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Senate Releases FDA Discussion Draft With Reforms for Diagnostic Testing
Health
Senate Releases FDA Discussion Draft With Reforms for Diagnostic Testing
2022-05-18 18:36:04
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Members from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a draft of the legislative package to reauthorize user fee agreements for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, which are set to end on Oct.... Read More

Hunger
US Tackles Global Food Shortages
2022-05-12 12:15:57
by Alexa Hornbeck

As war, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic increase global food shortages, the United States government is providing funds to ease the blow at home and abroad.  “Before the war began in Ukraine, more than 50 countries … nations like Ethiopia,... Read More

U.S. Senate
Democrats’ Effort to Secure Abortion Rights Falls to Filibuster
2022-05-11 23:41:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The fact that defeat was in the bag didn’t reduce the sting for Senate Democrats who failed to pass legislation Wednesday that would have enshrined abortion rights into federal law and circumvented the Supreme Court’s anticipated overturning of... Read More

Supreme Court
Alleged Judicial Activism in Abortion Case Renews Calls for Supreme Court Reform
2022-05-09 20:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The draft of a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade that was leaked to the media last week is renewing calls in Congress to expand the number of justices. Democrats behind the proposal say the Supreme... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Nebraska, West Virginia

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The top race in Tuesday's primary elections in Nebraska and West Virginia is a heavily contested Republican primary for Nebraska governor, featuring a Donald Trump-endorsed candidate who has been accused of groping multiple women. Voters in Nebraska will... Read More

Political News
Senate to Vote Next Week on Abortion Rights Bill
2022-05-05 17:46:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on legislation to codify a woman’s right to seek an abortion into federal law in order to circumvent a possible Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,... Read More

Technology
Commerce Secretary Urges Senators to Pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act
2022-04-28 14:26:14
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars will start flowing to the Department of Commerce if Congress passes the Innovation and Competition Act, also known as the Bipartisan Innovation Act, funds that will transform the department’s upcoming budget, according to Commerce Secretary... Read More

Health
FDA Falls Short of User Fee Goals but Still Seeks Double the Budget
2022-04-27 20:16:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions wanted to know why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting nearly double its annual budget while failing to meet many of the goals tied to... Read More

In Memory
Long-Serving US Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah Dies at 88

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Orrin G. Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history and a fixture in Utah politics for more than four decades, has died at age 88. The retired senator's death Saturday was announced in a statement... Read More

Supreme Court
Ketanji Brown Jackson Now Has Bipartisan Support for High Court Confirmation
2022-03-30 14:41:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — When the Senate votes on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court next week, she’s assured of having bipartisan support for her confirmation. On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said after a second meeting with... Read More

Military
Defense Officials Try to Convince Senate US is Prepared if Ukraine War Escalates
2022-03-29 22:55:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Some of the U.S. military’s top brass tried to reassure a Senate committee Tuesday their supply lines and infrastructure are prepared to defend the United States and allies. An implied question behind the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing... Read More

Technology
Senate Advances COMPETES Act, Sending it to Conference
2022-03-29 14:12:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —The Senate voted 68-28 on Monday to advance legislation that would invest in both scientific research and in increasing domestic manufacturing of critical microchips. The Senate passed its version of the bill, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, in... Read More

In The News
Senate Witnesses Give Mixed Reviews of Jackson’s Potential on Supreme Court
2022-03-24 21:23:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — American Bar Association attorneys commended Ketanji Brown Jackson Thursday during the fourth and final day of Senate hearings into her nomination to the Supreme Court. They disputed Republican accusations that she was too easy in her sentencing of... Read More

Political News
Republican Senators Urge Biden Administration to Ramp Up Oil and Gas Production
2022-03-23 23:39:57
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Republican senators took the podium during a press conference on Wednesday to call on the Biden administration to increase domestic oil and gas production to stifle rising gas prices. The conference featured remarks from Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho,... Read More

Defense
Defense Analysts Urge Senate to Enhance Latin American Security
2022-03-23 23:37:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — As the United States turns its attention to bombs falling on Ukraine, defense analysts warned the Senate Wednesday not to overlook emerging security risks in Latin America. Transnational crime, drug gangs as well as growing Russian and Chinese... Read More

