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Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 22, 2021

Abby Finkenauer Challenges Grassley for Iowa Senate Seat
Abby Finkenauer, a 32-year-old former congresswoman, is jumping into next year's race against Senator Charles E. Grassley, the Republican incumbent.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 22, 2021

Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats
The F.B.I. said some of the 4,500 tips it received about Justice Brett Kavanaugh were given to the Trump White House, leading some Democrats to call the process a sham.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 22, 2021

Senate Panel Splits on Confirming Stone-Manning to Lead Land Agency
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic majority leader, is expected to advance Tracy Stone-Manning's nomination. Democrats say they have the votes to confirm her.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 22, 2021

Wyden Delays Hearing on Biden's Nominee to Lead Customs and Border Protection
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is delaying a hearing until the administration answers questions about the response to last year's unrest in Portland.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 22, 2021

A Democratic senator is bottling up Biden's Customs and Border Protection nominee.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is delaying a hearing until the administration answers questions about the response to last year's unrest in Portland.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2021

Biden Says Nixing Filibuster Would Throw Congress ‘Into Chaos'
"I don't want the debate to only be about whether or not we have a filibuster," the president said at a CNN town hall.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2021

G.O.P. Blocks Infrastructure Debate in Senate, Raising Doubts About a Deal
The failed test vote reflected mistrust between Democrats and Republicans, raising questions about whether they could agree on a key piece of President Biden's agenda.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2021

Senate Republicans Block Infrastructure Debate
Republicans blocked a Senate vote to start debate on an emerging bipartisan infrastructure plan, pushing for more negotiation time. Senator Chuck Schumer forced the vote in a bid to increase pressure to resolve the talks.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2021

Watch Live: Senate Votes on Infrastructure Agreement
Democrats plan to force a procedural vote on a nearly $600 billion bipartisan bill to address the nation's aging infrastructure. It is expected to fail amid Republican opposition, as negotiations over key details continue.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2021

Former Democratic Aides Call for Changes to Senate Filibuster
Ex-chiefs of staff say the Senate rules need to be changed to end what they called abuse of the tactic.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 21, 2021

Senate G.O.P. Set to Sink Test Vote on Infrastructure Bill, Pleading for More Negotiation Time
Senator Chuck Schumer said he would move ahead with the test vote, even as Republicans warned it would undercut the ongoing negotiations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2021

As Virus Resurges, G.O.P. Lawmakers Allow Vaccine Skepticism to Flourish
As the coronavirus's Delta variant rips through conservative communities, most Republicans remain reluctant to confront vaccine misinformation and skepticism in their midst.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2021

Texas Democrats Face Covid Outbreak and a Stalled Voting Rights Push
After at least six state lawmakers tested positive for the coronavirus, the group is now confined to a Washington hotel, holding virtual meetings and making little headway in its persuasion campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2021

Delta Variant Accounts for 83% of Virus Cases
Health officials testified before the Senate that the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus was spreading rapidly across the country, particularly in areas with low levels of vaccinations.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 20, 2021

Democrats Prepare for Vote on Tracy Stone-Manning to Lead Bureau of Land Management
As a graduate student in the 1980s, Tracy Stone-Manning was linked to a tree-spiking effort by environmentalists. Republicans say that makes her unfit to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2021

Senators and Biden Aides Struggle to Save Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
A looming deadline and a last-minute need for a new revenue source are complicating a deal that was announced nearly a month ago.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2021

Capitol Rioter Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison
The sentence could serve as an indicator for scores of similar cases.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2021

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Faces New Challenges
Senate Republicans warned that they would not move forward with a planned test vote this week on an unfinished bill and negotiators jettisoned a crucial proposal to help pay for it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 19, 2021

Senate Democrats Hold Hearing on Voting in Georgia
Senators are hearing testimony from Georgians affected by the restrictive new voting law signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. But their real aim is to sway a debate in Washington.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 18, 2021

Klobuchar Lays Out New Goals for Often Low-Key Rules Committee
The panel typically focuses on the Senate's inner workings, but its chairwoman, Amy Klobuchar, is seeking to transform it into a major force on voting rights.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2021

2022 Midterm Elections: Democrats See Early Edge in Senate Map
Early fund-raising has given Democrats cause for optimism in key states as Republicans split over how closely to align with Donald Trump's preferences.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2021

Democrats See Early Edge in 2022 Senate Map
Early fund-raising totals provide Democrats cause for optimism in key states as Republicans split over how closely to align with Donald Trump's preferences. But historical trends work against the party in power.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 17, 2021

‘Rogue' U.S. Agency Used Racial Profiling to Investigate Commerce Dept. Employees, Report Says
An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an "unaccountable police force" inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2021

