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Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 07, 2020

With Demand Soaring, Congress Weighs Adding $250 Billion in Small-Business Aid
Less than two weeks after enactment of a $2 trillion stimulus plan, the Trump administration is asking for a fresh infusion of funds to help businesses survive the economic damage of the coronavirus.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 06, 2020

The Next Virus Bill
Will Democrats make the same mistake?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 05, 2020

With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress
As retail campaigning has become all but impossible amid the public health crisis, candidates tread carefully in an uncertain political environment.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 04, 2020

In Congress, Doctors Are Pressing for a More Aggressive Coronavirus Response
There are about two dozen medical professionals in Congress, including 17 doctors, plus a former health secretary. Some are trying to shape the coronavirus response.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 03, 2020

You Shouldn't Have to Risk Your Life to Vote
Holding a primary election in a pandemic, as Wisconsin plans to do on Tuesday, will suppress turnout and endanger public health.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 03, 2020

What Happens if Congress Cannot Assemble to Do Its Work?
As Covid-19 makes social distancing a matter of life and death, a growing number of lawmakers are pushing the idea of remote voting.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 03, 2020

Trump Picks McConnell Protégé for Influential Appeals Court Seat
The American Bar Association had rated the new nominee, Judge Justin Walker, as unqualified, but he has strong conservative support

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 02, 2020

Trump Administration Scales Back Paid Leave in Coronavirus Relief Law
In new guidance, the Labor Department effectively exempted many small businesses from a new requirement to provide paid leave to employees affected by the crisis.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 02, 2020

From Afar, Congress Moves to Oversee Trump Coronavirus Response
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would move to form a special committee to scrutinize the Trump administration's response, including how more than $2 trillion in federal relief money is being spent.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 02, 2020

President's Campaign Calls Sessions ‘Delusional' for Tying Himself to Trump
In an unusual letter, President Trump's campaign said that Jeff Sessions, who is running to reclaim his Senate seat in Alabama, was misleading the public.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 01, 2020

Trump Warns Iran of Heightened Retaliation for Any Attacks on U.S. Troops
Democratic leaders cautioned the president privately that he must consult lawmakers before taking military action.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 01, 2020

The Many Times It's Been ‘Infrastructure Week' in Washington
Since President Trump vowed to tackle infrastructure during the 2016 campaign, it has been an elusive, bipartisan goal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 01, 2020

Loeffler's Wealth Becomes a Risk as Rivals Charge She Profited on the Coronavirus
Millions of dollars in stock trades by the freshman senator have drawn intense scrutiny for potential insider training, and it could reshape a contested Senate race in Georgia.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Apr 01, 2020

‘Infrastructure Week' Returns as Trump and Democrats Eye Post-Virus Jobs Plan
Leaders in Congress as well as President Trump are discussing a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan that could create thousands of jobs to salve an economy battered by the coronavirus.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 31, 2020

Where Are the Senate Battleground States? Look at the Ads
New ad buys reveal the key states where both parties think control of the Senate will be decided.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 28, 2020

A Unanimous Senate Vote That Nobody Seemed to Agree On
Lawmakers unanimously approved a historic government aid package, but the debate was vicious.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 28, 2020

Tom Coburn, the ‘Dr. No' of Congress, Is Dead at 72
His prolific use of a bill-blocking measure earned him his nickname, but he also won grudging respect on Capitol Hill as a political maverick.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus May Add Billions to U.S. Health Care Bill
Insurance premiums could spike as much as 40 percent next year, a new analysis warns, as employers and insurers confront the projected tens of billions of dollars in additional costs of treating coronavirus patients.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus May Add Billions to the Nation's Health Care Bill
Insurance premiums could spike as much as 40 percent next year, a new analysis warns, as employers and insurers confront the projected tens of billions of dollars in additional costs of treating coronavirus patients.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 27, 2020

Boris Johnson Should Have Taken His Own Medicine
The British prime minister tested positive for Covid-19 and went into isolation, but not before doing untold damage and setting a bad example.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 27, 2020

Trump and His Allies Played Down the Virus. Then the Dow Got Infected.
Declaring victory over the virus's economic symptoms couldn't stop the downturn.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Man Charged With Making Death Threats to Nancy Pelosi in Coronavirus Rant
Gavin Weslee Blake Perry, 27, of Wichita Falls, Texas, wrote on Facebook that Democrats were terrorists and should be shot on sight, prosecutors said.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

As Coronavirus Spread, Largest Stimulus in History United a Polarized Senate
Markets shuddered as the $2 trillion economic stabilization package stalled before negotiators cemented a historic deal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

How the Senate Debate Over the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Unfolded
Tension filled the Senate floor as Republicans and Democrats argued over what should, and should not, be included in a stimulus bill for coronavirus relief.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