Congress
Supreme Court Nominee Vows to Avoid Partisan Politics if Confirmed
2022-03-22 17:29:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson described herself as a judge who merely applies laws to facts rather than imposing her own opinions onto rulings during the second day of Senate hearings into her nomination to the Supreme Court. “It is... Read More

Political News
Federal Reserve Pick Raskin Withdraws Nomination
2022-03-15 22:06:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden’s pick for a position on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, withdrew her nomination Tuesday, one day after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined all Senate Republicans in opposing her confirmation. In a... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Passes Bill to Make Daylight Saving Permanent
2022-03-15 22:02:24
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation that would permanently extend daylight saving time nationwide by unanimous consent on Tuesday. The bill, entitled the Sunshine Protection Act, was sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Panel Approves Health Bill to Protect Against Future Pandemics
2022-03-15 20:49:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday to put significant new resources into U.S. preparedness for any other pandemics that threaten the nation’s health and economy. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., described the PREVENT Pandemics Act as an effort... Read More

U.S. Senate
Luján Greeted With Standing Ovation on Senate Return
2022-03-03 22:28:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —  Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., returned to work in the Senate chamber Thursday and was greeted with a bipartisan standing ovation as he took his place at a morning hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. ... Read More

Health
Biosecurity Experts Tell Senate Pandemic Revealed Gaps in Preparedness
2022-02-17 21:10:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — As COVID-19 deaths in the United States approach 1 million, maybe something worthwhile came out of the pandemic, biosecurity experts told a Senate panel Thursday. At least now Americans and their lawmakers are willing to dedicate the resources... Read More

Redistricting
North Carolina Senate Weighs In With Its Version of New CD Map
2022-02-16 20:35:10
by Dan McCue

RALEIGH, N.C. — The political sausage making has begun in North Carolina’s state capitol where lawmakers are expected to spend most of Wednesday debating congressional district maps proposed by each chamber of the legislature. As reported this morning by The... Read More

Environment
Environmental Justice Bill Seeks Equity for Disadvantaged Neighborhoods
2022-02-15 22:15:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Trouble in the U.S. Senate for the Biden administration’s $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act opened an opportunity Tuesday for a bill that seeks to protect disadvantaged communities from environmental hazards. As opposition to climate and social provisions... Read More

Political News
After Long Delay Senate Confirms Califf for FDA Chief
2022-02-15 18:24:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved Robert Califf’s nomination to be the new head of the Food and Drug Administration. The 50-46 vote came just over 12 hours after the chamber cast a decidedly narrow vote to limit debate... Read More

Postal Service
Schumer Vows to Bring Postal Reform Bill to Senate Floor Before Presidents’ Day
2022-02-09 20:01:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday vowed to bring a postal service reform bill to the Senate floor for a vote before the Presidents’ Day recess. The bill, which passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan... Read More

Congress
Hymn Would Join Anthem as National Song Under Bill in Congress
2022-02-04 21:38:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The national anthem would get a companion song in America’s repertoire of music under a proposal discussed during a congressional hearing Friday. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” would be elevated to the status of a national hymn under... Read More

In The News
Lawmakers Upset at Airline Regulators for Conflicts During 5G Wireless Rollout
2022-02-04 15:26:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Warnings continued Thursday from the airline industry about how the rollout last month of 5G telecommunications threatens aviation safety while lawmakers tried to figure out a solution. The newest wireless transmitters near airports could interfere with radio signals... Read More

Media
Local News Executives Ask Senate Panel for Help to Survive Internet Competition
2022-02-02 23:32:45
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Local news executives made suggestions Wednesday to a Senate panel on how to take their industry off of life support in the face of internet competition. Growth of internet news is severely damaging local newspapers, radio and television... Read More

Political News
‘Eye of Nation Watching’ as Voting Rights Bill Appears Headed for Defeat
2022-01-18 21:49:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With the defeat of sweeping voting rights legislation all but certain in the Senate this week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed a different goal as he opened the chamber’s session on Tuesday, forcing all senators to go on... Read More

Congress
Senate Bills Seek to Enforce Bans on Stock Trades by Members of Congress
2022-01-14 22:31:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and selling stocks while they hold public office. The bills from Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley follow... Read More

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