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Senate Democrats use Asian American hate crimes bill as key test of Republican obstruction

Senate Democrats use Asian American hate crimes bill as key test of Republican obstruction

Senate Democrats this week are putting forth a key test on the limits of Republican obstruction: A bill aimed at combating anti-Asian hate crimes. The legislation, which is relatively narrow in scope, would designate a Justice Department official to review Covid-19 related hate crimes, and calls on the agency to provide reporting guidance for regional…
Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes

Senate Democrats just got some wonky procedural news that has some pretty big implications for President Joe Biden’s agenda. On Monday night, the Senate parliamentarian — an in-house rules expert — determined that Democrats would be able to do a third budget reconciliation bill this year, a massive development that gives lawmakers more room to…
Top Senate Democrat says Biden should “reconsider” May 1 Afghanistan troop withdrawal 

Top Senate Democrat says Biden should “reconsider” May 1 Afghanistan troop withdrawal 

Democratic opposition to the possible withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan grew on Tuesday with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, calling on the Biden administration to “reconsider” doing so. Biden’s team hasn’t made a final decision yet. They’re still discussing whether to abide by then-President Donald Trump’s February 2020 deal…
The Senate just passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Here’s what’s in it.

The Senate just passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Here’s what’s in it.

The Senate — following a grueling vote-a-rama on Friday and Saturday — has finally approved a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. The legislation, which passed 50-49 on a purely party-line vote, with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) not voting due to a family funeral, now heads back to…
The Senate just passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Here’s what in it.

The Senate just passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Here’s what in it.

The Senate — following a grueling vote-a-rama on Friday and Saturday — has finally approved a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. The legislation, which passed 50-49 on a purely party-line vote, with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) not voting due to a family funeral, now heads back to…
What to watch for in the Senate’s grueling vote-a-rama 

What to watch for in the Senate’s grueling vote-a-rama 

The Senate’s latest “vote-a-rama” — the marathon session during which legislators consider amendments for a bill — has already revealed just how much Democrats are still fractured over the $15 minimum wage, and it’s just getting started. Throughout Friday and likely early Saturday, senators will be considering potential changes to the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief…
Senate Republicans are trying to drag out the stimulus process in the middle of a national emergency

Senate Republicans are trying to drag out the stimulus process in the middle of...

Senate Republicans — beginning with a reading of the entirety of the stimulus package on Thursday — are trying to drag out the legislative process on the bill as much as possible in an effort to make things uncomfortable for Democrats. That also means, however, that they’re delaying the legislation’s passage in the middle of…
Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has “radical views” on Big Oil

Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has “radical views” on Big Oil

“I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nacotchtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people,” Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico said in her opening remarks on the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing to lead the Interior Department. It’s likely the first time a Cabinet nominee acknowledged tribal lands upon testifying before…
Ron Johnson uses Senate hearing on January 6 insurrection to push absurd conspiracy theory

Ron Johnson uses Senate hearing on January 6 insurrection to push absurd conspiracy theory

One of the Republicans who pushed “the big lie” about the 2020 election — namely, that President Joe Biden’s victory was illegitimate — used the first congressional hearing about the violent January 6 attempt to overthrow Donald Trump’s loss to amplify a fantastical conspiracy theory aimed at exonerating Trump and his supporters from any responsibility.…
The Senate has acquitted Trump of inciting an insurrection

The Senate has acquitted Trump of inciting an insurrection

Former President Donald Trump has now been acquitted in his second impeachment trial, after the Senate failed to meet the 67-vote threshold needed to secure a conviction. In total, a majority of senators, 57, convicted him while 43 lawmakers acquitted him of the one charge he faced — inciting an insurrection at the Capitol —…

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