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The Senate goes home for July Fourth recess as states wait on coronavirus stimulus

The Senate goes home for July Fourth recess as states wait on coronavirus stimulus

It’s now been more than six weeks since the House passed the HEROES Act, its latest take on additional stimulus as workers, businesses, and states continue to grapple with the economic fallout of the coronavirus. The Senate, however, wants to wait two more before considering a bill of its own. Both chambers of Congress have…
Exclusive: Senate Democrats press AG Barr for answers about poll closures on Native American reservations

Exclusive: Senate Democrats press AG Barr for answers about poll closures on Native American...

Alarmed by the recent closure of in-person polling places on Native American reservations due to Covid-19, Senate Democrats are pressing Attorney General William Barr for more information. Vox obtained a letter to Barr from Democratic members of the Senate Rules Committee, led by the committee’s ranking member Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Tom Udall…
Why Senate Democrats just tanked the Republican police reform bill

Why Senate Democrats just tanked the Republican police reform bill

Senate Democrats have officially rejected Republicans’ police reform bill, tanking the legislation, which needed 60 votes to advance, in a 55-45 vote on Wednesday. In a letter earlier this week, Democrats noted that the bill — which does little to ensure legal accountability in cases of police misconduct — fell far short of the policies…
Senate Democrats say the Republican police reform bill is “not salvageable”

Senate Democrats say the Republican police reform bill is “not salvageable”

Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have unequivocally rejected further consideration of Republicans’ police reform bill — legislation they think falls far short of the policy changes they’d like to see. “We will not meet this moment by holding a floor vote on the JUSTICE Act, nor can we simply amend…
The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a...

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have vastly increased the time we spend online and moved many of the activities from outside of our homes to the confines of the internet. In the middle of this — and with this shift in mind — the Senate voted on Wednesday not to protect Americans’ internet…
The Senate just voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The Senate just voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without...

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have vastly increased the time we spend online and moved many of the activities from outside of our homes to the confines of the internet. In the middle of this — and with this shift in mind — the Senate voted on Wednesday not to protect Americans’ internet…
Fauci’s Senate testimony debunked a number of Trump’s favorite coronavirus lies

Fauci’s Senate testimony debunked a number of Trump’s favorite coronavirus lies

Dr. Anthony Fauci was careful not to directly rebuke President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, the totality of his testimony undermined talking points Trump has used to downplay the pandemic while pushing for the premature opening of businesses and schools. Fauci — who as director of National Institute…
The Senate doesn’t have enough coronavirus test kits — but it doesn’t want ones from the White House

The Senate doesn’t have enough coronavirus test kits — but it doesn’t want ones...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have declined an offer from the Trump administration to be sent rapid coronavirus tests for congressional use as lawmakers prepare to return to the Capitol next week. In a joint statement, released Saturday, the leaders appeared to be trying to avoid being seen as accepting…
Exclusive: A new Senate plan would guarantee paychecks for workers who are furloughed or laid off 

Exclusive: A new Senate plan would guarantee paychecks for workers who are furloughed or...

Support for a once-radical idea — the government funding of company payrolls — is growing in Congress, as the legislative body scrambles to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the massive economic fallout that’s resulted. The newest proposal on the subject, the Paycheck Security Act, comes from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Doug…
Tom Coburn, the Senate’s “Dr. No,” has died at 72

Tom Coburn, the Senate’s “Dr. No,” has died at 72

Thomas Coburn, Oklahoma politician and physician, died Saturday after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 72. Coburn, a Republican who served in the House of Representatives and the Senate, was best known as a staunch fiscal conservative who hated and highlighted excess government spending. He refused to support bills that included what he saw…

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