... Read More

Well Versed
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

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

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

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

Political News
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

Political News
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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