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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... Read More

2021-12-03 15:00:39
by Dan McCue
Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Avoiding Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday night that ended the threat of a short-term government shutdown... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday night that ended the threat of a short-term government shutdown this weekend and will keep the government running through Feb. 18, 2022. The vote in the senate came just hours... Read More

2021-11-30 22:08:57
by Tom Ramstack
Toy Safety Hazards Bring Warning From Senate as Christmas Nears

WASHINGTON — Trista Hamsmith told a Senate panel Tuesday the Christmas story no parent wants to endure. Her normally lively... Read More

WASHINGTON — Trista Hamsmith told a Senate panel Tuesday the Christmas story no parent wants to endure. Her normally lively daughter, a toddler named Reese, began coughing and exhibited difficulty breathing last year. A doctor diagnosed her with a common... Read More

2021-11-23 14:13:59
by Reece Nations
Democrats' Methane Fee Proposal Faces Uncertainty in Senate

WASHINGTON — House Democrats succeeded in including a proposed fee on methane emissions in the Build Back Better Act, but... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Democrats succeeded in including a proposed fee on methane emissions in the Build Back Better Act, but the measure will have to endure scrutiny from centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., before it becomes law. The Democrats' framework... Read More

Trump-Backed Parnell Loses Custody Battle, Suspends Campaign

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sean Parnell, the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, on... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sean Parnell, the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, on Monday suspended his campaign after he lost a court fight over custody of his three children in which the judge... Read More

2021-11-15 17:00:03
by Dan McCue
Patrick Leahy, Longest-Serving Current Senator, to Retire

WASHINGTON —Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will not seek election to a ninth term in Congress, instead choosing to retire after... Read More

WASHINGTON —Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will not seek election to a ninth term in Congress, instead choosing to retire after 48 years on Capitol Hill. “It's time to put down the gavel,” Leahy said from the Vermont state house in... Read More

2021-11-09 22:25:23
by Reece Nations
Academics Weigh Filibuster’s Role Following Voting Bills’ Obstruction

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the Senate have succeeded repeatedly in thwarting the passage of both the Freedom to Vote Act... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the Senate have succeeded repeatedly in thwarting the passage of both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation crafted to overhaul the country’s election systems and secure Americans’... Read More

2021-11-09 17:03:19
by Dan McCue
Max Cleland, Who Went From Wounded Warrior to US Senate, Dies

ATLANTA — Max Cleland, who lost three limbs to a Vietnam War hand grenade blast and later served as a... Read More

ATLANTA — Max Cleland, who lost three limbs to a Vietnam War hand grenade blast and later served as a U.S. senator from Georgia, died on Tuesday.  Cleland, who was 79, died at his home in Atlanta. The cause was... Read More

2021-11-04 12:49:49
by Reece Nations
Senate Republicans Again Block Voting Rights Bill, Prompting Calls for Filibuster Reform

WASHINGTON — Republicans impeded an attempt to bring a revised version of the voting rights bill named for the late... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republicans impeded an attempt to bring a revised version of the voting rights bill named for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on Wednesday, marking the second substantial voting bill blocked by the party in two weeks. Majority... Read More

2021-11-02 20:29:41
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Senate Legislation Aims to Prevent Foreign Extortion

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday that would criminalize bribery demands by foreign officials. Although bribery is considered criminal activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act... Read More

2021-11-02 20:19:37
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Hears how Criminals Infiltrate Online Sales with Stolen or Fake Goods

WASHINGTON — While toy makers warn Christmas shoppers to beware counterfeit or stolen toys in online purchases, a Senate panel... Read More

WASHINGTON — While toy makers warn Christmas shoppers to beware counterfeit or stolen toys in online purchases, a Senate panel on Tuesday examined options for stopping them. The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard about how knockoff online sales are moving... Read More

Ex-NC Gov. McCrory Eyes Political Comeback With Senate Bid

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat... Read More

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat was a distant second. Still, when the Republican best known for signing the transgender bathroom bill narrowly lost at the... Read More

2021-10-27 15:00:34
by Victoria Turner
‘Big Tech Preys on Children’ Says Sen. Ed Markey

WASHINGTON — When Devin Norring had dental pain and could not go to a dentist he resorted to taking a... Read More

WASHINGTON — When Devin Norring had dental pain and could not go to a dentist he resorted to taking a Percocet pill that was purchased on Snapchat. The pill was laced with fentanyl and the 19-year-old died in his sleep... Read More

