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What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?

WASHINGTON — With increasing prospects of a 50-50 tie on the Friday vote to subpoena witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment... Read More

WASHINGTON — With increasing prospects of a 50-50 tie on the Friday vote to subpoena witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Democrats are considering how they might be able to nudge Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in... Read More

Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses

WASHINGTON — With the announcement from a key Republican that he won’t back a call for witnesses in President Donald... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the announcement from a key Republican that he won’t back a call for witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Republicans are likely to wrap up the trial quickly, perhaps as soon as Friday evening. Democrats’ hopes... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Sit, Spin and Fidget During Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy charted a course along the back corner of the Senate chamber Thursday during President Donald... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy charted a course along the back corner of the Senate chamber Thursday during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The Louisiana Republican walked through an area usually reserved for staff seating, hands in pockets, retracing a... Read More

Impeachment Cellphone Ban Gives Senate Pages a Workout

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial may be requiring senators to stay seated hour after agonizing hour, but there’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial may be requiring senators to stay seated hour after agonizing hour, but there’s one group getting more exercise than they’ve seen in years: Senate pages. The blue-jacket-clad teens have been running all over... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Struggle to Sit in Silence at Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham looked restless during the first hour of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, when none of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham looked restless during the first hour of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, when none of the senators had access to their cellphones and the president’s lawyers and the House managers traded procedural arguments. It was... Read More

Senate Approves Impeachment Trial Rules, Rejecting Witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.... Read More

Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a stare-down over the terms... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a stare-down over the terms of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, which carries political risks for both sides if it continues deeper into January. The... Read More

Pompeo Says He Doesn’t Want to Run for Senate, But Updates Old Campaign Site

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s old congressional campaign website now redirects visitors to his newly created personal Twitter... Read More

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s old congressional campaign website now redirects visitors to his newly created personal Twitter account. The change to MikePompeo.com, which took place on Dec. 27, comes as Pompeo publicly downplays his interest in a... Read More

House Democrats Pass High-Water Mark in Fights Against Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats scored a series of damaging revelations about Donald Trump when they launched their impeachment investigation, but now... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democrats scored a series of damaging revelations about Donald Trump when they launched their impeachment investigation, but now they’ll begin a crucial election year with the challenge that the most dramatic moments are likely behind them. Even by... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial: Squaring Off in the Senate

WASHINGTON — A senior White House official and leading Senate Republicans predicted Sunday that congressional Democrats would fail in their... Read More

WASHINGTON — A senior White House official and leading Senate Republicans predicted Sunday that congressional Democrats would fail in their bid to force the Senate to summon witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial. Democrats countered by asking why, if Trump... Read More

2019-12-20 19:42:55
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Grapples with Spiraling Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate committee sought answers again Tuesday on how to stop a nationwide crisis of opioid addictions... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate committee sought answers again Tuesday on how to stop a nationwide crisis of opioid addictions while acknowledging their previous efforts have largely failed. A record 61,300 people died from drug overdoses in 2017 in the... Read More

Democrats Set Up Senate Trial Strategy Ahead of Impeachment Vote

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are nearing one of the most important decisions in their effort to impeach Donald Trump: Who... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are nearing one of the most important decisions in their effort to impeach Donald Trump: Who will bear the historic duty of prosecuting the president in next year’s Senate trial. With the House planning to vote... Read More

Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system

Young people facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system soon could have easier access to federal... Read More

Young people facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system soon could have easier access to federal housing vouchers. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is joining with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to propose legislation... Read More

Kelly Loeffler to Have Powerful Ally After She’s Tapped to Fill Georgia Senate Seat

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he’s picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S.... Read More

ATLANTA — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he’s picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she’ll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support... Read More

2019-11-15 20:38:05
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration official told a U.S. Senate committee this week that new regulations to control... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration official told a U.S. Senate committee this week that new regulations to control vaping are likely coming soon, but couldn’t say when. His testimony drew rebukes and words of frustration from members of... Read More

Senate Democrats Push House Gun Provisions in Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced the same Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill passed by the House, days... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced the same Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill passed by the House, days after they say talks with Republicans about a compromise broke down over controversial gun provisions. The entire Democratic caucus has... Read More

2019-10-08 22:29:29
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Prevent Interference in 2020 Election

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday urged both Congress and the Trump administration to take sweeping action... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday urged both Congress and the Trump administration to take sweeping action to ensure social media sites aren't used as platforms for interference in the 2020 presidential election. The Senate Intelligence Committee... Read More

