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Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change
Climate
Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change
2021-07-23 12:32:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tracy Harden, owner of Chuck’s Dairy Bar in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, told a Senate panel Thursday about how a 2019 flood along the Mississippi River Delta devastated her community. High waters inundated 548,000 acres, nearly half of it... Read More

Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Bill Fails First Vote; Senate to Try Again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before... Read More

Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster
Political News
Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal  senators brokered with President Joe Biden is hanging precariously ahead of a crucial Wednesday test vote as they struggle over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending. Tensions were... Read More

McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike
Health
McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans Tuesday to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from... Read More

Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
Political News
Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression
2021-07-20 21:13:07
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with his Democratic colleagues earlier last week to discuss the proposed budget deal legislation. Democrats are hoping to pass the budget plan using the... Read More

Senator: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Loses IRS Provision
Infrastructure
Senator: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Loses IRS Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to strengthen IRS enforcement to crack down on tax scofflaws and help fund a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending bill is officially off the table, Republican Sen. Rob Portman said Sunday. Portman, who is... Read More

Top Senate Dem Sets Infrastructure Vote, Pressures Lawmakers
Infrastructure
Top Senate Dem Sets Infrastructure Vote, Pressures Lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats' desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar agenda. Schumer, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Senators Push Bipartisan Bill to Make Ethanol Blends Available Year-Round
Energy
Senators Push Bipartisan Bill to Make Ethanol Blends Available Year-Round
2021-07-15 20:30:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the wake of a federal appeals court ruling striking restrictions on the summertime sale of ethanol blended fuel, a bipartisan trio of senators is seeking to ensure that low-carbon, 15% ethanol fuel blends are available for purchase... Read More

Biden Visits Capitol Hill to Firm Up Support for Budget Deal
Political News
Biden Visits Capitol Hill to Firm Up Support for Budget Deal
2021-07-14 20:09:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday for a working lunch with Senate Democrats, a day after party leaders announced a compromise, $3.5 trillion budget deal that pours federal dollars into a slew of climate change... Read More

Senators: Its Time to Consider Ending Federal Prohibition on Cannabis
Marijuana
Senators: Its Time to Consider Ending Federal Prohibition on Cannabis
2021-07-14 20:06:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON. –  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. announced Wednesday he would join Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.Y. and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in bringing forward legislation to end the federal prohibition on cannabis. The trio of senators was set to unveil... Read More

Senate Democrats Reach $3.5 Trillion Budget Agreement
Federal Budget
Senate Democrats Reach $3.5 Trillion Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday that they'd reached a budget agreement envisioning spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade, paving the way for their drive to pour federal resources into climate change, health care and... Read More

Democrats Eye Immigration Action in Budget, But Outlook Hazy
U.S. Senate
Democrats Eye Immigration Action in Budget, But Outlook Hazy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and immigration advocates are staring at their best chance in years to overcome Republican opposition and give millions of people in the U.S. without legal authorization a way to become citizens. Their goal is to... Read More

With McCain in Mind, Sinema Reaches for Bipartisanship
U.S. Senate
With McCain in Mind, Sinema Reaches for Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than for her shock of purple hair or unpredictable votes, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is perhaps best known for doing the unthinkable in Washington: She spends time on the Republican side of the aisle.  Not only... Read More

'Hillbilly Elegy' Author JD Vance Signals US Senate Campaign
Political News
'Hillbilly Elegy' Author JD Vance Signals US Senate Campaign

The venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" appears poised to join the crowded Republican race for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman. JD Vance, whose book was widely seen in 2016 as helping explain Republican... Read More

Senators to Watch as Dems Debate Changing Filibuster Rules
U.S. Senate
Senators to Watch as Dems Debate Changing Filibuster Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looming over Senate Democrats this year is a decision that could fundamentally change Congress: whether to change or eliminate the rules of the filibuster to enact President Joe Biden's agenda.  Liberal advocates have pushed hard for the... Read More

Mike Gravel, Former US Senator for Alaska, Dies at 91
U.S. Senate
Mike Gravel, Former US Senator for Alaska, Dies at 91

SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) — Mike Gravel, a former U.S. senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record and confronted Barack Obama about nuclear weapons during a later presidential run, has died. He was 91. Gravel, who... Read More

Cameras in Courts Proposal Wins Early Support in Senate
Courts
Cameras in Courts Proposal Wins Early Support in Senate
2021-06-25 13:54:57
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved bills Thursday to put video cameras in federal courts in a move that ups the chances more of the proceedings will reach household televisions soon. If the proposed legislation wins as expected in a... Read More

Analysis: Biden Rebuts Doubts, Wins Bet on Bipartisanship
Infrastructure
Analysis: Biden Rebuts Doubts, Wins Bet on Bipartisanship

NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, as the partisan battle lines hardened on Capitol Hill over President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, his calls for bipartisanship seemed increasingly out of step. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his goal was... Read More

Bipartisan Efforts Win the Day As Senators, White House Strike Infrastructure Deal
Infrastructure
Bipartisan Efforts Win the Day As Senators, White House Strike Infrastructure Deal
2021-06-24 23:24:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he’s struck an infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators that will provide about $579 billion in new investments in broadband internet, roads, bridges and the electric grid. The deal’s overall... Read More

Senators Push $953B Infrastructure Plan, Raise Hope for Deal
Infrastructure
Senators Push $953B Infrastructure Plan, Raise Hope for Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is seeking President Joe Biden's support for a $953 billion infrastructure plan, raising hopes for a breakthrough agreement after arduous negotiations on his top legislative priority. Biden has invited members of the... Read More

Explainer: What's Next Now That  GOP Has Blocked Voting Bill?
Political News
Explainer: What's Next Now That GOP Has Blocked Voting Bill?

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening... Read More

Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
Political News
Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
2021-06-22 23:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to advance the bill and start debate. Thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion, it was nevertheless a blow to Democrats'... Read More

D.C. Statehood Faces Biggest Hurdle as Vote Approaches in U.S. Senate
Political News
D.C. Statehood Faces Biggest Hurdle as Vote Approaches in U.S. Senate
2021-06-22 19:49:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia political leaders argued their case Tuesday for statehood before the U.S. Senate, where the proposal faces long odds among Republicans. Officially, the argument focuses on whether D.C. statehood is constitutionally a matter of discretion for... Read More

GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown
U.S. Senate
GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' expansive elections and voting bill  is all but certain to be rejected in a key test vote in the Senate, providing a dramatic example of Republicans' use of the filibuster  to block legislation and forcing... Read More

Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Manchin Plan
U.S. Senate
Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Manchin Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats... Read More

Senators Try to Get Tough On Rise in Cybercrime
Cybersecurity
Senators Try to Get Tough On Rise in Cybercrime
2021-06-17 19:28:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A group of U.S. senators responded Thursday to recent ransomware attacks by introducing legislation to impose new tactics and harsh penalties on cyberattackers. They pinned much of the blame on Russia, despite denials a day earlier by Russian... Read More

Cardin Looks to Establish U.S. Anti-Corruption Policy As National Security Priority
National Security
Cardin Looks to Establish U.S. Anti-Corruption Policy As National Security Priority
2021-06-17 14:38:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON --  Three years ago, the World Economic Forum estimated the global cost of corruption to be at least $2.6 trillion, or 5% of the global gross domestic product.  From illicit finance to bribery and graft, financial crimes have generally... Read More

Warner Contemplates Mandatory Cyberattack Reporting Bill
Cybersecurity
Warner Contemplates Mandatory Cyberattack Reporting Bill
2021-06-16 14:15:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The rise in profit-driven cyberattacks has prompted Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., to contemplate a mandatory reporting bill so law enforcement can promptly take action on urgent threats. Warner told Axios recently that he... Read More

Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit
Courts
Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit
2021-06-15 14:49:45
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday in what could be a move for her toward the Supreme Court. Jackson, 50, was nominated to... Read More

Senators Eye $579B in New Infrastructure Spending, $1T Plan
Political News
Senators Eye $579B in New Infrastructure Spending, $1T Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is eyeing an infrastructure deal  with $579 billion in new spending as negotiators try to strike a nearly $1 trillion deal on President Joe Biden's top priority, according to those briefed on... Read More

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