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

House GOP Approves Spending Bill Already DOA in Senate, at White House
Congress
House GOP Approves Spending Bill Already DOA in Senate, at White House
2023-07-27 19:32:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In their final significant vote of the summer, House Republicans on Thursday passed their first government funding bill in the face of bipartisan opposition and the certainty that the spending plan is DOA as it heads over to... Read More

Senators Urge Protecting Infrastructure From Ravages of Climate Change
Climate
Senators Urge Protecting Infrastructure From Ravages of Climate Change
2023-07-26 18:04:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Outside the Senate Budget Committee offices Wednesday, temperatures edged toward the century mark during what meteorologists say is the world’s hottest month in recorded history. Inside, senators juggled ideas during a hearing on how to handle the damage... Read More

Senate Panel to Markup Primary Care Bill
Health
Senate Panel to Markup Primary Care Bill
2023-07-19 18:38:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will convene next week to markup a new health care bill that would invest $20 billion over the next five years in community health centers and the recruitment and retention... Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Rolls Out Senate Bid
Political News
Ohio Secretary of State Rolls Out Senate Bid
2023-07-18 15:27:10
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose entered the race for U.S. Senate on Monday, joining two other Republicans in a bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Brown is one of three incumbent Democratic senators up... Read More

With Some Democratic Help, House Passes Defense Authorization Bill
Congress
With Some Democratic Help, House Passes Defense Authorization Bill
2023-07-14 17:56:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday passed the annual defense policy bill, voting 219-210 after the support of a handful of moderates pushed the legislation through despite opposition from the chamber’s right and left flanks. The National Defense Authorization Act... Read More

Xochitl Torres Small Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Agriculture
Xochitl Torres Small Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
2023-07-11 19:53:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Xochitl Torres Small as deputy secretary of the Agriculture Department, a much-anticipated outcome that nevertheless took awhile to come to fruition. As previously reported by The Well News, President Joe Biden... Read More

Senate Told Promise of AI Comes With Dangers to Civil Rights
Technology
Senate Told Promise of AI Comes With Dangers to Civil Rights
2023-06-13 20:53:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A civil rights leader on technology policy told a Senate panel Tuesday that artificial intelligence is creating risks to privacy and democracy that the U.S. government has not yet brought under control. She and other witnesses on artificial... Read More

Lawmakers Seek to Protect Communities From Wildfire Smoke
Health
Lawmakers Seek to Protect Communities From Wildfire Smoke
2023-06-13 17:14:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — One week after hundreds of raging wildfires in Canada blanketed the East Coast of the U.S. in heavy smoke, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are moving to ensure communities are better ready to handle such conditions... Read More

Senate Passes Debt Limit Bill, Biden to Sign It Today
Political News
Senate Passes Debt Limit Bill, Biden to Sign It Today
2023-06-02 13:56:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Suddenly it seems there’s nothing left to talk about but the weather. After weeks of talks and amid mounting concerns that the nation might actually default on its debts for the first time in history, the Senate on... Read More

Tom Carper Opts Not to Make Reelection Bid
U.S. Senate
Tom Carper Opts Not to Make Reelection Bid
2023-05-22 19:10:22
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. — Longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Carper announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2024, capping a 20-year career in the U.S. Senate. “If there’s ever an opportune time to step aside and pass the torch to... Read More

Sen. Tim Scott Officially Enters 2024 Presidential Contest
Political News
Sen. Tim Scott Officially Enters 2024 Presidential Contest
2023-05-19 18:15:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., filed paperwork on Friday officially making him a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Scott, the U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican, is scheduled to formally announce his entry into the race on Monday... Read More

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