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Schiff Enters Field Competing for Feinstein Senate Seat
Political News
Schiff Enters Field Competing for Feinstein Senate Seat
2023-01-26 23:03:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., confirmed one of California politics’ most poorly kept secrets, announcing Thursday that he is running in 2024 for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat. Schiff is the second candidate to formally enter what is... Read More

U.S. Senate
Ricketts Sworn In as Nebraska’s Junior Senator
2023-01-23 22:21:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Former Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was sworn in as the U.S. Senate’s 100th senator on Monday, taking the place of former Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who retired to take a position at the University of Florida. Ricketts, a... Read More

Political News
Tim Kaine to Seek Third Term in US Senate
2023-01-20 16:24:15
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., ended weeks of suspense Friday morning when he announced he intends to seek a third term in 2024. “I am happy to announce that I will seek reelection in 2024 to keep... Read More

Political News
Katie Porter Announces Bid for Feinstein Senate Seat
2023-01-10 16:36:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., fresh off a successful bid to be elected to represent California’s newly redistricted 47th Congressional District, announced Tuesday she is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2024, seeking the seat currently held by... Read More

U.S. Senate
Casey to Undergo Surgery for Prostate Cancer
2023-01-05 18:49:10
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said Thursday that he will undergo surgery for prostate cancer but is expected to make a full recovery. Casey, 62, revealed his diagnosis via Twitter Thursday morning. “While this news came... Read More

Federal Budget
Senate Passes $1.7T Spending Bill, Sends on to House
2022-12-22 21:46:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a sweeping $1.7 trillion spending package Thursday, overcoming last minute objections related to the future of Title 42, and sending the measure on to the House in time to avert a partial government shutdown. The... Read More

Federal Budget
Stopgap Spending Bill Clears Senate With Omnibus Package Expected Monday
2022-12-16 15:04:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 71-19 on Thursday to clear a one-week continuing resolution to keep the government funded as lawmakers finish work on the omnibus spending package. Lawmakers now have through Dec. 23 to get the massive spending plan... Read More

Climate
Senate Bill Aims to Boost Mental Health Care for Communities Facing Climate Disasters
2022-12-14 18:41:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday would establish a first-of-its kind $30 million pilot grant program to provide funding to community-based mental wellness and resilience programs in communities bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. Introduced... Read More

White House
President Signs Measure to Avert Nationwide Rail Shutdown
2022-12-02 16:07:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden moved quickly Friday morning to sign H.J. Res. 100 into law and thereby avert a nationwide rail shutdown that many have said would have caused a devastating $2 billion-per-day hit to the U.S. economy. The... Read More

Cryptocurrencies
Senate Says FTX Cryptocurrency Collapse Shows Need for Government Regulation
2022-12-01 22:36:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Thursday nearly eliminated uncertainties about whether the government will regulate the cryptocurrency industry soon as lawmakers reviewed the collapse of digital financial firm FTX. FTX’s cryptocurrency exchange held assets of more than 1 million... Read More

Infrastructure
Senate Tries to Smooth Out Snags in $1.2T Infrastructure Law
2022-11-30 20:58:45
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government is getting a good deal with its record investment to boost the economy. The five-year program won wide approval during... Read More

Congress
Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate
2022-11-30 12:10:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Senate passed a bill to codify federal recognition of same-sex marriage on Tuesday night, adding religious liberty protections to ensure its bipartisan support. The 61-36 vote in the chamber now sends the measure to the House, where... Read More

Business
Big Grocery Merger Gets Chilly Reception by Senators Worried About Price and Quality
2022-11-29 22:49:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel showed a cynical attitude toward a proposed $24.6 billion merger of major grocery chains Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. during a hearing Tuesday. The chief executive officers promised consumers would benefit if the Federal Trade... Read More

Civil Rights
Senate Votes to Advance Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
2022-11-16 22:55:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bill that would protect same-sex and interracial marriages cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday after 12 Republicans joined every Democrat in the chamber in voting to proceed with consideration of enshrining those unions under... Read More

Energy
Senate Could Consider Bill to Rein In OPEC+ After Midterms
2022-10-25 19:48:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee last week advanced a bill intended to rein in the power of OPEC+ after the oil producer group led by Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to dramatically cut their output.  That means if Senate... Read More

