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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…
The Senate just passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Here’s what’s in it.

The Senate just passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Here’s what’s in it.

The Senate on Wednesday evening passed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package targeting relief toward America’s workers, hospitals, industries, and state and local governments. The legislation, which was approved via a unanimous 96-0 vote, now heads to the House, which is expected to vote on it this Friday. “We’re going to pass this bipartisan…
A handful of Senate Republicans think the coronavirus stimulus is too generous to workers

A handful of Senate Republicans think the coronavirus stimulus is too generous to workers

A handful of Senate Republicans think the unemployment insurance provided in the coronavirus stimulus is too generous to laid-off workers — and they’re now pushing an amendment that could cap it. It’s a move that could further delay the passage of the $2 trillion package, which senators and the White House negotiated in marathon sessions…
The Senate has struck a $2 trillion deal on the coronavirus stimulus. Here’s what’s in it.

The Senate has struck a $2 trillion deal on the coronavirus stimulus. Here’s what’s...

Senate Democrats have reached a deal with the Trump White House and Senate Republicans on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that is targeting relief toward America’s workers, hospitals, industries, and state and local governments. “At last, we have a deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said early Wednesday morning. “After days of intense…
Senate Republicans’ cash assistance plan is far too limited

Senate Republicans’ cash assistance plan is far too limited

Direct cash assistance has suddenly become a broadly popular idea as American politicians begin to grapple with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be a radical step for the US. But the details matter. And the plan released Thursday by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is structured to shortchange poor families, affluent…
The Senate won’t consider urgent coronavirus legislation until next week

The Senate won’t consider urgent coronavirus legislation until next week

Early Saturday morning — as concerns about the coronavirus outbreak continued to grow — the House passed a massive bill guaranteeing free coronavirus testing to all Americans. The Senate, meanwhile, was nowhere to be found. In fact, many lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had already left for the weekend. Senate leadership, rather than…
It’s official: The Senate just acquitted President Trump of both articles of impeachment

It’s official: The Senate just acquitted President Trump of both articles of impeachment

The Senate just voted to acquit President Donald Trump of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — ending a more than four-month impeachment process that began after revelations that Trump had withheld aid from Ukraine and pressured its leader to investigate Hunter Biden. The acquittal is the third time in US history…
Senate Republicans were never going to vote for witnesses

Senate Republicans were never going to vote for witnesses

In the past week, there’s been a lot of speculation — and anticipation — about how Senate Republicans would vote, when it came to calling more witnesses for the Senate impeachment trial. The hype obscured just how predetermined the outcome really was. Of course, the recent attention was in some ways warranted, given the bombshell…
Senate Republicans’ disingenuous outrage over Schiff’s “head on a pike” comment, briefly explained

Senate Republicans’ disingenuous outrage over Schiff’s “head on a pike” comment, briefly explained

During his closing arguments at the Senate impeachment trial on Friday, impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff made a comment that set some Republicans off. “CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that GOP senators were warned, ‘Vote against the president — and your head will be on a pike,’” he said. “Now,…
The Senate has approved the USMCA, bringing Trump’s trade deal one step closer to reality

The Senate has approved the USMCA, bringing Trump’s trade deal one step closer to...

A bipartisan majority in the Senate approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Thursday, clearing the way for President Donald Trump’s signature. The Senate voted 89 to 10 for USMCA, an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. The House of Representatives backed the bill last year, voting 385 to 41,…

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