U.S. Senate

2022-06-24 16:04:31
by Dan McCue
Gun Bill Garners Bipartisan Support in Senate, House Plans Friday Vote

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate easily approved a bipartisan gun control bill Thursday night, setting the stage for final approval... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate easily approved a bipartisan gun control bill Thursday night, setting the stage for final approval on Friday in the House of what many are calling the government's most decisive response ever to the rash of... Read More

2022-06-22 17:17:54
by Reece Nations
‘Bipartisan Breakthrough’ Reached on Senate Gun Safety Bill

WASHINGTON — Senators reached an agreement on Tuesday night to advance bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing violent offenders’ access to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senators reached an agreement on Tuesday night to advance bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing violent offenders’ access to firearms. The legislation passed an initial procedural process in the Senate after 14 Republicans joined all 48 Democrats and two... Read More

2022-06-21 21:24:11
by Natalie McCormick
Senate Passes PACT Act to Help Veterans

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday on the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, a bill... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday on the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, a bill that addresses health care for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances during military service.  The vote count... Read More

Facebook Removes GOP Senate Candidate's 'RINO Hunting' Video

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook on Monday removed a campaign video by Republican Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens that shows... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook on Monday removed a campaign video by Republican Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens that shows him brandishing a shotgun and declaring that he's hunting RINOs, or Republicans In Name Only. In the ad, Greitens, a... Read More

2022-06-17 20:20:37
by Madeline Hughes
Sen. Markey Questions Amazon’s Use of Ring for Surveillance

WASHINGTON — Instead of peeping through a hole to see who is at the door, it’s more common for Americans... Read More

WASHINGTON — Instead of peeping through a hole to see who is at the door, it’s more common for Americans to check their phone and see a video feed from their door when a package is dropped off, food is... Read More

2022-06-17 20:11:30
by Reece Nations
‘Bumps in the Road’ Hold Up Bipartisan Gun Deal

WASHINGTON — The Senate adjourned Friday morning without any action taken on its proposed bipartisan gun safety framework, throwing cold... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate adjourned Friday morning without any action taken on its proposed bipartisan gun safety framework, throwing cold water on the hopes that a deal would be reached before the chamber’s state work period recess. The members currently... Read More

2022-06-16 20:46:12
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Grills Health Agency Directors on Their Long-Term Pandemic Plans

WASHINGTON — Health experts told a Senate panel Thursday the drop in COVID-19 infections in the past few months should... Read More

WASHINGTON — Health experts told a Senate panel Thursday the drop in COVID-19 infections in the past few months should not lull them into complacency as the potentially deadly virus continues to mutate. Without additional preparation, the nation’s health care... Read More

2022-06-15 20:24:06
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA User Fee Programs Set to See Reauthorizations but With Changes

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted on Tuesday to advance legislation that will reauthorize... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted on Tuesday to advance legislation that will reauthorize a number of important U.S. Food and Drug Administration user fee programs. “This is the most important, comprehensive FDA legislation... Read More

2022-06-12 16:24:15
by Dan McCue
Thousands Converge on Washington Mall to Demand New Gun Laws

WASHINGTON — Thousands rallied under a mostly overcast sky on the National Mall on Saturday to demand Congress pass new... Read More

WASHINGTON — Thousands rallied under a mostly overcast sky on the National Mall on Saturday to demand Congress pass new gun control measures after a recent rash of deadly mass shootings. The peaceful protest in Washington was just one of... Read More

2022-06-09 22:08:15
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Seeks Ways to Help Europe as Russian Sanctions Cut Energy Supply

WASHINGTON — Next winter looks bleak for Europe without prompt assistance from the United States as war in Ukraine depletes... Read More

WASHINGTON — Next winter looks bleak for Europe without prompt assistance from the United States as war in Ukraine depletes energy sources, a State Department official told senators Thursday. Until the war started almost four months ago, about 27% of... Read More

Amid Crypto Turmoil, Senators Propose Sweeping Oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wide-ranging bipartisan legislation unveiled Tuesday would regulate cryptocurrencies and other digital assets following a series of high-profile busts and... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wide-ranging bipartisan legislation unveiled Tuesday would regulate cryptocurrencies and other digital assets following a series of high-profile busts and failures. It’s unclear, though, whether the bill proposed by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., can clear Congress,... Read More

