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Senate Republicans could be the real roadblock to getting a stimulus deal passed

Senate Republicans could be the real roadblock to getting a stimulus deal passed

Senate Republicans don’t seem eager to approve a stimulus deal, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House reach an agreement. This past weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the upper chamber would “consider” any compromise made between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, though it’s unclear if that means he would…
Polls: Senate races in Alaska and South Carolina are surprisingly competitive for Democrats

Polls: Senate races in Alaska and South Carolina are surprisingly competitive for Democrats

A pair of new Senate polls from the New York Times and Siena College this week show Democrats pressing for an advantage in two traditionally conservative states — Alaska and South Carolina — as November 3 closes in. In Alaska, the Times/Siena poll found independent Senate candidate Al Gross — who is running as the…
The Vox Senate interview: Barbara Bollier is making the Kansas Senate race competitive for Democrats

The Vox Senate interview: Barbara Bollier is making the Kansas Senate race competitive for...

The open Kansas Senate race was never supposed to be competitive for Democrats. But given what an unusual year 2020 is shaping up to be, it’s a dead heat. The two candidates in contention are Democrat Barbara Bollier, a state senator and former doctor, and Republican Rep. Roger Marshall, who is also a doctor and…
Senate Republicans are still struggling on a stimulus deal — even as they expedite a Supreme Court nomination

Senate Republicans are still struggling on a stimulus deal — even as they expedite...

Senate Republicans haven’t shown much interest in prioritizing relief for the devastating economic situation caused by the pandemic — even as it reaches a new inflection point with President Donald Trump testing positive for the coronavirus this week. Trump’s test results gave the stock market a slight jolt on Friday and a recent report revealed…
The stakes of the Senate, explained

The stakes of the Senate, explained

The battle for control of the US Senate is just as important as the one for the White House. Even if Democratic nominee Joe Biden becomes president, his chances of actually delivering on a bold agenda fall significantly if Republicans retain control of the Senate. A gridlocked Congress has meant little progress on key issues…
The Vox Senate interview: Cal Cunningham is running down the middle to win in North Carolina

The Vox Senate interview: Cal Cunningham is running down the middle to win in...

Democrats almost certainly need Cal Cunningham to beat Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina to retake a Senate majority. Cunningham, a former state lawmaker and military prosecutor, is positioning himself as a moderate in step with a moderate North Carolina. He is holding off on aggressively attacking President Trump and instead staying “laser-focused” on…
Can the Senate vote on a replacement for Justice Ginsburg before the election?

Can the Senate vote on a replacement for Justice Ginsburg before the election?

Election Day is just over six weeks away. Can Senate Republicans hold a vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before then? The short answer is yes, they can, if they — meaning, at least 50 Republican senators — want to. In recent decades, the Supreme Court confirmation process — from nomination to…
What we know about a possible Senate vote to replace Justice Ginsburg

What we know about a possible Senate vote to replace Justice Ginsburg

The question of whether President Donald Trump will get to fill the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat this year — either before the election or even after it, if he should lose — is entirely up to Senate Republicans. There are 53 Republican senators. Confirmation of a nominee would take 50 Senate…
Senate Republicans promise a quick floor vote on a Trump Supreme Court nominee

Senate Republicans promise a quick floor vote on a Trump Supreme Court nominee

The prognosticating over how quickly a replacement justice would be nominated to the US Supreme Court began immediately as news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death broke late Friday evening. Saturday, Senate Republicans intensified that speculation as they increased calls to rapidly ram a conservative judge through the nominating process ahead of the upcoming election.…
The Senate failed to pass more stimulus for a struggling economy. Here’s why.

The Senate failed to pass more stimulus for a struggling economy. Here’s why.

A Senate vote on Republicans’ “skinny” stimulus bill failed Thursday, leaving lawmakers at the same impasse they’ve been at for months. The 52-47 vote, which was intended to demonstrate Republican unity and support for the stimulus while putting pressure on Democrats, was only mildly successful in that aim, with 52 Republicans supporting the bill and…

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