The Coronavirus Economy: When Washington Takes Over Business
The $2 trillion aid package is expected to save jobs and bail out companies, but it reorders the relationship between government and private industry.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

It's the Largest Relief Deal in U.S. History. Is It Enough?
$2 trillion is a lot of money. How much it helps depends on where it's going.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

A Historic Stimulus Bill
After years of polarization, both parties in the Senate have unanimously passed a $2 trillion economic relief package — the largest in modern American history.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Passed by Senate
The measure promises a $1,200 payout to millions of Americans and increased jobless aid. It also creates a government bailout fund for distressed businesses.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: Congress Races to Pass $2 Trillion Aid Bill as Virus Shakes Society
The Senate unanimously approved a bill that promises a $1,200 payout to millions of Americans, increases jobless aid and creates a business bailout fund. The House is expected to pass it by Friday, sending it to President Trump for approval.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: Jobless Claims Are Highest Ever; U.S. Death Toll Passes 1,000
The House will take up a $2 trillion stimulus deal that promises a $1,200 payout to millions of Americans. Hospitals in New York and New Orleans struggle to cope. London is seeing a surge in patients, and deaths in Spain passed 4,000.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: Senate Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
The measure promises a $1,200 payout to millions of Americans and increased jobless aid to those out of work, and creates a government bailout fund for distressed businesses.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Jobless Claims Are Highest Ever; House to Take Up $2 Trillion Stimulus
The Senate approved a bill that promises a $1,200 payout to millions of Americans. Hospitals in New York and New Orleans struggle to cope. London is seeing a surge in patients, and deaths in Spain passed 4,000.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Leads the World in Confirmed Cases
Unemployment data set a bleak record and hospitals struggled with an influx of sick patients and lack of equipment. But the White House coronavirus response coordinator dismissed talk of shortages.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Leads the World in Known Cases
Unemployment data set a bleak record and hospitals struggled with an influx of sick patients and lack of equipment. But the White House coronavirus response coordinator dismissed talk of shortages.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Now Has More Known Cases Than Any Other Country
As the House prepared to vote on a $2 trillion relief plan, unemployment data set a bleak record and hospitals struggled with an influx of sick patients and lack of equipment.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 26, 2020

U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Cases
Unemployment data set a bleak record and hospitals struggled with an influx of sick patients and lack of equipment. But the White House coronavirus response coordinator dismissed talk of shortages.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

A Cruel Motive for a Costly Delay
Republican senators threatened to block trillions of dollars in aid amid the coronavirus pandemic to deprive low-wage workers of needed help.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

Fine Print of Stimulus Bill Contains Special Deals for Industries
Small banks, retailers and for-profit colleges got provisions they wanted. So did Boeing. Among those who could potentially benefit: President Trump's company.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

5 Key Things in the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package
The largest economic stimulus measure in modern history would authorize direct payments to taxpayers and loans to small businesses, and create a $500 billion corporate bailout fund.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

A $2 Trillion Lifeline Will Help, but More May Be Needed
The bill moving through Congress is more than twice as large as the stimulus package passed in 2009, but it will soothe a shutdown economy for only a few months.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

‘Raring to Go by Easter'
President Trump said he would like to allow shuttered businesses around the United States to reopen within weeks, defying the advice of top health officials.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

Congress and White House Strike Deal for $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
The plan would provide direct payments to taxpayers, jobless benefits and a $500 billion fund to assist distressed businesses, with oversight requirements demanded by Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

Congress Moves Toward Approving $2 Trillion Stimulus After Bipartisan Deal
The plan would provide direct payments to taxpayers, jobless benefits and a $500 billion fund to assist distressed businesses, with oversight requirements demanded by Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

Senate Approves $2 Trillion Stimulus After Bipartisan Deal
The plan would provide direct payments to taxpayers, jobless benefits and a $500 billion fund to assist distressed businesses, with oversight requirements demanded by Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 25, 2020

Senate Plans Vote on $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill After Sealing Bipartisan Deal
The package would provide direct payments to taxpayers, jobless benefits and a $500 billion fund to assist distressed businesses, with oversight requirements demanded by Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 24, 2020

From a Coronavirus Victim's Sister: Mobilize on the Home Front
A reader says this is our chance as citizens to act. Also: Politicians should sacrifice, too; McDonald's, on paid sick leave for employees.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 24, 2020

Democrats Near Deal With White House on Stimulus Package
Top Democrats and administration officials said they were optimistic about finalizing a compromise on a nearly $2 trillion economic package after agreeing to add oversight for a bailout fund.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 24, 2020

Plan Beats No Plan
The first-mover advantage in Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