Mark Warner, a ‘Business Guy' Democrat, Lands Back in the Fray
Virginia's senior senator spent years in the Capitol eyeing the exits. Now he is seen as a "linchpin" in talks on infrastructure, social and environmental spending, and the tax increases to pay for it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2021

Push to ‘Free Britney' Gains Steam on Capitol Hill
As lawmakers share social media posts and messages of solidarity, activists hope the increased attention on Britney Spears's conservatorship case will prompt legislative change.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2021

Democrats Push a Budget to Fulfill Biden's Aggressive Economic Ambitions
The $3.5 trillion blueprint under consideration in the Senate would deliver, at least temporarily, on the economic promise of a unified Washington run by Democrats.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2021

Watch Full Video: Jerome Powell Testifies on Monetary Policy
The Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the newest monetary report.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2021

Watch Live: Jerome Powell Testifies on Monetary Policy
The Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on the newest monetary report.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2021

Democrats Call For a Tax on Imports From Polluting Countries
The party's $3.5 trillion budget plan would include a first-ever carbon tariff, as well as a host of other climate actions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2021

Democrats Roll Out $3.5 Trillion Budget to Fulfill Biden's Broad Agenda
"We're going to get a lot done," President Biden said, as Senate Democrats began drafting the details on a social and environmental bill that could yield transformative change.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2021

Schumer Proposes Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana
Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, offered draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2021

Schumer to Propose Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana
Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said the proposed bill would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and call for the immediate expunging of criminal records related to nonviolent marijuana arrests.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2021

Schumer Will Propose Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana
Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, will offer draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 14, 2021

In a Milestone, Schumer Will Propose Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana
Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, will offer draft legislation to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 13, 2021

Democrats Propose $3.5 Trillion Budget to Advance With Infrastructure Deal
The measure, which would include money to address climate change, expand Medicare and fulfill other Democratic priorities, is intended to deliver on President Biden's economic proposal.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 13, 2021

Lawmakers Grapple With Nagging Infrastructure Detail: How to Pay for It
Democratic leaders want a Senate vote on a major infrastructure bill as soon as next week, but Republicans are struggling to deliver the 10 votes needed to beat a filibuster.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 13, 2021

Lawmakers Grapple Nagging Infrastructure Detail: How to Pay for It
Democratic leaders want a Senate vote on a major infrastructure bill as soon as next week, but Republicans are struggling to deliver the 10 votes needed to beat a filibuster.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 13, 2021

Biden Speaks on Voting Rights in Philadelphia
The president tried to reinvigorate the fight for voting rights, but he made no mention of rolling back the filibuster, which some see as the only way to beat back Republican-led efforts to restrict ballot access.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 12, 2021

Senate Returns With Infrastructure on the Agenda
Democratic leaders have mapped out a monthlong sprint for senators, warning them to prepare for late nights and even the cancellation of part of their beloved August recess.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 11, 2021

The Ascension of Bernie Sanders
The senator is willing to break a few eggs, over easy, to get Democrats back on track to their working-class roots.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 10, 2021

In New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan May Face a High-Profile Fight
Senator Maggie Hassan, a former governor of her state, is working to burnish her centrist image without making political waves.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 09, 2021

Schumer Warns Democrats to Expect a Busy July
The top Senate Democrat confirmed that he intends to hold votes both on an infrastructure plan and a budget blueprint that could pave the way for a more expansive economic and social policy bill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2021

Indiana Detective on U.S. Task Force Is Fatally Shot, F.B.I. Says
Detective Greg Ferency was a 30-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department and a member of an F.B.I. task force since 2010, officials said.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2021

Fencing Put Up Around Capitol After Jan. 6 Riot Coming Down
The fence was viewed by many as a physical manifestation of the consequences of the Capitol riot.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2021

Senator Fights to End Deportation of Veterans
The Democratic senator from Illinois is pushing for legislation that would end the government's practice of deporting people who have served honorably in the United States military.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2021

America Needs More Than Just 50 States
How would you like to live in the state of New York City?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 07, 2021

America Needs to Break Up Its Biggest States
How would you like to live in the state of New York City?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 03, 2021

Can the Senate Be Saved? Ben Nelson, the Manchin of Yesteryear, Has Doubts
A former Democratic centrist senator says too many lawmakers come to Washington to obstruct rather than be constructive.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 02, 2021

Biden Supports Changing Military Law on Sexual Assault Cases
A growing movement supports independent investigations and prosecutions of sexual assault cases, outside of the military chain of command.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 01, 2021

J.D. Vance Is Running for Senate in Ohio
The author and venture capitalist will vie for the Republican nomination in one of the most wide-open 2022 Senate races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 01, 2021

The Author of 'Hillbilly Elegy' Is Running for Senate in Ohio
The author and venture capitalist will vie for the Republican nomination in one of the most wide-open 2022 Senate races.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 01, 2021