Energy
Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge EPA to ‘Chart New Course for Biofuels’
2022-10-21 21:05:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators on Friday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to use its upcoming decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard to “chart a new course for biofuels” to meet the nation’s “diverse energy demands.” In a... Read More

Congress
Senators Ask How to Make Presidency More Responsive to Their Questions
2022-10-18 21:51:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel tried to unravel questions Tuesday about how to gather evidence for investigations despite what one senator called “the information blockade” by the presidency. “In recent years, it has been harder and harder to get meaningful... Read More

Health
Senators Laud DOD for Imposing Anti-PFAS Procurement Rules
2022-10-05 20:22:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The lead Senate sponsors of the PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act this week lauded the Department of Defense’s recent decision to make its own stand against the proliferation of so-called “forever chemicals.” Late last month, the Defense Department... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senators Want to Prosecute Russians for War Crimes in Ukraine
2022-09-28 19:44:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel raised the possibility Wednesday of extending U.S. jurisdiction against Russian military personnel to hold them personally accountable for war crimes in Ukraine. Current federal law allows the Justice Department to prosecute war criminals only if... Read More

U.S. Senate
Bipartisan Resolution Could Set Location of Fallen Journalist Memorial
2022-09-28 14:57:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan resolution introduced late last week would authorize the placement of a national memorial commemorating fallen journalists on Independence Avenue, between the Voice of America building and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The effort... Read More

U.S. Senate
Election Reform Bill Headed to Final Vote Amid Bipartisan Senate Support
2022-09-27 22:45:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Tuesday voted to send a proposal to a final vote that seeks to avoid the kind of disputes that led to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The rioters were trying... Read More

Political News
McConnell Throws His Support Behind Electoral Count Reform Act
2022-09-27 22:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Tuesday that he supports the Electoral Count Reform Act, which aims to protect future elections from attempts at disruption like those that transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.... Read More

Technology
Tribal Leaders: Getting Internet to All Needs Greater Coordination
2022-09-23 13:21:07
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The lack of a national plan for getting internet to every native tribe in the country was on full display Wednesday as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a roundtable discussion with federal agencies and tribal leaders working... Read More

Privacy
Senators: ICE Should Stop ‘Orwellian Data Gathering’
2022-09-13 17:08:08
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Senators are urging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to shut down its “Orwellian data-gathering efforts,” according to a letter sent by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Tuesday. The senators reference multiple reports, including one... Read More

Climate
Senate Seeks to Cut Greenhouse Gases While Holding On to Jobs
2022-09-07 20:39:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — It was smoke and more smoke that consumed a Senate hearing Wednesday on how to prepare for wildfires and whether to grant limited exceptions to the Clean Air Act. The four bills discussed at the Senate Environment and... Read More

Congress
House Passes Inflation Reduction Act, Sends on to President
2022-08-13 15:42:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday afternoon gave its approval to the Inflation Reduction Act, delivering a significant victory to President Joe Biden. The final vote was 220-207, along party lines. Four Republicans did not vote. In a tweet from... Read More

Health
Defeat of Insulin Price Cap in Senate Draws Complaints From Patient Advocates
2022-08-08 20:50:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A proposed $35 monthly cap on the price of insulin failed to win approval in the huge economic tax and spending package the Senate passed Sunday. Republicans succeeded in removing the cap by inserting an amendment into the... Read More

Science
Senate Wants More Oversight of Dangerous Biological Research
2022-08-04 14:35:04
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Scientists revived suspicions Wednesday that COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese lab during a Senate hearing where lawmakers discussed methods for preventing additional pandemics. Their main concern was “gain-of-function” methods that biochemists discovered about 20 years ago. Gain-of-function refers... Read More

Veterans
Senate Greenlights Health Care Bill for Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits
2022-08-03 13:30:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, in a broadly bipartisan 86-11 vote on Tuesday night, approved a measure to provide health care and benefits for millions of veterans injured by exposure to toxins, from Agent Orange in Vietnam to burn pits... Read More

In The News
Manchin Describes Inflation Act Negotiations
2022-07-28 19:07:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Thursday rejected assertions he somehow reversed course in coming to terms with Democratic leaders on a reconciliation package now called the Inflation Reduction Act. “A reversal to me is going backwards, and I've... Read More

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