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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

McConnell’s Push to Confirm Judges May Mean Another Tradition Is Dead

WASHINGTON — A ghost from the old Senate that haunts the chamber’s judicial confirmation fights seems to be disappearing from... Read More

WASHINGTON — A ghost from the old Senate that haunts the chamber’s judicial confirmation fights seems to be disappearing from the floor this year — and might be fading away for good. At about this time during presidential election years,... Read More

2020-06-11 21:19:35
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Committee Plans to Subpoena Investigators from Mueller Report

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee voted Thursday to reopen the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election with plans... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee voted Thursday to reopen the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election with plans to question the investigators. The Republican-led move responds to allegations by President Trump that his top officials were targeted for... Read More

2020-06-10 17:47:03
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying to make easy money off vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. They accused con artists of selling fake vaccines and... Read More

Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.... Read More

2020-06-03 19:50:25
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control

WASHINGTON - The further move this week by cities to reopen as coronavirus infections subside is raising concerns about a... Read More

WASHINGTON - The further move this week by cities to reopen as coronavirus infections subside is raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease, particularly in jails. The worries were heightened by protests this week against police brutality that drew... Read More

2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

2020-05-22 13:09:03
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from the ravages of coronavirus. The Senate Special Committee on Aging listened to medical experts’ opinions on measures needed to help... Read More

2020-05-21 20:24:12
by Dan McCue
Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence, placing him at the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence, placing him at the head of several agencies from which President Donald Trump jettisoned official after official. The last Senate-confirmed director of national intelligence,... Read More

2020-05-19 13:59:18
by Dan McCue
Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been tapped to be the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, taking... Read More

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been tapped to be the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, taking the place of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who stepped down last week amid an investigation into his stock transactions. Burr... Read More

Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily passed an amended bill to revive and increase oversight of surveillance powers. Senators... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily passed an amended bill to revive and increase oversight of surveillance powers. Senators voted, 80-16, to pass the measure before finishing up work on Capitol Hill for the week. Under a previous agreement,... Read More

Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

2020-05-08 13:43:09
by Gaspard Le Dem
Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology

WASHINGTON - Top federal lawmakers argued for multi-billion dollar investments in new technology to test for coronavirus and develop vaccines... Read More

WASHINGTON - Top federal lawmakers argued for multi-billion dollar investments in new technology to test for coronavirus and develop vaccines against it during a Senate hearing Thursday. They also agreed with government health administrators they face an uncertain outcome for... Read More

Polls Show Collins Could Lose Senate Seat To ‘Pragmatic’ Dem Challenger

In 2014, Susan Collins was looking at an easy victory in Maine. The veteran Senator was well-funded, well-liked, and faced... Read More

In 2014, Susan Collins was looking at an easy victory in Maine. The veteran Senator was well-funded, well-liked, and faced little competition in her bid for re-election. Her main challenger, Shenna Bellows, was a young progressive with no name recognition... Read More

2020-03-17 14:08:05
by Dan McCue
Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities

WASHINGTON - The Senate reached a short-term deal Monday night on reinstating national security authorities that expired over the weekend,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate reached a short-term deal Monday night on reinstating national security authorities that expired over the weekend, giving the chamber a chance to pivot to debate coronavirus relief legislation. Senators unanimously agreed to a 77-day extension of... Read More

With 2 Senate Seats in Play, All Bets Are on in Georgia for Political Groups

WASHINGTON — For only the third time in history, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats are up for election in... Read More

WASHINGTON — For only the third time in history, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats are up for election in the same year, drawing unusually strong attention from national Democratic groups who see an opportunity this November in a state... Read More

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