Recount Begins in Pennsylvania's GOP Primary for Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Recounting began Friday in the too-close-to-call Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, with barely... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Recounting began Friday in the too-close-to-call Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, with barely 900 votes separating celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick. Montour County began the... Read More

2022-05-27 16:28:49
by Dan McCue
Senate Bill Seeks Stricter Scrutiny of ‘Safe’ Chemicals in Food

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday would tighten the rules for companies seeking pre-market... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday would tighten the rules for companies seeking pre-market approval for chemicals included in food. The legislation would also direct the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and... Read More

Senate GOP Blocks Domestic Terrorism Bill, Gun Policy Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun... Read More

2022-05-25 16:51:25
by Dan McCue
Schumer Says Fast Action on Gun Control Unlikely

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is telling colleagues that there won’t be a rush to bring new... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is telling colleagues that there won’t be a rush to bring new gun-control legislation to the floor in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, in recent... Read More

2022-05-20 15:15:01
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Lawyers' Coalition Raps Cruz on 2020 Election Efforts

AUSTIN, Texas – A bipartisan coalition of attorneys asked the Texas State Bar this week to sanction Sen. Ted Cruz,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas – A bipartisan coalition of attorneys asked the Texas State Bar this week to sanction Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for regularly repeating “demonstrably false and misleading statements to the public” in an effort to keep former President Trump... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Members from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a draft of the legislative package to... Read More

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

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

As war, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic increase global food shortages, the United States government is providing funds to ease... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The fact that defeat was in the bag didn’t reduce the sting for Senate Democrats who failed to... Read More

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

2022-05-05 20:55:56
by Tom Ramstack
High Student Debt Raises Calls for Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON — Financial experts told shocking stories Thursday at a Senate hearing of former college students trying to decide between... Read More

WASHINGTON — Financial experts told shocking stories Thursday at a Senate hearing of former college students trying to decide between basic necessities or paying their student debt. In some cases, the experts said the debt interfered with owning their homes,... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on legislation to codify a woman’s right to seek an abortion into... Read More

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

2022-05-04 23:19:39
by Madeline Hughes
Bipartisan Bill Proposed for Oversight on Broadband Funds

WASHINGTON — There’s new proposed legislation to ensure the billions of infrastructure dollars flowing throughout the country to develop broadband... Read More

WASHINGTON — There’s new proposed legislation to ensure the billions of infrastructure dollars flowing throughout the country to develop broadband internet actually create sustainable infrastructure. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the bill Tuesday, legislation that... Read More

Evacuations Under Way in Mariupol; Pelosi Visits Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — A long-awaited evacuation of civilians from a besieged steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol... Read More

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — A long-awaited evacuation of civilians from a besieged steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol was under way Sunday, as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed that she visited Ukraine's president to show unflinching American support for... Read More

Millionaire Candidates Pour Cash into Ohio, Pa. Senate races

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millionaire candidates and billionaire investors are harnessing their considerable personal wealth to try to win competitive... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millionaire candidates and billionaire investors are harnessing their considerable personal wealth to try to win competitive Republican primaries for open U.S. Senate seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mike Gibbons, an Ohio investment banker, leads the pack... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions wanted to know why the U.S. Food... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

2022-04-15 20:00:15
by Dan McCue
Iowa Supreme Court Restores Finkenauer to Senate Ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa — In a unanimous ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday restored Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer’s name... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — In a unanimous ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday restored Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer’s name to the Democratic primary ballot, once again making her the presumptive frontrunner to face longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. "This... Read More

Democrat Finkenauer Knocked Off US Senate Primary Ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has ruled that Democrat Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the June... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has ruled that Democrat Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the June 7 Iowa primary ballot for U.S. Senate because she didn't gather enough petition signatures, potentially knocking off the candidate considered... Read More

2022-04-08 18:02:38
by Dan McCue
Fiscal Watchdog Says Recess Will Give Senate Time to Fix Flaw in Relief Funding

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill introduced this week in the Senate had a fatal flaw beyond a lack... Read More

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill introduced this week in the Senate had a fatal flaw beyond a lack of support from Republicans, its “pay-as-you-go” billing was completely illusory, a prominent fiscal watchdog said Friday. The Concord Coalition is... Read More

2022-04-07 19:49:00
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Confirms First Black Woman as Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson won confirmation in the Senate Thursday to become the first Black woman to be appointed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson won confirmation in the Senate Thursday to become the first Black woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court justice. The 53-47 vote was made possible by three Republicans who crossed over to vote for... Read More

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