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Without Senate-Confirmed Leaders, Interior Rules May Be at Risk

WASHINGTON — Three Interior Department divisions have gone without Senate-confirmed leaders during the entire Trump administration, endangering department policies and decisions over violations of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Three Interior Department divisions have gone without Senate-confirmed leaders during the entire Trump administration, endangering department policies and decisions over violations of laws that govern presidential appointments and nominations. Through a series of appointments that appear to have bypassed the Appointments Clause... Read More

2020-10-27 16:00:10
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday evening, marking the first time in... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday evening, marking the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without the support of a single member of the minority party. Shortly afterward,... Read More

2020-10-22 14:40:49
by Dan McCue
Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney... Read More

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, despite a Democratic boycott on the hearing. The 12-0 vote by the committee virtually assures... Read More

Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships

WASHINGTON — The Senate's escalating partisan tug-of-war over judicial confirmations has frayed relationships in the chamber for decades, but Thursday's committee vote on Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate's escalating partisan tug-of-war over judicial confirmations has frayed relationships in the chamber for decades, but Thursday's committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett threatens to sever the rope. The vote is expected to unfold as it did for previous judicial nominees... Read More

PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes

WASHINGTON - Amid ongoing COVID-19 economic aid negotiations and the approaching election, the Senate shot down on Tuesday a standalone measure authorizing a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Amid ongoing COVID-19 economic aid negotiations and the approaching election, the Senate shot down on Tuesday a standalone measure authorizing a second round of forgivable loans to small businesses. Republicans were unified in their attempt to push forward the bill while nearly... Read More

2020-10-20 22:57:56
by Dan McCue
Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell has repeatedly said... Read More

2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

2020-10-13 12:29:06
by Tom Ramstack
Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the outcome of confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the outcome of confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett shortly after the first session started Monday morning. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all... Read More

Q&A: The Century-old Filibuster May End. Here’s Why It Matters

WASHINGTON — If Democrats win control of the Senate and White House in November, many progressives want to get rid... Read More

WASHINGTON — If Democrats win control of the Senate and White House in November, many progressives want to get rid of a long-standing Senate rule — the legislative filibuster — to ensure that their agenda in a Joe Biden presidency... Read More

2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue
The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other... Read More

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Legislation, Hours Before Deadline

WASHINGTON — The Senate easily cleared a stopgap funding measure Wednesday that would avoid a partial government shutdown in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate easily cleared a stopgap funding measure Wednesday that would avoid a partial government shutdown in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 elections. On an 84-10 vote, the Senate sent to President Donald Trump’s desk... Read More

2020-09-27 16:39:42
by Dan McCue
What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a dramatic first-term reshaping of the federal judiciary that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort. Barrett,... Read More

Is Kamala Harris the Democrats’ Secret to Stopping Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If it seemed like the most pivotal point in Kamala Harris’ quest to help Democrats win... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If it seemed like the most pivotal point in Kamala Harris’ quest to help Democrats win the White House was a looming debate with Vice President Mike Pence, that may all have changed Friday evening. Now... Read More

2020-09-22 13:58:45
by Dan McCue
McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is refusing to back down from what is sure to be an... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is refusing to back down from what is sure to be an intense fight over who will fill the Supreme Court seat now vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.... Read More

No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the slimmed-down plan — which does not include new checks for individuals — is already a deal-breaker... Read More

McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts about whether Congress can get a deal on another pandemic relief package when... Read More

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts about whether Congress can get a deal on another pandemic relief package when lawmakers return to Washington after a monthlong recess, despite the Trump administration’s push for a quick, targeted stimulus. “I don’t... Read More

After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Senate Republicans hope to vote next week on a so-called “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package even as the gap between the... Read More

Senate Republicans hope to vote next week on a so-called “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package even as the gap between the White House and Democrats remains as wide as ever. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a close ally of Majority Leader Mitch... Read More

2020-08-21 19:01:55
by Tom Ramstack
U.S. Postmaster Defends Mail Cutbacks As Driven by Financial Desperation

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. postmaster tried to convince a sometimes skeptical Senate committee Friday that recent interruptions in mail service... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. postmaster tried to convince a sometimes skeptical Senate committee Friday that recent interruptions in mail service represented only an effort to cut costs amid a tight budget. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee called the... Read More

Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see... Read More

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of... Read More

Dr. Marshall vs. Dr. Bollier: Kansas Senate Race Offers Sharp Contrast on Health Policy

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the... Read More

WASHINGTON — During a global pandemic, Kansas voters will have a choice between two doctors offering competing remedies for the current crisis and the health care system as a whole. In the race for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat, U.S.... Read More

2020-08-04 20:24:31
by Dan McCue
Senators Say After Pandemic, Extending Broadband to Underserved Areas a Must

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan trio of senators urged their colleagues Tuesday to create a $10 billion fund to extend broadband cable access into underserved rural communities. The Governors' Broadband Development Fund bill was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and... Read More

2020-08-03 21:02:49
by Reece Nations
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting... Read More

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children... Read More

Republicans Roll Out $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan to Start Talks with Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans presented their $1 trillion plan to bolster the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy in a series of bills... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans presented their $1 trillion plan to bolster the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy in a series of bills that would trim extra unemployment benefits, send $1,200 payments to most Americans, and shield businesses, schools and other organizations from... Read More

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

2020-07-22 13:28:01
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to crack down on them during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The proposals would set new standards for data privacy, penalize price-gougers... Read More

2020-07-22 12:53:24
by Gaspard Le Dem
Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid

WASHINGTON -- Nurses from National Nurses United gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning to honor the lives of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Nurses from National Nurses United gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning to honor the lives of fellow health care workers who have died from the coronavirus, and to urge Congress to pass legislation to protect them... Read More

2020-07-21 17:43:23
by Dan McCue
McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to be in the Republican-controlled Senate's next coronavirus relief proposal. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, McConnell said the GOP... Read More

Graham Plans to Invite Mueller to Testify on Russian Probe

Sen. Lindsey Graham is preparing to invite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a Senate panel about the... Read More

Sen. Lindsey Graham is preparing to invite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a Senate panel about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a spokesperson for the panel’s Republican majority. Graham of South... Read More

With a Senate Majority in Reach, Democratic Candidates Rake in Massive Donations

A group of Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. senators has once again posted massive fundraising numbers, raising the party’s... Read More

A group of Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. senators has once again posted massive fundraising numbers, raising the party’s hopes of reclaiming the Senate from the GOP in the November election. The Democrats’ figures, which include donations between April... Read More

2020-06-24 14:03:38
by Reece Nations
Senators Urge McConnell Not To Hold Floor Vote on ‘Partisan’ Fifth Circuit Nominee

WASHINGTON – A group of influential Democratic Senators are urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deny a confirmation vote of... Read More

WASHINGTON – A group of influential Democratic Senators are urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deny a confirmation vote of President Donald Trump’s nominee for a vacant United States appeals court seat. The legislators appealed to McConnell in a letter... Read More

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