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2022-01-21 19:38:34
by Tom Ramstack
Antitrust Bill Targets Big Tech For Preferential Treatment Given to Their Own Products

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved antitrust legislation Thursday that bans Big Tech from giving a preference to their... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved antitrust legislation Thursday that bans Big Tech from giving a preference to their own products and services on their internet platforms. The American Innovation and Choice Online Act responds to criticism that Amazon,... Read More

Voting Bill Collapses, Democrats Unable to Change Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The... Read More

2022-01-18 21:49:59
by Dan McCue
‘Eye of Nation Watching’ as Voting Rights Bill Appears Headed for Defeat

WASHINGTON — With the defeat of sweeping voting rights legislation all but certain in the Senate this week, Majority Leader... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the defeat of sweeping voting rights legislation all but certain in the Senate this week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed a different goal as he opened the chamber’s session on Tuesday, forcing all senators to go on... Read More

Sinema, Manchin Slammed as Senate Begins Voting Bill Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing stark criticism from civil rights leaders, senators return to Capitol Hill under intense pressure to change... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing stark criticism from civil rights leaders, senators return to Capitol Hill under intense pressure to change their rules and break a Republican filibuster that has hopelessly stalled voting legislation. The Senate is set to launch debate Tuesday... Read More

2022-01-14 22:31:24
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Bills Seek to Enforce Bans on Stock Trades by Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and selling stocks while they hold public office. The bills from Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley follow... Read More

2022-01-14 18:47:46
by Tom Ramstack
Senator Who Clashed with Dr. Fauci Proposes Financial Disclosure Bill

WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator from Kansas who clashed with disease expert Anthony Fauci this week said he plans to... Read More

WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator from Kansas who clashed with disease expert Anthony Fauci this week said he plans to introduce a bill intended to force more disclosure of personal finances onto highly-paid government employees.  Sen. Roger Marshall is calling... Read More

2022-01-14 00:16:24
by Dan McCue
Sinema, Manchin Double Down on Opposition to Curbing Filibuster

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, but she all but doomed the bill to failure by announcing she opposes a change to filibuster rules to bypass... Read More

2022-01-13 22:40:36
by Tom Ramstack
Older Americans Need Financial Literacy for Self-Sufficiency, Witnesses Tell Senate

WASHINGTON — America’s senior population is growing but the resources to help them maintain financial self-sufficiency are falling behind, according... Read More

WASHINGTON — America’s senior population is growing but the resources to help them maintain financial self-sufficiency are falling behind, according to advocates for the elderly at a Senate hearing Thursday. The Senate Special Committee on Aging held the hearing as... Read More

2022-01-13 00:34:22
by Dan McCue
President to Meet With Senate Democrats to Craft Filibuster Plan

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Capitol Hill Thursday to begin crafting a plan to pass a pair... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Capitol Hill Thursday to begin crafting a plan to pass a pair of voting rights bills that have been stalled in the Senate for months. A major focus of Biden’s lunchtime visit... Read More

2022-01-12 00:14:48
by Dan McCue
Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down, drag-out brawl of the year. The “it,” of course, is the raging war of words over Senate Democrats' effort to... Read More

2022-01-11 22:15:22
by Tom Ramstack
Disease Experts Tell Senate End of Pandemic Is Elusive

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of... Read More

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts only cautiously held out hope for an end to the pandemic soon. One of... Read More

Invoking Jan. 6, Dems Pivot to Fight for Voting Legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping voting legislation, arguing dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election demand an extraordinary response. In fiery speeches... Read More

2022-01-07 19:05:52
by Kate Michael
Bipartisan Politicians Packed the Pews for Jan. 6 Isakson Memorial

ATLANTA — Many of those not taking part in Jan. 6 proceedings on Capitol Hill were instead coming together in... Read More

ATLANTA — Many of those not taking part in Jan. 6 proceedings on Capitol Hill were instead coming together in the spirit of commemoration to honor the late Sen. Johnny Isakson at his memorial in Atlanta on Thursday.  Pews at... Read More

2022-01-05 23:03:04
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Officials Seek Assurances Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Won’t Be Repeated

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol but made no effort to hide their lingering anger. The Justice Department announced last week that 725 suspects have been... Read More

2022-01-03 19:12:20
by Dan McCue
Schumer Says Vote on Quashing Filibuster Could Come by Jan. 17

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus released Monday that if Republicans continue to block sweeping voting rights legislation currently stalled in the chamber, a vote on amending or doing away... Read More

2022-01-03 18:47:09
by Dan McCue
Harry Reid to Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who capped a 30-year career in the Senate by rising to majority leader,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who capped a 30-year career in the Senate by rising to majority leader, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy... Read More

Harry Reid Remembered as a Fighter, Skilled Senate Dealmaker

LAS VEGAS (AP) — He was an accomplished amateur boxer who'd rather dance. But Harry Reid was fond of reminding... Read More

