'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author Eyes Senate Bid in Ohio
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'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author Eyes Senate Bid in Ohio

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a U.S. senator.  Vance, the "Hillbilly Elegy" author and a fellow Middletown native, broke out of poverty and family chaos and... Read More

EXPLAINER: Senate Eyes Budget Rule to Push Past Filibuster
U.S. Senate
EXPLAINER: Senate Eyes Budget Rule to Push Past Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Senate split 50-50, leaders of the Democratic majority are looking for ways to advance their priorities and President Joe Biden's agenda  around the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster  by opponents. This week,... Read More

Senate Extends Paycheck Protection Program Through May
Congress
Senate Extends Paycheck Protection Program Through May
2021-03-25 21:12:56
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted 92-7 Thursday to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to the end of May after rejecting Republican efforts to reshape the program and stymie the vote altogether.  The popular program was scheduled to expire on March 31.... Read More

Senate Vote for Gun Violence Reform is Complicated by Filibuster
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Senate Vote for Gun Violence Reform is Complicated by Filibuster

WASHINGTON-  The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on common sense gun prevention after two mass shootings occurred in Atlanta and Boulder this past week.  Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., started the hearing with a moment of silence and a... Read More

Strong Bipartisan Support Bouys Garland to AG
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Strong Bipartisan Support Bouys Garland to AG
2021-03-10 20:47:58
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Judge Merrick Garland to serve as the nation's next attorney general on Wednesday, with strong, bipartisan showing of support. When the vote was over, the man once denied a U.S. Supreme Court seat due to... Read More

Child Tax Credit Expansion Sets Up Showdown With GOP
Congress
Child Tax Credit Expansion Sets Up Showdown With GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive coronavirus relief plan making its way to President Joe Biden's desk includes a plan to temporarily raise the child tax credit that could end up permanently changing the way the country deals with child poverty.... Read More

Blunt Won't Seek Senate Reelection in 2022
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Blunt Won't Seek Senate Reelection in 2022
2021-03-08 18:32:21
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., surprised many on Capitol Hill Monday by announcing he will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. Blunt was widely expected to seek a third term in 2022, but in a video... Read More

Senate Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package
Congress
Senate Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package
2021-03-06 19:48:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Saturday afternoon narrowly passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package with a 50-49 vote down party lines, moving the rescue plan one step closer to President Joe Biden’s desk. The package, settled on after hours... Read More

Senate Nears Relief Bill Votes After Half-Day GOP Delay
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Senate Nears Relief Bill Votes After Half-Day GOP Delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate steered on Friday toward a voting marathon on Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. The chamber planned... Read More

Women Take Charge of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office
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Women Take Charge of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office
2021-03-04 16:54:39
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - For the first time in its history, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office will be led by a team composed entirely of women. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced Wednesday that retired Army Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson will be the... Read More

Biden's Cabinet Half-Empty After Slow Start in Confirmations
White House
Biden's Cabinet Half-Empty After Slow Start in Confirmations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure. Among Biden's 23 nominees... Read More

Minimum Wage Hike All But Dead in Big COVID Relief Bill
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Minimum Wage Hike All But Dead in Big COVID Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead as the Senate prepared to debate its own version of the House-passed aid package.  Four days after the... Read More

Trump's Trial Starting: 'Grievous Crime' or Just 'Theater'?
Impeachment
Trump's Trial Starting: 'Grievous Crime' or Just 'Theater'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate launches Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, with lawyers for the former president insisting he is not guilty of inciting mob violence at the Capitol to overturn the election while prosecutors say he... Read More

CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
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CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
2021-02-08 20:24:19
by TWN Staff

About Padilla:  Alex Padilla, California’s then-secretary of state, was appointed to fill the Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in late December 2020.  Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s selection of Padilla, a longtime friend and political ally, ended months of jockeying for the appointment among Democratic factions across the state.  It also... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed
Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege and Republicans who want it... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change
Climate
Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change
2021-02-03 22:26:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee reviewed U.S. progress toward reducing climate change Wednesday to determine whether the nation is ready for President Joe Biden’s executive orders on environmental policy. The witnesses and senators spent much of their time discussing emissions... Read More

Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief
White House
Biden to Meet with GOP Lawmakers to Discuss Virus Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking in coronavirus aid, though congressional Democrats are poised to move... Read More

Filibuster Stays, Paving Way for Power-Sharing Agreement
U.S. Senate
Filibuster Stays, Paving Way for Power-Sharing Agreement
2021-01-26 14:50:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell dropped his demand that Democrats maintain the Senate filibuster — ending an early stalemate in the Senate that prevented party leaders from negotiating a power-sharing agreement. McConnell announced Monday night that he was... Read More

Portman Won't Run for Reelection, Cites Partisanship
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Portman Won't Run for Reelection, Cites Partisanship
2021-01-25 19:53:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has been trying to walk a political tightrope since the House impeached former President Donald Trump last week, revealed Monday morning that he will not seek re-election to a third term in 2022.... Read More

McConnell Seeks to Push Trump Impeachment Trial to February
Impeachment
McConnell Seeks to Push Trump Impeachment Trial to February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump's impeachment trial to February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case. House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last... Read More

McConnell Rebukes Trump for Feeding 'Lies' to Protesters Who Stormed Capitol
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McConnell Rebukes Trump for Feeding 'Lies' to Protesters Who Stormed Capitol
2021-01-19 20:27:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opened the Senate on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke for President Donald Trump, saying the outgoing chief executive "fed lies" to protestors who carried out a deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol... Read More

Harris Prepares for Central Role in Biden's White House
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Harris Prepares for Central Role in Biden's White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only... Read More

What Biden Can and Can't Get From an Evenly Divided Senate
U.S. Senate
What Biden Can and Can't Get From an Evenly Divided Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were... Read More

Fate of Biden Agenda Rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate
U.S. Senate
Fate of Biden Agenda Rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of... Read More

Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?
State News
Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.... Read More

Warnock Makes History With Senate Win as Dems Near Majority
Georgia
Warnock Makes History With Senate Win as Dems Near Majority

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years... Read More

One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
Elections
One Last Election Day: Georgia Deciding Control of US Senate
2021-01-05 18:51:41
by Reece Nations

Georgia voters will decide the balance of power in Congress Tuesday in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden's ability to enact his governing agenda. Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler... Read More

Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'
State News
Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'

ATLANTA -- Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock delivered what his campaign billed as a closing message Tuesday in an ad that accuses Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of "trying to make you afraid of me because she's afraid of you."... Read More

McConnell Has Support In Hand to Override Trump’s Defense Bill Veto
U.S. Senate
McConnell Has Support In Hand to Override Trump’s Defense Bill Veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of this year’s defense bill, dealing an embarrassing blow to the outgoing commander in chief that suggests his firm grip on the Republican Party is loosening. McConnell,... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election
State News
Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election

ATLANTA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop the Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia. Attorney L. Lin Wood Jr. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta earlier this month, saying Georgia’s processes... Read More

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