Tag: US Senate

House Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill, Sending It To Senate

The House passed the $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday, approving the massive package to fund the federal government through September. The 2,232-page bill was released late Wednesday after congressional negotiators finalized its terms. The proposal increases spending on the military and border protection and provides $1.6 billion for President Trump’s proposed border wall, but it…

Mitt Romney Announces US Senate Run In Utah

Mitt Romney said in a video announcement Friday that he will run for the US Senate from Utah, setting out on a glide path to Washington where he will likely play a central role driving the direction of the fractious Republican Party. “I have decided to run for United States Senate because I believe I…

Senate To Vote Monday Afternoon On Reopening Government

With no deal made Sunday night, the Senate adjourned and will vote at noon Monday on a bill to reopen the government for at least three weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wanted to hold a vote at 10 p.m. Sunday, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) objected, saying there still wasn’t a…

Cybersecurity Firm: Russia-linked Hackers Targeting US Senate

The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday. The revelation suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 U.S. electoral contest, is still busy trying to…

Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Special Senate Election

Democrat Doug Jones will be the next senator representing Alabama. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, he defeated Republican Roy Moore by 21,000 votes in a contentious election that took a turn last month when several women came forward and accused Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his early…

Alabama’s Senate Race Goes To Voters Today

Alabama Senate candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones face off Tuesday in their closely watched special election, with polls showing a dead heat. A Fox News poll published Monday showed Jones, the Democrat, up 10 points, but a rival poll by Emerson showed Moore, the Republican, with a 9-point lead. RealClearPolitics’ average between Nov. 27…

John McCain Announces Support For Senate GOP Tax Bill

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday announced that he is voting in favor of the Senate GOP’s tax overhaul bill, a major win for Republican leadership. β€œI believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families,” McCain said in a…

Senate Republicans Won’t Vote On Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Senate Republicans decided Tuesday that they will not vote on their health-care bill after efforts to garner support for the legislation fell short. The bill, named for co-sponsors Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), appeared doomed on Monday when moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)…

Mitt Romney Will Run For Senate If Orrin Hatch Retires

Mitt Romney Will Run For Senate If Orrin Hatch Retires

Former Massachusetts Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire, the Utah Policy website reported Monday. Hatch previously said he would run if his and his wife’s health is good, but has not yet committed to running for an eighth term.…

Trump Jr. To Testify Privately Before Senate Panel About Russia Meeting

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son and executive director of the Trump Organization, will meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to discuss a June 2016 meeting he set up with a Kremlin-backed lawyer and other Russians promising compromising information on Hillary Clinton. Trump’s testimony, originally scheduled for July, will be transcribed but…

CBO: Under ‘Skinny Repeal’ Bill, 16 Million Could Be Uninsured

Senate Republicans’ “skinny repeal” bill to undo ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates could result in 16 million Americans losing their health insurance, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in a report issued Wednesday. The full contents of the “skinny bill” remain unclear, because it won’t be released until after a voting session that is expected…

Senate GOP Health Bill In Delay After McCain’s Surgery

Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye has put the Senate GOP’s health-care bill in limbo, with neurosurgery experts saying his recovery could take at least a week or two. McCain’s office has suggested he could be back to work within days. Without McCain’s vote, Senate Republican leaders…

GOP Senators Leave For Recess Without Health-Care Agreement

Senators left Washington on Thursday night for a 10-day break without voting on the Senate Republican health-care bill, and after a day of negotiations Senate GOP leaders still did not have the pieces in place for a plan that could get 50 of their 52 votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the White…

GOP Sen. Susan Collins Says She’ll Vote To Block Health Bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted Monday evening that she will vote no on a motion to proceed on the Senate health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Collins made the announcement a few hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary analysis of the Republicans’ proposal, estimating that in 10 years, 22 million more…

Senate GOP Leaders Unveil Healthcare Bill – READ FULL TEXT

Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a health-care overhaul Thursday that eliminates many provisions included in the Affordable Care Act. The bill would cut Medicaid, end the ACA’s mandate that Americans must have health insurance or pay a fine, and allow states to drop previously required benefits. The Senate bill maintains the structure of the…

Sessions Dodges Questions On Kislyak Meeting, Trump Talks In Senate Hearing

While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about the ongoing Trump-Russia probe, Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced repeated questions about his role in President Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Sessions said that his decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe was “not because of an asserted wrongdoing,” and insisted…

Coats, Rogers, Rosenstein & McCabe Testify At Senate Intel

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will all testify before the Senate intelligence committee 24 hours before the Comey hearing. Rosenstein, Coats, Rogers, & McCabe testifying today @10:00AM EDT WATCH LIVE “Director Coats said he’d be happy…

Senate Intelligence Committee Announces Inquiry Into Russian Intel Activities

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting an inquiry into Russian intelligence activities and the information U.S. intel compiled for its recent assessment on Russian hacking. Chair Richard Burr and Vice Chair Mark Warner state, β€œAs part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full…

Marco Rubio Wins Senate Re-Election

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has won his re-election race, defeating Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. Rubio previously pledged not to run for Congress, saying he was devoting all his efforts to his presidential bid, which ended in a stunning defeat to GOP nominee Donald Trump. He reversed his stance in June after dropping out from the…

Rubio, DWS Win In Florida [VIDEO]

Marco Rubio won the Republican primary on Tuesday night. He easily defeated businessman Carlos Beruff, who marketed himself as a kind of mini-Donald Trump. He will face Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy who dispatched the embattled Alan Grayson. Despite voter unrest with politics as usual, establishment favorite Debbie Wasserman Schultz easily dispatched Bernie-backed law professor Tim…

Watch Stephen Colbert Talks Gun Control [VIDEO]

Stephen Colbert told the audience β€œWe all have jobs to do,” β€œI’m doing my job right now and I’ve got these cameras here to prove it. After the attacks in Orlando, I thought, maybe the government might do their job and pass any kind of law. Even a fig leaf to justify their existence.” β€œThey…

Marco Rubio Running For Senate Re-Election [VIDEO]

Multiple sources report Sen. Marco Rubio will announce his re-election bid Wednesday. The move would be a reversal of a pledge he made a year ago, when he decided to run for president or return to his once-private life. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks of his plans to re-enter the Senate race. A source…

Senate panel says first vote on Syria resolution likely on Wednesday

Congressional aides say the top lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached agreement on a resolution on using military force against Syria. The aides said the panel planned to consider and vote on the measure Wednesday. The resolution would limit the duration of any U.S. military action in response to the Syrian government’s…