LAS VEGAS (AP) — He was an accomplished amateur boxer who'd rather dance. But Harry Reid was fond of reminding his opponents that he knew how to fight, too. That skill took him far — from poverty in Searchlight, Nevada,... Read More

Johnny Isakson, Former Georgia Republican U.S. Senator, Dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Johnny Isakson, an affable Georgia Republican politician who rose from the ranks of the state legislature to... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Johnny Isakson, an affable Georgia Republican politician who rose from the ranks of the state legislature to become a U.S. senator known as an effective, behind-the-scenes consensus builder, died Sunday. He was 76.  Isakson's son John Isakson... Read More

2021-12-17 16:01:38
by Dan McCue
Senate Parliamentarian Rejects Immigration Provisions in Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON — Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has rejected a plan by Democrats to include several immigration policy reforms in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has rejected a plan by Democrats to include several immigration policy reforms in the $2 trillion Build Back Better Act currently on hold in the chamber. MacDonough ruled against providing work permits and protections... Read More

$2T Bill Stalled, Senate Dems Seem Ready to Move on for Now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' vast social and environment package languished in Senate limbo Thursday as leaders' hopes for resolving holdout... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' vast social and environment package languished in Senate limbo Thursday as leaders' hopes for resolving holdout Sen. Joe Manchin's demands and considering the bill in this year's waning days seemed all but dead. After weeks of... Read More

2021-12-15 20:31:33
by Dan McCue
Senate Approves Defense Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday afternoon passed the National Defense Authorization Act, ending a prolonged standoff on amendments, many... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday afternoon passed the National Defense Authorization Act, ending a prolonged standoff on amendments, many of which were jettisoned from the final bill. In the end the vote was a decidedly bipartisan 89-10. The bill... Read More

2021-12-15 16:01:38
by Dan McCue
Tester, Moran, Leading Push for More Transparency In VA Health Records Project

WASHINGTON —Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., are leading a bipartisan effort to increase transparency surrounding the Department... Read More

WASHINGTON —Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., are leading a bipartisan effort to increase transparency surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record Modernization program. This past summer, the VA’s Office of Inspector General released a series... Read More

2021-12-15 15:46:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Field Hearing On Reducing Gun Trafficking And Violence

CHICAGO — On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in Chicago on reducing violence in the city... Read More

CHICAGO — On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in Chicago on reducing violence in the city where homicide rates have increased more than 4% in the last year. “At least 12 major cities have set homicide... Read More

2021-12-14 20:47:38
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Examines Stablecoins as Replacement for Bitcoins

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel discussed strategies Tuesday for the U.S. government to participate in the growth of cryptocurrencies but... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel discussed strategies Tuesday for the U.S. government to participate in the growth of cryptocurrencies but to avoid economic calamities. Financial advisors told the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee they face a daunting task.... Read More

Biden to Pay Tribute to 'American Giant' Bob Dole at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Dole will lie in state Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, as the president and others gather... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Dole will lie in state Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, as the president and others gather to pay tribute to an “American giant” who served the country in war and in politics with pragmatism, self-deprecating wit... Read More

2021-12-08 17:27:26
by Dan McCue
House Approves Measure to Assure Swift Passage of Debt Ceiling Increase

WASHINGTON — The House approved legislation on Tuesday paving the way for an increase in the debt ceiling after congressional... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House approved legislation on Tuesday paving the way for an increase in the debt ceiling after congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle agreed to an unusual procedure that could avert the nation’s first-ever budget default.... Read More

2021-12-07 20:58:14
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Considers Closing Guantanamo Detention Facility

WASHINGTON — The fiasco of international politics created by the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, drew calls to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The fiasco of international politics created by the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, drew calls to close it down from some lawmakers Tuesday at a Senate hearing. They described the detention facility that has held suspected... Read More

2021-12-07 20:32:59
by Dan McCue
Senate Confirms Rosenworcel as Next FCC Chair

WASHINGTON — Jessica Rosenworcel has been reappointed as FCC commissioner, making her the first female chair in the agency’s nearly... Read More

WASHINGTON — Jessica Rosenworcel has been reappointed as FCC commissioner, making her the first female chair in the agency’s nearly 90-year history. The Senate vote on Tuesday was 68-31. In a floor speech shortly beforehand, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,... Read More

2021-12-06 20:39:11
by Dan McCue
Former Sen. Dole to Lie In State in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Dole, R- Kan., will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Dec.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Dole, R- Kan., will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Dec. 9. Dole, who died Sunday morning after a battle with lung cancer, served in the U.S. Army in World War... Read More

2021-12-05 17:56:16
by Dan McCue
Bob Dole, Senate GOP Leader in By-Gone Era, Dies

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., who went from majority leader to his party’s presidential candidate in 1996, died... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., who went from majority leader to his party’s presidential candidate in 1996, died Sunday morning at age 98. According to a statement released through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the former senator died peacefully in... Read More

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