2019-10-04 17:45:50
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Bill Seeks to End Confusion Over Liability for Hemp Shipments

WASHINGTON - A provision in the Justice Department’s annual funding bill is likely to alter the criminal liability risks for... Read More

WASHINGTON - A provision in the Justice Department’s annual funding bill is likely to alter the criminal liability risks for sellers and handlers of cannabis products. Ten states have authorized limited sales of the psychoactive drug for recreation, despite the... Read More

2019-09-27 21:05:44
by Dan McCue
Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply rebuked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday for allowing 200 days to elapse without... Read More

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply rebuked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday for allowing 200 days to elapse without any action on H.R. 1, the sweeping reform package the House of Representatives passed last winter. "We sent this legislation... Read More

2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting... Read More

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

2019-09-06 21:13:11
by Dan McCue
Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

WASHINGTON - As Congress adjourned for its August recess, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, known as the USMCA, seemed to be... Read More

WASHINGTON - As Congress adjourned for its August recess, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, known as the USMCA, seemed to be the last thing on anyone's mind. At the time, an impending fiscal crisis had just been averted, and lawmakers, media... Read More

2019-09-06 21:00:26
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Says Continuing Resolution Will Be Necessary to Avoid Another Shutdown

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Thursday that a continuing resolution will be necessary to keep the... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Thursday that a continuing resolution will be necessary to keep the government funded past Oct. 1 and prevent the second shutdown in less than a year. In a letter to House... Read More

2019-09-06 14:15:44
by Dan McCue
New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of New Democrat Coalition task forces on work and national security sent letters to the House... Read More

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of New Democrat Coalition task forces on work and national security sent letters to the House Appropriations Committee this week urging them to retain key House-passed amendments when conference deliberations get underway on the FY2020 appropriations... Read More

2019-09-03 19:02:48
by Dan McCue
Sen. Joe Manchin Says He Won’t Run for Governor

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that he intends to remain in the U.S. Senate and won't run... Read More

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that he intends to remain in the U.S. Senate and won't run for governor of West Virginia. Manchin, who served as the state's governor from 2005 to 2010, had invited speculation for... Read More

2019-08-28 19:48:28
by Dan McCue
Isakson to Resign From Senate, Adding Competitive Seat to 2020 Docket

WASHINGTON - Sen. Johnny Isakson, D-Ga., announced Wednesday that he will step down from the Senate at the end of... Read More

WASHINGTON - Sen. Johnny Isakson, D-Ga., announced Wednesday that he will step down from the Senate at the end of the year, adding a competitive seat to the highly anticipated 2020 battle for control of the chamber. "After much prayer... Read More

2019-08-15 19:58:44
by Dan McCue
Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Bid With An Eye Toward U.S. Senate Seat

WASHINGTON - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, fueling speculation... Read More

WASHINGTON - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, fueling speculation that he will now set his sights on a U.S. Senate bid. Hickenlooper, 67, ran as a moderate, but never... Read More

Lawmakers Propose ‘Red Flag’ Laws After Mass Shootings: Effect Remains Unclear

Lawmakers are facing increased public pressure to take action and stop the gun violence after two mass shootings in Texas... Read More

Lawmakers are facing increased public pressure to take action and stop the gun violence after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio killed 31 people over the past weekend.  President Donald Trump and congressional members of both parties appear eager... Read More

2019-08-06 21:25:55
by Sean Trambley
Houlahan, Balderson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Bolster Grants To Spark Small Business Innovation

Freshman Representative Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., was joined by Representative Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, to introduce bipartisan and bicameral legislation to enhance... Read More

Freshman Representative Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., was joined by Representative Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, to introduce bipartisan and bicameral legislation to enhance commercialization services for federally funded research and development.  Introduced in the House on July 18, H.R. 3839, the Research Advancing... Read More

Press Defeats Women of Congress at Charity Softball

WASHINGTON - Now this isn’t fake news. The Bad News Babes of the DC press corps defeated the ladies of... Read More

WASHINGTON - Now this isn’t fake news. The Bad News Babes of the DC press corps defeated the ladies of Congress 10-3 Wednesday night at the eleventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. The Babes, captained by Mikayla Bouchard of The... Read More

2019-05-30 20:13:40
by Dan McCue
Thad Cochran, Longtime Southern Gentleman of the Senate, Dies at 81

Former Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who served in Congress for more than 45 years and was renowned for his Southern... Read More

Former Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who served in Congress for more than 45 years and was renowned for his Southern refinement and willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done, died Thursday morning at the age of 81.... Read More

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