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    Senate lawmakers met without incident at the Capitol on Thursday after House leaders adjourned their session amid fear of a potential security threat from a far-right militia group. Federal authorities were on high alert after Capitol Police disclosed they obtained "intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group"...
    (CNN)Here's what we've learned about Washington and US policymaking since President Joe Biden took office, paraphrasing from CNN's political director David Chalian: Republicans aren't going to work with Democrats. GOP lawmakers have clearly decided whatever backlash they will face from voters for the unified obstruction of a Democratic President is less bad than the...
    By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state senator sought an apology Thursday from Gov. Mike Dunleavy for a scathing letter in which he accused her of misrepresenting the state's COVID-19 response and said his administration would no longer participate in hearings she leads. Sen. Lora Reinbold during a news conference...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday came out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. A look at some of the major changes in the bill now being considered by the Senate versus what passed the House last week. WHO GETS A CHECK President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have agreed...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate committee on Thursday endorsed a plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid expansion to encourage rather than require recipients to work. The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee advanced the legislation after the state's previous Medicaid work requirement was blocked by the courts and President Joe Biden's...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku,...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate is now engaged in a marathon effort to take up President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, a process that could stretch into the weekend before a final vote in the chamber takes place.The chamber voted Thursday afternoon to open debate on the legislation. But Republican opposition is expected to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday came out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. A look at some of the major changes in the bill now being considered by the Senate versus what passed the House last week. WHO GETS A CHECK President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have agreed...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate is now engaged in a marathon effort to take up President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, a process that could stretch into the weekend before a final vote in the chamber takes place.The chamber voted Thursday afternoon to open debate on the legislation. But Republican opposition is expected to...
    Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Senate GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID-19 relief vote MORE (R-Wis.) is grinding the gears of the Senate to a halt as it seeks to move forward with President BidenJoe BidenThe...
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) forced the Senate clerk to read all 628 pages of the partisan coronavirus spending package on the Senate floor. The tactic could take up to 10 hours and provide an opportunity for Senators to digest the legislation. However, before the full reading of the bill could begin, Vice President Kamala...
    A recent poll conducted by WPA Intelligence showing Josh Mandel leads the Ohio Republican Senate primary with 32 percent, a 27 point lead over his closest competitor. Josh Mandel is the former Ohio state treasurer and a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate next year. The current Senator, Rob Portman (R-OH), announced that he would retire...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy for reelection on Thursday as GOP leadership begins preparations for the 2020 midterm races. "John Kennedy of the Great State of Louisiana is a spectacular Senator and person," Trump said in a statement through the Save America PAC. "He is a tireless advocate for the...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republicans on Thursday voted to put a constitutional amendment on the next primary election ballot that would make it more difficult to pass ballot initiatives to raise taxes or spend public funds. The effort to move the proposed amendment from the general election to...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — The U.S. Senate has begun debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, and it’s not the same as the plan approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Political editor Jon Delano spoke with both U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) to learn more about what...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy for his 2022 Senate bid Thursday night. Trump released a statement from the Save America PAC in which the former president said he fully endorses Kennedy’s campaign and highlighted issues he believes Kennedy has been strong on throughout his time in the Senate. “John Kennedy...
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote Thursday in the Senate to begin the debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package. As the Senate was split 50-50 on the legislation, Harris cast the 51st vote with the Democrats to officially start the debate on the legislation. The American Rescue Plan, which passed...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate is negotiating how much to adjust the Democrats' massive coronavirus relief package that passed the House last week.While the final Senate bill has not been released yet, lawmakers are expected to make two major changes -- narrowing eligibility for the stimulus checks and nixing an increase in the federal minimum wage...
    The Congressional Budget Office projects the federal debt will exceed the economy's size by the end of the year and will balloon to 202% of gross domestic product over the next 30 years. And that's their outlook without factoring in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which is making its way through the...
    Philadelphia's city council has called on President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE to come up with a plan to cancel all student debt in the U.S. within his...
    (CNN)A newly proposed bill in Tennessee would make it even more difficult to protest in the state -- by making obstructing a highway a felony and giving immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill those in the way.The HB13 bill, which was introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly in February, builds on legislation that...
    California earmarks 40% vaccines for poorest as inequality concern grows As states remove mask mandates and reopen, what does it mean for restaurant workers? A third stimulus bill will be debated today, but a last-minute change to the relief package means that about 7 million families may not receive a $1,400 check. © Provided...