Rand Paul's Positive Coronavirus Test Sets the (Still Meeting) Senate on Edge
The Kentucky Republican's diagnosis has injected a shot of fear into the Senate as it scrambles to pass a relief package to respond to the pandemic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

The Coronavirus Bailout Stalled. And It's Mitch McConnell's Fault.
Senate Republicans are blocking passage of an economic bailout plan that protects jobs and wages.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

We All Hate Bailouts, but We Need Them
To save American jobs, we need to save American businesses.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

Top Senate Democrat and Treasury Secretary Say They Are Near a Stimulus Deal
Hours after Democrats blocked the nearly $2 trillion package, a marathon set of private negotiations appeared to have yielded important compromises.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

Democrats Again Block Action on Rescue Plan, Seeking Restrictions on Corporate Aid
Tempers flared on the Senate floor as Republicans accused Democrats of slowing needed assistance and Democrats said the package fell short.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

Democrats Block Action on Stimulus, Seeking Restrictions on Corporate Aid
Tempers flared on the Senate floor as Republicans accused Democrats of slowing needed assistance and Democrats said the package fell short.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

Congress and White House Struggle to Salvage $1.8 Trillion Rescue Bill
Negotiations between Democrats and the administration continued on Capitol Hill as Republicans prepared a series of procedural votes.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 23, 2020

On Politics: Where's the Relief?
Senate wrangling and presidential promises: This is your morning tip sheet.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 22, 2020

Rand Paul Tests Positive for Covid-19, Fueling Anxiety in the Capitol
The Kentucky Republican is the first senator to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. He went about his routine for days after being tested, potentially exposing many colleagues.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 22, 2020

Emergency Economic Rescue Plan in Limbo as Democrats Block Action
Democrats voted against moving forward on a plan expected to cost $1.8 trillion or more, seeking stronger protections for workers and stricter rules for bailed-out businesses.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 22, 2020

Emergency Economic Rescue Plan in Limbo as Democrats Raise Objections
The Senate delayed a test vote on the plan, expected to cost $1.6 trillion or more, as Democrats threatened to block it, seeking stronger protections for workers and stricter rules for bailed-out businesses.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 21, 2020

Push for Cash in Rescue Package Came From Unlikely Source: Conservatives
Republicans are making direct aid to individuals and families a centerpiece of a relief plan to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

How to Avoid Complete Economic Destruction
To limit mass unemployment, the government needs to provide companies with the money they are temporarily unable to earn.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Did Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler Profit From the Pandemic?
Americans need leaders who rise to the occasion, not worry about their own pocketbooks.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Profiting from a Pandemic?
At least two senators engaged in suspiciously timed stock sales. All stock trades by members of Congress should be barred.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Senator Burr's Stock Sales
A reader finds it immoral for senators to dump their stocks while "making cheery public statements about our readiness for Covid-19." Also: Children who lose a parent early.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Senators Edge Closer to Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Rescue Plan
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said he hoped to reach "an agreement in principle" by midnight.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Senators Near Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Rescue Plan
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said he hoped to reach "an agreement in principle" by midnight.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Senators Race to Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Rescue Plan
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said he hoped to reach "an agreement in principle" by midnight.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Stock Sales by Senator Richard Burr Ignite Political Uproar
The North Carolina Republican is seeking to clear himself through an ethics investigation after the disclosure that he sold most of his holdings before the market tumbled.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Burr Seeks Ethics Investigation After Uproar Over Stock Sales
The North Carolina Republican is seeking to clear himself following the disclosure that he sold at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in shares before the market tumbled.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Spurs a Lobbying Gold Rush
Some industries are in dire need of a bailout. Others see a rare chance to win special breaks at a moment when the fiscal spigots are open.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 20, 2020

This Is the Stimulus We Need Right Now. It's Not $1,000 for Every American.
The administration and Congress must act — but wisely. The place to start is the overwhelmed health care system.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2020

5 Takeaways From the Coronavirus Economic Relief Package
Senate Republicans introduced a roughly $1 trillion economic stabilization plan that includes $1,200 payments to many taxpayers, tax cuts for large corporations and limits on paid leave.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2020

Senator Richard Burr Sold a Fortune in Stocks as G.O.P. Played Down Coronavirus Threat
After the sales in February, the North Carolina Republican warned a group that the virus could soon cause a major disruption in the United States. Three other senators also sold major holdings around the same time.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2020

Senator Sold Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Stocks After Suggesting U.S. Was Prepared for Coronavirus
Two weeks after the sales, Senator Richard Burr warned a nonpartisan group that the virus could soon cause a major disruption in the United States.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2020

Coronavirus Is in the Capitol. Some Lawmakers Think They Shouldn't Be.
As long as Congress has met, votes have been cast only in person. A growing group of lawmakers are pushing to change that in the age of coronavirus.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2020

