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    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Senate GOP campaign arm, said on Tuesday that he has talked with President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE about the 2022 election. “I just talked to him about elections. ... I told him I want to win in 22,” said Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “I'm going to be very specific of where I think he could be helpful and he gets to make the decision whether he wants to do it or not,” Scott added. Scott is the second GOP senator who has talked to Trump in recent days about the 2022 election. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Trump huddle to talk...
    Richard Burr will face Monday a censure vote from North Carolina's Republican Party after he joined six other Republicans on Saturday in voting in favor of convicting Donald Trump for 'inciting an insurrection.' The move by Burr's home state GOP is the latest in fallout for the seven Republican senators dubbed 'Republicans in name only' or 'RINOs'. The vote to formally express disapproval of Burr is expected to pass swiftly with overwhelming support for censoring him. 'I am voting yes because he failed his state and his constituents by voting to convict FORMER President Trump in what was an unconstitutional trial. A trial that even he said was unconstitutional,' North Carolina's RNC committeewoman Kyshia Lineberger told CNN. 'At the end of the day, America is a Republic where we the people elect representatives. Senator Burr did not represent the will of the people and that is a shame.' North Carolina's...
    Donald Trump's team completely freaked out when Democrats and five Republicans including Lindsey Graham voted to call other witnesses in his impeachment trial Saturday, according to a report. Insiders close to the former president were said to be 'floored' 'stunned, stupefied [and in a] total panic' as the Senate voted 55-45 to allow witnesses to be called in Trump's trial for 'inciting the insurrection' on the Capitol that left five dead. The trial took a dramatic turn Saturday when House Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland spoke on the need for hearing from at least one witness - Herrera Beutler, a Republican from Washington state.  Rep. Kevin McCarthy told her about his phone call with Trump while the violent MAGA mob was rampaging through the Capitol.  Beutler said in a town hall this week and in an interview with CNN Friday that Trump told McCarthy: 'Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more...
    A group of Republican senators on Sunday sent a letter to President Biden suggesting they meet as part of his call for “unity” to negotiate the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. ​”​In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support​,” the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, wrote​ in the missive. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support​,” the letter continued.  “​We request the opportunity to meet with you to discuss our proposal in greater detail and how we can work together to meet the needs of the American people during this persistent pandemic​,” they said. ​​ The letter did not state an estimated price tag...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images The $1.9 trillion covid relief plan pushed by the Joe Biden administration has received some Republican opposition, and now ten Republican senators are putting out their counterproposal. The senators signed onto this proposal are: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Todd Young, Shelley Moore Capito, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, and Thom Tillis. They request a meeting with Biden to discuss their proposal, which includes $160 billion to “enhance our capabilities” with respect to vaccines and PPE production, and economic relief they say is “more targeted assistance than in the Administration’s plan.” New: 10 Republican senators write a letter asking to meet w/ Biden and discuss a Covid relief counter-proposal they’re working on. They say it’ll have $160b for vaccines, $4b for abuse services, existing UI, nutrition + unspecified policies on “targeted” economic aid and schools. pic.twitter.com/LS34418QCN — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 31, 2021...
    More On: Coronavirus First US airport selling coronavirus tests in vending machines South African strain found in Maryland, becoming third case in U.S. Pilots out of practice due to pandemic? Some say yes Couple married for 63 years has ‘dinner date’ while hospitalized with COVID-19 A group of Republican senators on Sunday sent a letter to President Biden suggesting they meet as part of his call for “unity” to negotiate the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. ​”​In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support​,” the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, wrote​ in the missive. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support​,” the...
    A majority of Republicans voted Tuesday that Donald Trump's second impeachment is unconstitutional, a sign the former president will likely be acquitted in his upcoming trial. Republican Senator Rand Paul forced the Senate to vote on the issue, arguing the trial was illegal given that Trump no longer occupies the Oval Office. Most Republicans, including GOP Leader Mitch McConnell agreed with him: 45 of them voted it was illegal but five GOP senators joined Democrats to give them 55 votes to proceed.  Those 45 Republicans are also likely to vote for Trump's acquittal when the time comes. The Republicans who voted with Democrats were Senators Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey. Paul argued that trying a former president would violate the U.S. Constitution. 'He is a private citizen,' the senator said of president.  A majority of Republicans voted that Donald Trump's second impeachment is unconstitutional...
    Dozens of Republican lawmakers are facing harsh condemnation after going forward with challenging the Electoral College results overnight Wednesday to Thursday following the breach of the Capitol by thousands of Donald Trump's supporters. Throughout the certification process, which was delayed six hours due to pro-Trump protesters marching the halls of the Capitol, seven senators and 138 House members still objected to the Electoral College results in some states – including Arizona and Pennsylvania. Among these lawmakers are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and Representatives Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Jim Jordan and just sworn-in Representatives Ronny Jackson, a former physician and chief medical adviser to Trump, Tommy Tuberville and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist. Freshman Representative Cori Bush, a new progressive member of the 'squad,' is calling for the expulsion of these lawmakers and the others who she claims 'incited this...
    Vice President Mike Pence has said he will support the bid by a dozen Republican Senators to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week.   Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, issued a statement Saturday saying the VP 'shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.'  '(Pence) welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on Jan. 6th', the statement continued.  Pence gave the plot his backing just hours after Ted Cruz has said he would be among the 12 GOP Senators trying to block the certification.  Vice President Mike Pence has said he will support the bid by a dozen Republican Senators to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week Twelve Republicans have now...