2021-10-26 23:11:48
by Dan McCue
Joe Lieberman Tells TWN: Centrists Are the Key to Getting Government Working Again

WASHINGTON — In a divisive age in which it seems lawmakers will run faster from a deal than they would... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a divisive age in which it seems lawmakers will run faster from a deal than they would from a burning building, it’s nice, occasionally, to hear an elder statesman talk about the government's ability to get things... Read More

Biden 'Positive' on Budget Deal; Manchin OK With Wealth Tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package. Biden... Read More

Sluggish Pace of Confirmations Vexes Biden White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's willingness to confirm a president's nominees took a downward turn during Donald Trump's first year... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's willingness to confirm a president's nominees took a downward turn during Donald Trump's first year in office. And it has only gotten worse for President Joe Biden. About 36% of Biden's nominees have been confirmed... Read More

2021-10-21 17:59:54
by Dan McCue
Schumer Vows to Quickly Advance Next Voting Rights Bill to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON –  Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Freedom to Vote Act, Majority Leader Chuck... Read More

WASHINGTON –  Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Freedom to Vote Act, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he’ll advance another voting rights bill to the floor of the chamber as early as next week.... Read More

2021-10-20 23:29:40
by Dan McCue
Senate GOP Blocks Democrats’ Election Reform Bill, Filibuster Support Softens

WASHINGTON -- Despite changes reflecting the spirit of compromise, Senate Democrats were unable on Wednesday to convince a single Republican... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Despite changes reflecting the spirit of compromise, Senate Democrats were unable on Wednesday to convince a single Republican to vote with them in support of guaranteeing Americans the right to easy access to the polls.  As a result,... Read More

2021-10-19 20:58:31
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Wants Tougher Enforcement of Sanctions Against ‘Malign Actors’

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S. foreign adversaries. The Senate seeks to protect U.S. economic policies without trampling foreign entities that could be trading partners and... Read More

2021-10-19 18:14:17
by Dan McCue
Senate to Vote on Voting Rights Bill Wednesday, Despite Filibuster Threat

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are moving ahead with plans to vote on the Freedom to Vote Act Wednesday, despite Republicans’... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are moving ahead with plans to vote on the Freedom to Vote Act Wednesday, despite Republicans’ vow to block the bill. The bill, a slimmed down version of the For the People Act, a sweeping elections... Read More

Senate Avoids a US Debt Disaster, Votes to Extend Borrowing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has dodged a U.S. debt disaster, voting to extend the government's borrowing authority into December... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has dodged a U.S. debt disaster, voting to extend the government's borrowing authority into December and temporarily avert an unprecedented federal default that experts warned would devastate the economy and harm millions of Americans. The... Read More

2021-10-07 15:03:39
by Dan McCue
Accord Reached on Raising the Nation’s Debt Limit

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats have taken Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., up on an offer that will temporarily end... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats have taken Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., up on an offer that will temporarily end a political standoff over raising the nation’s debt ceiling by allowing an emergency extension into early December. “We have reached... Read More

2021-10-06 19:37:15
by Dan McCue
McConnell Makes New Offer On Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. made a new offer to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. made a new offer to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on resolving the current Senate impasse over raising the nation’s debt limit. The immediate effect of the offer was for Senate... Read More

Biden: Senate Filibuster Change on Debt a 'Real Possibility'

WASHINGTON (AP) — To get around Republican obstruction, President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Democrats are considering a change to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — To get around Republican obstruction, President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Democrats are considering a change to the Senate's filibuster rules in order to quickly approve lifting the nation's debt limit  and avoid what would be a... Read More

2021-10-05 14:47:27
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Judiciary Committee Scrutinizes Abusive Conservatorships

Nicholas Clouse, a 28-year-old from Huntington, Indiana, suffered a traumatic brain injury from an automobile accident in 2011, that led... Read More

Nicholas Clouse, a 28-year-old from Huntington, Indiana, suffered a traumatic brain injury from an automobile accident in 2011, that led to his parents obtaining full guardianship over him.  “On the rationale that someone might take advantage of me if I... Read More

Biden Can't Budge Fellow Dems With Big Overhaul at Stake

WASHINGTON (AP) — His government overhaul plans at stake, President Joe Biden appeared unable to swiftly strike agreement with two... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — His government overhaul plans at stake, President Joe Biden appeared unable to swiftly strike agreement with two wavering Democratic senators trying to trim back his potentially historic $3.5 trillion measure that will collapse without their support. With... Read More

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