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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... Read More

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

The venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" appears poised to join the crowded Republican race for the Ohio U.S.... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looming over Senate Democrats this year is a decision that could fundamentally change Congress: whether to change... Read More

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

SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) — Mike Gravel, a former U.S. senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved bills Thursday to put video cameras in federal courts in a move that ups... Read More

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, as the partisan battle lines hardened on Capitol Hill over President Joe Biden's... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he’s struck an infrastructure deal with a bipartisan group of senators that... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is seeking President Joe Biden's support for a $953 billion infrastructure plan,... Read More

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?

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was... Read More

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

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

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia political leaders argued their case Tuesday for statehood before the U.S. Senate, where the proposal... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' expansive elections and voting bill  is all but certain to be rejected in a key... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- A group of U.S. senators responded Thursday to recent ransomware attacks by introducing legislation to impose new tactics... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON --  Three years ago, the World Economic Forum estimated the global cost of corruption to be at least $2.6... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The rise in profit-driven cyberattacks has prompted Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., to contemplate... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is eyeing an infrastructure deal  with $579 billion in new spending as... Read More

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

Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote... Read More

2021-06-09 14:11:05
by Dan McCue
White House Pulls Plug on Capito Infrastructure Talks

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden walked away from negotiations over an infrastructure bill with a group of Republicans led by... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden walked away from negotiations over an infrastructure bill with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W. Va., and now hopes to strike a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of... Read More

2021-06-08 21:07:15
by Tom Ramstack
Defense Analysts Warn Senate of China’s Multi-Pronged Threat

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned the Senate Tuesday that although China is mostly a trading partner now, its threat to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned the Senate Tuesday that although China is mostly a trading partner now, its threat to U.S. national security should not be overlooked. They described an expansionist, long-term strategy intended to displace the United States as... Read More

EXPLAINER: What's the Senate Filibuster and Why Change It?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are poised to use a filibuster to derail Democrats' effort to launch a bipartisan probe... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are poised to use a filibuster to derail Democrats' effort to launch a bipartisan probe of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The showdown will be the first vote this year when the GOP... Read More

GOP Set to Block 1/6 Panel, Stoking Senate Filibuster Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are ready to deploy the filibuster to block a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are ready to deploy the filibuster to block a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection, shattering hopes for a bipartisan probe of the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol and reviving pressure on Democrats to... Read More

Senators Try to Salvage Legislation on Jan. 6 Commission

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators labored to find a path forward for legislation creating a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators labored to find a path forward for legislation creating a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection, debating potential changes in a long-shot attempt to overcome growing GOP opposition. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe... Read More

GOP Senators Ready $1T Infrastructure Counteroffer to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans revived negotiations over President Joe Biden's sweeping investment plan, preparing a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans revived negotiations over President Joe Biden's sweeping investment plan, preparing a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that would be funded with COVID-19 relief money as a counteroffer to the White House ahead of a Memorial Day... Read More

2021-05-24 19:43:53
by TWN Staff
Murphy Passing on Challenging Rubio for Senate

Rep. Stephanie Murphy has decided not to run for U.S. Senate, a decision that appears to clear the path for... Read More

Rep. Stephanie Murphy has decided not to run for U.S. Senate, a decision that appears to clear the path for another prominent Florida Democrat, Rep. Val Demings, to do so. In a video statement released Monday , Murphy said “The... Read More

2021-05-21 13:05:07
by Tom Ramstack
Withdrawal from Afghanistan is Safe According to US Defense Officials

WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials tried to reassure sometimes skeptical members of the Senate Thursday that the ongoing U.S. military... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials tried to reassure sometimes skeptical members of the Senate Thursday that the ongoing U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan can be completed without a resurgence of terrorist threats. President Joe Biden last month ordered the withdrawal... Read More

2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue
Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

2021-04-27 17:59:28
by TWN Staff
Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged his colleagues to swiftly pass the sweeping water infrastructure bill that came... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged his colleagues to swiftly pass the sweeping water infrastructure bill that came before the chamber Tuesday, calling it a potential starting point for Democrats and Republicans to collaborate on infrastructure, "when and... Read More

2021-04-22 20:10:55
by TWN Staff
Tim Scott to Deliver Republican Response to Biden Address

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina, will deliver the GOP’s response to President Joe Biden’s address to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina, will deliver the GOP’s response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday. In announcing Scott’s selection, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell described the South Carolinian... Read More

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