    US Vice-President Kamala Harris had to intervene, as authorized by the Constitution, to decide the vote authorizing the opening of the debates, because the 50 Democratic senators had voted in favor, and the 50 Republicans against. A taste of the tight votes to come during the marathon expected in the hemicycle by Monday. “The...
    Ted Cruz is right back where he started — in the Senate minority and plotting a presidential bid, although now the runner-up for the 2016 Republican nomination is the grizzled veteran looking over his shoulder at the young, brash upstarts he used to be. Cruz arrived on Capitol Hill from Texas in 2013, an impatient...
    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has earmarked $10 billion for the State Department and the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, part of the $1.9 trillion relief package that is up for a vote in the upper chamber on Thursday. The bulk of the money is directed toward aiding the global response to the COVID-19...
    Texas Gov. Abbott stalled federal offer to test migrants then blamed them for spreading Covid De Blasio compares Cuomo to Trump, denounces gov’s comments that NYC is ‘teetering’ (Bloomberg) -- Senate Democrats on Thursday released an updated version of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said will pass the chamber...
    By Alan Fram | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber. Democrats were hoping for Senate approval of the package before next week,...
    The $1,400 stimulus check might be coming in less than three weeks as Senate has kicked off the Covid-19 relief bill debate. The Senate voted 50-50 for the Covid relief bill with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie. 2The $1,400 stimulus check might be coming in less than three weeksCredit: Getty Images -...
    By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s nominee to become the Pentagon’s top policy adviser faced relentless Republican criticism on Thursday over his support for the Iran nuclear deal, in a confirmation hearing that could foreshadow bigger fights over Biden’s national security agenda. Colin Kahl, who was a...
    (Photo: Getty Images) The Democrats have everything they need right now to flex their muscles and wield the power the people gave them — the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Their policies are popular, with the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief plan enjoying 76% support, including 60% of Republicans,...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate has approved a measure banning abortions because of Down syndrome or other genetic abnormalities and making other changes to abortion laws. Republicans approved the measure in a 16-14 party-line vote on Thursday. The measure would allow the father or maternal grandparents to sue on behalf of a fetus and...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — A sweeping proposal to combine Florida’s five major school-voucher programs into two and establish them as taxpayer-backed “education savings accounts” is now teed up for consideration by the full Senate. Under the measure, existing voucher programs would be folded into two main scholarships, with one serving students with special needs and the...
    The North Carolina House unanimously approved a $1.7 billion COVID-19 relief spending package Wednesday. The funding for House Bill 196 is provided through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by former President Donald Trump in December. The measure provides about $1 billion to support the North Carolina Department of...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With some lawmakers expressing concerns about privacy rights, the Florida Senate could be poised to consider allowing law-enforcement agencies to use aerial drones to help with traffic management, collecting crime-scene evidence and eyeing large crowds. The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the bill (SB 44), positioning it to go before...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate is bracing for a marathon effort and a late night of voting on amendments before lawmakers take a final vote on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill -- it's just not yet clear exactly when that will take place.The chamber voted Thursday afternoon to open debate on the legislation,...
    Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Senate GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID-19 relief vote MORE (R-Wis.) is forcing Senate floor staff to read the entire Democratic coronavirus relief bill, a maneuver that could take up to 10...
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin objected to skipping past the reading of the $1.9 trillion spending bill Thursday. “If they’re going to add nearly $2T to the national debt at least we should know what’s in the bill,” Johnson tweeted. I just objected to skipping past the reading of the Democrats’ 628-page bill that...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A proposal is ready to go before the Senate that could cut deeply into the state’s revenue shortfall by requiring many out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously backed a proposal (SB 50) that sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, maintains isn’t a tax...
    Vice President Kamala Harris came to the rescue of Senate Democrats Thursday afternoon by breaking a 50-50 logjam over whether to advance President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus legislation. Harris cast the 51st vote with the Democrats to formally kick off debate on the Biden administration's signature legislation to address the ongoing pandemic.  SCHUMER PREPARED TO OUTLAST GOP...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation that’s the product of Idaho's hundreds of thousands of cows and the 50 million pounds (23 million kilograms) of cow manure they produce daily. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 5-3 to send to the full Senate the bill...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Senate is pushing forward with a plan to increase some of the lowest teacher salaries in the United States. Senators unanimously passed a bill Thursday to give most Mississippi teachers and teachers’ assistants a $1,000 pay raise during the year that begins July 1. Newer teachers would receive $1,100...