Biden's Chief of Staff Is Worried About ‘Everything.' Except the Midterms.
Ron Klain discusses the infrastructure bill, the White House pandemic response and why he'll "let Republicans deal with Donald Trump."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jul 01, 2021

What's Keeping Biden's Chief of Staff Up at Night?
‘Everything' — except, apparently, the midterms.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 29, 2021

As Infrastructure Deal Gathers Steam, Democratic Cracks Begin to Show
House progressives say they can bring down the bipartisan bill if they do not get their priorities too, but as White House lobbying steps up, other Democrats have different ideas.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2021

House Passes Bills to Bolster Scientific Research
The legislation would invest in traditional research and development, clashing with a broad Senate measure that focuses on cutting-edge technology to compete with China.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 28, 2021

House Passes Bills to Bolster Scientific Research, Breaking With Senate
The legislation would invest in traditional research and development, clashing with a broad Senate measure that focuses on cutting-edge technology to compete with China.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2021

Infrastructure Deal Is Back on Track After Biden's Assurances
Moderate Republicans said they believed that the $1.2 trillion bill, which they suggested they could now begin drafting, would have enough G.O.P. support to pass the Senate.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 27, 2021

Mike Gravel, Unconventional Two-Term Alaska Senator, Dies at 91
He made headlines by fighting for an oil pipeline and reading the Pentagon Papers aloud. After 25 years of obscurity, he re-emerged with a quixotic presidential campaign.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2021

‘Not My Intent': How Biden's Impromptu Comments Upended a Political Win
President Biden's attempts to deliver a bipartisan deal alongside a bold, progressive legislative package threatened to jeopardize his agenda.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2021

Biden Walks Back Impromptu Comments That Imperiled Bipartisan Deal
The admission was an attempt by the White House to salvage what had been one of the signature successes for a president who hopes to cement a legacy as a bipartisan deal maker.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 26, 2021

Bipartisan Deal Would Meet Only Some of Nation's Infrastructure Needs
Experts say the details of the spending will matter — and that, in some areas, more money will be needed to fix beleaguered roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 25, 2021

On Infrastructure, Biden Tests the Limits of Having It Both Ways
The president has long pitched himself as both solidly progressive and committed to bipartisanship. His deal with Republicans, coupled with assurances to liberals, attempts to marry the two.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2021

Biden and Senators Reach Broad Infrastructure Deal
The bipartisan agreement is a significant victory, but Democratic leaders say it can pass only once a far larger social policy bill is complete.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2021

On Infrastructure, Bipartisanship Is Alive. On Jan. 6? Not a Chance.
On certain rare matters, Democrats are finding buy-in with Republicans. On many others, the battle lines are firmly drawn.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2021

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Omits Big Climate Measures
Democrats hope to include climate and clean energy in a second bill. It could be Biden's last chance to pass major global warming legislation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2021

Infrastructure, Surfside, Giuliani: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
Here's what you need to know at the end of the day.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2021

What is in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan?
And some key elements that didn't make the cut.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 24, 2021

Watch Live: Biden Delivers Remarks on Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan
President Biden delivers remarks after a bipartisan group of senators and White House negotiators agreed on a framework for an infrastructure agreement. It is expected to increase federal spending by nearly $600 billion.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

Biden and Senators Close In on Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
Lawmakers were set to take a tentative framework to the White House on Thursday. Administration officials signaled the president was prepared to support it, pending final details.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

Why Democrats Are Reluctantly Making Voter ID Laws a Bargaining Chip
While party leaders have long worried about the discriminatory effects of such laws, many now see other restrictive voting measures pushed by Republicans as a more urgent threat.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

Defense Secretary Backs Changes to Military Law on Sexual Assault
A legislative clash looms over whether the military justice system should be overhauled to change the way all serious crimes are handled.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

Democrats and Activists Focus on the Filibuster After a Defeat on Voting Rights
Backers of the elections bill hope Republican obstruction will lead to a change in Senate rules, but Democratic holdouts remain firm.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

Lessons from the Demise of a Voting Rights Bill
A sweeping election overhaul bill was blocked in the Senate. What does its failure teach us about the fate of other Democratic priorities and future of voting rights?

