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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

McConnell: ‘No choice’ to take up impeachment after House

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he would have “no choice” but to take up any House-approved impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.


Senate sends Trump stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 9 p.m.

Trump’s Senate Republican allies OK his $5B wall request

President Donald Trump’s Republican allies controlling the Senate are awarding him his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Trump says gun negotiations going ‘very slowly’

President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Senate tech critic tells Facebook CEO: Sell message services

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with lawmakers in Washington to discuss regulation of the tech industry, including the companies’ collection of users’ personal data on their platforms.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

Trump finds backing from Senate GOP on border wall move

A Republican-controlled Senate committee approved a Pentagon funding bill on Thursday, rejecting Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump’s border wall request and his moves to pay for the project …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

Senators pushing to require background checks for private gun sales made a fresh pitch to President Donald Trump on Wednesday amid continued gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

No evidence of sexist, racist comments by Senate Democrats, report says

Senate investigation finds no evidence of Democratic freshman’s claim of sexist or racist comments in closed-door meetings.


House Democrats propose stopgap spending bill

Democrats controlling the House are proposing a government-wide temporary funding bill to prevent a federal shutdown at month’s end and to give the slow-moving Senate time to act on $1.4 …


McConnell says he’s waiting on Trump to chart path on guns

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans are waiting on the White House to chart a path forward on gun violence legislation


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Citing health, Georgia GOP Sen. Isakson says he’ll retire

Facing health challenges, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year’s end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Trump ties U.S. success to 2nd term: ‘You have to vote for me’

President Donald Trump sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire that their financial security …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 11:02 p.m.

McConnell wants to consider gun background checks in fall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to consider background checks and other gun violence bills when lawmakers return.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

McConnell, GOP Senate unlikely to act swiftly on guns

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting pressure to bring senators back from recess to address gun violence.


Democrats: Trump should demand Senate vote on gun bill

If President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill …


Trump signs bipartisan budget and debt deal into law

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan debt increase and new set of spending limits that would help lock in spending increases for the Pentagon and elsewhere in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Senate panel advances bill to punish Saudi Arabia

A Senate panel has advanced legislation that would suspend arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions on members of the royal family.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

House approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate

The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.


House passes Senate border bill as leaders cave to moderate Democrats and GOP

The House passed a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill for the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, after Democratic leaders retreated from efforts to amend the legislation to add …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate

The Democratic-controlled House has voted to send President Donald Trump a bipartisan, Senate-drafted, $4.6 billion measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

The GOP-held Senate OKs bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Trump Jr. glad Senate testimony ‘is finally over’

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, spoke to the Senate intelligence committee for around three hours Wednesday


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Senators launch bipartisan bid to block Saudi arms sales

Directly challenging President Donald Trump’s use of executive power, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are banding together to introduce more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Trump urges Roy Moore not to run for US Senate in Alabama

President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate in 2020, saying that Moore cannot win and the “consequences will be devastating” for his …


Top Senate Republican would raise minimum smoking age to 21

The Senate’s top Republican is introducing legislation to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would cover not only tobacco …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., calling him in to answer questions about his 2017 testimony


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a …


Senate GOP game plan means more Trump nominees, fewer bills

Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year, but the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the expense of …