Senate Rescue Package Includes Corporate Tax Cuts and $1,200 Checks
Republicans sought to put their imprint on an emerging economic stabilization package of $1 trillion, unveiling a bill that includes tax cuts and loans to businesses and would curtail paid leave.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 19, 2020

Mnuchin Proposes $1,000 Checks in $1 Trillion Stabilization Plan
Senate Republicans were hoping to unveil draft legislation that would constitute a third phase of a government rescue package as early as Thursday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Washington Weighs Big Bailouts to Help U.S. Economy Survive Coronavirus
The outbreak has closed businesses, made workers stay home and kept passengers off airplanes. That has lawmakers considering the biggest bailout in modern history.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Trump Seeks $500 Billion in Checks for Taxpayers
The administration is proposing two waves of checks to individuals and another $500 billion for small and large businesses as part of its economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Trump Seeks $500 Billion in Payments to Americans in Relief Plan
The administration is proposing two waves of checks to individuals and another $300 billion for small businesses as part of its economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Mobilizing Every Tool, Trump Seeks $500 Billion in Checks for Taxpayers
The administration is proposing two waves of checks to individuals and another $500 billion for small and large businesses as part of its economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

A Payroll Tax Cut Won't Work. Send Big Checks Now.
A pandemic requires a different kind of stimulus: The government needs to get money to consumers, bolster unemployment insurance and provide loans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Congress Races to Respond to Pandemic While Defying Ban on Mass Gatherings
The Senate is rushing to complete an economic stabilization package as lawmakers brace for potential travel restrictions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Congress Races to Respond While Defying Ban on Mass Gatherings
The Senate is rushing to complete an economic stabilization package as lawmakers brace for potential travel restrictions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 18, 2020

Give Every American $2,000, Immediately
A consensus is building around the simple expedient of sending cash to every American. Politicians need to move quickly.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 17, 2020

Watch Full Video: Bernie Sanders Speaks on Coronavirus
Senator Bernie Sanders delivered an address on the coronavirus epidemic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 17, 2020

Congress Is Knitting a Coronavirus Safety Net. It Already Has Big Holes.
Lawmakers and policy experts say a paid-leave program that passed the House would still discourage some virus-stricken workers from staying home.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 17, 2020

In Talking About Economic Recovery, Washington Shuns the B-Word
White House officials and lawmakers trying to bolster the economy during the coronavirus crisis don't want to hear about any bailouts.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 17, 2020

‘Go Big' on Coronavirus Stimulus, Trump Says, Pitching Checks for Americans
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will make the case to Republican senators on Tuesday for an $850 billion plan he said must be completed "now."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 16, 2020

Senate, Bidding for Time, Tries to Temporarily Revive Spy Tools
The extension set aside broader changes to surveillance laws because senators wanted to focus on addressing the coronavirus crisis.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 16, 2020

Trump Urges Limits Amid Pandemic, but Stops Short of National Mandates
President Trump issued national guidelines that included closing schools and avoiding bars, restaurants and groups of more than 10 as he prepared for months of upheaval.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 16, 2020

Protect Government Workers, Too, From the Coronavirus
Nonessential federal employees should be working from home.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 16, 2020

McConnell Has a Request for Veteran Federal Judges: Please Quit
The Senate majority leader has encouraged judges thinking about stepping down to do so soon to ensure that Republicans confirm their replacements this year.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 15, 2020

This Is One Anxiety We Should Eliminate for the Coronavirus Outbreak
A patient can do everything right and still face substantial surprise medical bills.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 14, 2020

Lawmakers Delay Promotion of Officer Involved in Deadly Niger Ambush
Col. Bradley D. Moses is the only officer in his unit involved in the 2017 attack to escape some form of punishment.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 12, 2020

‘Don't Panic': Fear and Loathing Grip Congress as Coronavirus Spreads
Captains of the ship or trapped in a petri dish? As reality sets in at the Capitol about the risks of a growing pandemic, Congress continues to meet.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 12, 2020

Trump's Coronavirus Response Is ‘Largely Incompetent,' Sanders Says
Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the coronavirus crisis, saying that the Trump administration's response has threatened lives.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 12, 2020

Watch Full Video: Sanders Addresses Nation About Coronavirus
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke about the country's response to the coronavirus crisis.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 12, 2020

Trump Throws Surveillance Bill Into Chaos With Implicit Veto Threat
The president's comments could derail a bipartisan deal to extend three F.B.I. tools for national-security investigations set to expire Sunday.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Mar 12, 2020

Surveillance Tools Will Lapse as Trump Signals Possible Veto
The president's comments could derail a bipartisan deal to extend three F.B.I. tools for national security investigations. They expire Sunday.

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