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

A Bill Destined to Fail May Now Spawn More Plausible Options
The For the People Act had little chance of testing the limits of what if anything is still possible in Washington. Oddly, it was so far from passage that it may provide some hope, because so many avenues remain to be pursued.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 23, 2021

Biden's Economic Agenda Faces Familiar Hurdle With Fight Over Financing
As Democrats pursue both bipartisan infrastructure negotiations and a catch-all economic package, old divisions persist on how to fund the spending.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Sanders signals openness to adjusting SALT cap
The cap primarily increases the tax bills of higher-income residents of high-tax states like New York and California.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Republicans Filibuster Voting Rights Bill
Senate Republicans used the filibuster on Tuesday to block debate on an ambitious Democratic bill aimed at countering a wave of ballot restrictions in G.O.P.-controlled states.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Republicans Block Voting Rights Bill, Dealing Blow to Biden and Democrats
All 50 G.O.P. senators opposed the sweeping elections overhaul, leaving a long-shot bid to eliminate the filibuster as Democrats' best remaining hope to enact legal changes.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner
The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress's central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

For the People Act Blocked by G.O.P. Filibuster in Senate
President Biden had urged the Senate to pass the bill and "send it to my desk."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Senate Debates Voting Rights Reform
Senate Republicans on Tuesday used the filibuster to block a bill intended to overhaul elections throughout the country.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Democrats Vow to Redouble Voting Push: ‘Today Is the Starter Pistol'
Even as the party's sweeping elections bill was blocked in the Senate, Democrats and civil rights groups reaffirmed their resolve to fight for voting protections in Congress.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

For the People Act Poised to Hit Filibuster in Senate
President Biden on Tuesday urged the Senate to pass the voting rights bill and "send it to my desk."

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Senate Will Vote on Debating Voting Rights Reform
The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on a proposal that will reform U.S. elections. All 50 Senate Republicans oppose the measure and are expected to filibuster the bill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Senate Confirms Kiran Ahuja to Lead Office of Personnel Management
Ms. Ahuja returns to the personnel agency where she served as chief of staff during the final two years of the Obama administration.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 22, 2021

Washington, D.C., Mayor Urges Statehood Legislation
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser encouraged a Senate committee on Tuesday to consider legislation that would make Washington, D.C., the nation's 51st state.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 21, 2021

Democrats Unite Behind Voting Rights Bill as It Faces a Senate Roadblock
With Republicans set to filibuster, Democrats are focusing on staying unified in the face of defeat. But the path ahead for the legislation is murky at best.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 20, 2021

Stop Hoping the G.O.P. Will Play Ball
Democrats are playing an honor game; Republicans are playing an endgame.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 20, 2021

Infrastructure Bill Talks Collide With Democrats' Goal to Tax the Rich
Many Democrats see the push for an infrastructure package as an opportunity to raise taxes on rich individuals and corporations. But resistance is coming from multiple directions.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 19, 2021

As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales
Secrecy has long been part of the art market's mystique, but now lawmakers say they fear it fosters abuses and should be addressed.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 19, 2021

‘I'm Getting Ready': Herschel Walker's Cryptic Video Could Upend Georgia Senate Race
If the Georgia college football legend Herschel Walker declares his candidacy it could put former President Donald J. Trump's power as a kingmaker to the test.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 19, 2021

The Two Men Blocking Military Sexual Assault Reform
The military justice system is in dire need of an overhaul. Two senators are standing athwart a bipartisan fix.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 19, 2021

Will Senators Inhofe and Reed Stand Against a Bill to Protect Service Members?
The military justice system is in dire need of an overhaul. Two senators are standing athwart a bipartisan fix.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 19, 2021

Herschel Walker's Cryptic Video Could Upend Georgia Senate Race
If the Georgia college football legend Herschel Walker declares his candidacy it could put former President Donald J. Trump's power as a kingmaker to the test.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 18, 2021

Trump endorses Kelly Tshibaka, Murkowski's challenger in Alaska's Senate race.
Donald J. Trump has been following the race closely, his advisers said, hoping to unseat Senator Lisa Murkowski after she voted to convict him in his second impeachment trial.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 18, 2021

Katie Hobbs and Kyrsten Sinema Illustrate a Voting Rights Divide
Ms. Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, saw her star rise as she fought Republicans' election falsehoods. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat, insists on a bipartisan approach to voting rights.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 17, 2021

Joe Manchin and the Magic 50th Vote for Democrats' Voting Rights Bill
Democrats know that their election overhaul has no chance as long as the filibuster exists, but they are eager to show that all that stands in its way are Republicans.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 17, 2021

Democrats Float $6 Trillion Plan Amid Talks on Narrower Infrastructure Deal
Democrats are considering moving unilaterally on a sweeping economic package even as bipartisan talks continue on a smaller infrastructure bill.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 17, 2021

St. Louis Couple Who Aimed Guns at Protesters Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors
Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey of Missouri will pay a total of nearly $3,000 in fines and give up the weapons used in the confrontation.

Politics - U.S. Senate
Jun 17, 2021

Hopes Fade for Imminent Federal Deal on College Athletes, Pressuring N.C.A.A.
New state laws are scheduled to take effect on July 1, but there are vanishingly low expectations for a deal in Washington in the coming days.

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