    GOP senators, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Mike Braun (R-IN) are joining Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) in objecting to Electoral College votes on January 6, they announced on Saturday in a joint statement alongside four senators-elect. The senators and incoming lawmakers — including senators-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) — released a joint statement on Saturday, expressing their intent to “reject the electors from disputed states” on January 6, explaining that the 2020 presidential election featured “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.” “And those allegations are not believed just by one individual candidate. Instead, they are widespread,” the lawmakers said, citing a  Reuters/Ipsos poll showing that over one-third of Americans, or 39 percent, believe the election was “rigged.” “That belief is held by...
    President Trump on Thursday vowed that he ‘won’t forget’ how Republicans ‘sit back and watch’ as he tries unsuccessfully to overturn the election while lashing out at social media giant Twitter for flagging his claims of voter fraud. The president singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who drew Trump’s ire earlier this month when he officially recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of last month’s presidential election. ‘I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election,’ Trump tweeted on Thursday. ‘Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. President Trump is seen left playing golf at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday. The president posted a series of tweets on Thursday raging at Twitter and Senate Republicans for not doing more to help him...
    Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images. Senate Republicans have developed a distinct reputation over the past four years for being able to abruptly outrun reporters, suddenly claim ignorance of Twitter, or just generally go silent in the face of the Donald Trump’s  latest embarrassing revelation or egregiously inappropriate insult. And now, the president’s current all-out assault on the nation’s electoral integrity has found the Senate GOP caucus in similar form once again, per the Washington Post. It reached out to every one of them and just a handful were willing to go on the record about Trump’s brazen attempt to overturn his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. The Washington Post contacted all 53 Republican U.S. senators for comments on the president’s efforts to overturn the election results, including his invitation to Michigan’s GOP legislative leaders to a meeting Friday as he tries to block the state from certifying Biden’s victory with...
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she accepts the science of climate change, saying she lacks the expertise to know for sure and calling it a topic too controversial to get into. On Wednesday, pressed at her confirmation hearing by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Barrett framed acknowledgment of manmade climate change as a matter of policy, not science. Barrett said Harris, the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee as well as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was trying to get her to state an opinion “on a very contentious matter of public debate, and I will not do that.” Barrett was responding to a series of questions from Harris, including whether she thinks the novel coronavirus is infectious, whether smoking causes cancer and whether “climate change is happening and it’s threatening the air we breathe and the water we...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly all of the Republicans in the California Senate were barred from entering the state Capitol on Thursday after they were exposed to the coronavirus, prompting unprecedented changes that include allowing lawmakers to vote via video conference from their homes as the Legislature rushes to complete their work by Monday’s deadline. Republican lawmakers were furious. State Sen. Jim Nielsen — the only Republican allowed on the Senate floor on Thursday — blasted his Democratic colleagues for continuing to meet without the voice of the opposing party. He urged Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins to cancel the Senate’s work until the Republicans could be tested and allowed to return. “What’s more important? The health or a handful of bills at the end of session,” Nielsen said. But lawmakers are running out of time. They cannot pass vote after midnight Monday, and hundreds of bills are pending....
    A group of over two-dozen former Republican congressmen and senators, including former Sen. Jeff Flake, endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday ahead of the Republican National Convention. According to Fox News, the Republican endorsements for Biden include Flake, former Senators Gordon Humphrey and John Warner, former Representatives Steve Bartlett, Bill Clinger, Tom Coleman, Charlie Dent, Charles Djou, Mickey Edwards, Wayne Gilchrest, Jim Greenwood, Bob Inglis, Jim Kolbe, Steve Kuykendall, Jim Leach, Connie Morella, Mike Parker, Jack Quinn, Claudine Schneider, Chris Shays, Peter Smith, Alan Steelman, Bill Whitehurst, Dick Zimmer, and Jim Walsh, and former Obama administration Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. A spokesperson for the Biden campaign reportedly told Fox News, “These former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden… These former Members of Congress are...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A group of 16 Republican senators, including at least one from Texas, has endorsed giving more money to airlines to avoid layoffs right before the November election, giving a boost to a lobbying effort by airlines and their unions. The GOP senators did not specify an amount, but a proposal by several airline unions would give the hard-hit aviation industry $32 billion, including $25 billion for passenger airlines. “Such businesses and their workers are uniquely tethered to air travel and have been and will continued to be significantly impacted by the decline in air travel” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the senators said in a letter to Senate GOP and Democratic leaders. They said Congress should also consider more help for airport concessionaires and aircraft manufacturers. In March, companies got $32 billion to help cover payroll costs for six months in exchange for not laying off...
    A group of 16 Republican senators has endorsed giving more money to airlines to avoid layoffs right before the November election, giving a boost to a lobbying effort by airlines and their unions. The GOP senators did not specify an amount, but a proposal by several airline unions would give the hard-hit aviation industry $32 billion, including $25 billion for passenger airlines.(backslash) “Such businesses and their workers are uniquely tethered to air travel and have been and will continued to be significantly impacted by the decline in air travel” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the senators said in a letter to Senate GOP and Democratic leaders. They said Congress should also consider more help for airport concessionaires and aircraft manufacturers. In March, companies got $32 billion to help cover payroll costs for six months in exchange for not laying off workers. The money and the ban on layoffs both end...
    Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson have submitted a broad request for records related to the Steele dossier and U.S. agencies’ Trump-related surveillance activities. The Republicans are asking the Justice Department for records related to Igor Danchenko, an analyst who was recently identified as the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele. Grassley and Johnson are also pressing the CIA and State Department for documents related to Steele.  Two Republican senators are pressing multiple government agencies for the release of a slew of documents related to the Trump-Russia probe, including records of a former Justice Department official’s correspondence with Igor Danchenko, a Russia analyst identified as the primary source for the Steele dossier. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson sent letters on Tuesday to the Justice Department, FBI, State Department, CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records about surveillance activities against the Trump campaign...
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