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UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries ‘stunt’

Senators torpedoed quick passage of a new coronavirus aid package Thursday, with Democrats rejecting a Trump administration request for $250 billion to boost a small business payroll fund and Republicans …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Congress in standoff on virus aid, but first checks coming

Congress is rushing headlong into a conflict over the next coronavirus aid package as the White House wants to pump $250 billion into a small business fund but opposes Democrats’ …


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Trump seeks $250 billion for payrolls in virus aid showdown

Congress is racing to craft the next coronavirus rescue package, but President Donald Trump’s sudden request Tuesday to pump $250 billion more into a just-launched payroll program for small businesses …


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

FBI reaches out to Sen. Burr over stock sales tied to virus

The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Washington set to deliver $2.2 trillion virus rescue bill

Washington is about to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to individuals and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and a health …


Kentucky’s Rand Paul is 1st senator to report positive test for virus

Paul, a doctor, said he has not had symptoms and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. Paul said he was not …


Senator asks for ethics probe into his own stock sales

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., is asking for an ethics probe in response to criticism that he sold off as much as $1.7 million in stocks just before …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Highstakes negotiations begin on $1T economic rescue

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump administration officials descended Friday on Capitol Hill to launch high-stakes negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue …


UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

McConnell unveils economic rescue plan amid virus shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has unveiled a sweeping economic rescue plan to pump $1,200 checks directly to taxpayers, $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll …


U.S. surveillance powers set to temporarily expire

Three surveillance powers available to the U.S. government are set to temporarily expire Sunday after a trio of senators opposed a bipartisan House bill that would renew the authorities and …


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Senate passes rebuke of DeVos over student loan forgiveness

The Senate on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a measure overturning Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ rules making it harder for students to get loans erased after being misled by …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

McCaskill makes transition from Senate to television

NBC News analyst Claire McCaskill is talking about some of the shows where she appears – “Morning Joe,” Rachel Maddow or Nicolle Wallace’s hours– when a questioner slips in a …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to run for Senate against Daines

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday he will run against first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines, giving Democrats a boost in their effort to take control of the Senate in November.


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Schumer: I ‘should not have used’ threatening words on court

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that he “should not have used the words I used” when he declared at a rally in front of the Supreme Court that …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Senate poised to send Trump $8.3 billion plan to fight virus

An $8.3 billion measure to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak should soon make its way to President Trump after a Senate vote planned for Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

Senators reach deal to boost conservation, national parks

Senate leaders and the Trump administration have reached an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote more than a $1 billion a year to clear …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Trump says U.S. ‘very ready’ for virus; Pence to lead response

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that the U.S. is “very, very ready” for whatever the coronavirus threat brings, and he put his vice president in charge of overseeing the nation’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Senate moves to limit Trump on military force against Iran

The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to …


Powell hears bipartisan Senate support for Fed independence

Republican and Democratic senators voiced strong support for an independent Federal Reserve during a hearing with Fed Chair Jerome Powell, one day after President Donald Trump launched another attack directed …


NCAA’s Mark Emmert presses Senate for ‘guardrails’ on athlete pay

NCAA President Mark Emmert is urging Congress to step in and put restrictions on college athletes’ ability to earn money from endorsements


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Jordan to challenge Risch for Idaho’s U.S. Senate seat

Former Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker Paulette Jordan announced Friday that she’s challenging two-term Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Not Guilty: Split Senate acquits Trump with no Democratic votes

President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Senate so far split neatly along party lines on impeachment

The Senate is so far cleaving neatly along party lines in advance of Wednesday’s virtually certain votes to acquit President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Analysis: GOP sends message that Trump’s actions are OK

Senate Republicans are set to acquit President Donald Trump on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Trump acquittal now likely Wednesday; Senate nixes witnesses

The Senate rejected the idea of summoning witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday, all but ensuring his acquittal. But senators considered pushing off final voting on his …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Trump trial could end soon; Alexander says no to witnesses

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he will oppose calling more witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, all but dashing Democratic efforts to hear more testimony and boosting …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Trump defenders: Ukraine trade no grounds for impeachment

In a striking shift from President Donald Trump’s claims of “perfect” dealings with Ukraine, his defense asserted Wednesday at his Senate trial that a trade of U.S. military aid for …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Trump team wrapping up trial defense as senators mull Bolton

President Donald Trump’s legal team prepared to wrap up arguments in his impeachment trial Tuesday as Senate Republicans wrestled with whether to allow witnesses, including John Bolton who appears poised …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses

Pressure is increasing on senators to call John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after the revelation that a draft of a book by the former national …