The GOP's most important votes: 2 Democrats

The GOP's most important votes: 2 Democrats

The GOP's most important votes: 2 Democrats Mitch McConnell had an unusual request for Senate Republicans this week: Say nice things about two Democrats. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are under lots of pressure from liberal activists and their Democratic colleagues to …..

'Breyer Retire' campaign looms over Dems' tenuous majority

'Breyer Retire' campaign looms over Dems' tenuous majority

'Breyer Retire' campaign looms over Dems' tenuous majority Democrats are grappling with judicial déja vu: an aging liberal Supreme Court justice, a paper-thin Senate majority and activist pressure to swing the bench leftward. Justice Stephen Breyer is 82 and Democrats are a single Senate seat …..

Pivotal GOP senator isn’t giving up on guns deal with Biden

Pivotal GOP senator isn’t giving up on guns deal with Biden

Pivotal GOP senator isn’t giving up on guns deal with Biden Republicans don’t love President Joe Biden’s executive actions on guns. But some still want to work with him on gun safety legislation. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who cut a 2013 deal on background checks …..

Chuck Schumer is thinking big — gridlocked Senate be damned

Chuck Schumer is thinking big — gridlocked Senate be damned

Chuck Schumer is thinking big — gridlocked Senate be damned Chuck Schumer vowed in November that when his Democrats “take Georgia, then we change the world.” He wasn’t far off. The New Yorker’s ascension to Senate majority leader gave President Joe Biden the power to …..

Two Dem senators balk at Biden's new spending plan

Two Dem senators balk at Biden's new spending plan

Two Dem senators balk at Biden's new spending plan Joe Manchin wants his party’s leaders and President Joe Biden to make significant changes to their sweeping new tax-and-spend legislation — and he’s got other Democratic senators with him. The West Virginia Democrat is readying for …..

McConnell: Big Business acting like 'woke parallel government'

McConnell: Big Business acting like 'woke parallel government'

McConnell: Big Business acting like 'woke parallel government' Mitch McConnell is putting Big Business on notice: There will be "serious consequences" if corporate America continues acting like "a woke parallel government." The broadside from the Senate minority leader, who has aligned himself with the business …..

McConnell rules out GOP support for Biden spending plan

McConnell rules out GOP support for Biden spending plan

McConnell rules out GOP support for Biden spending plan Mitch McConnell on Thursday ruled out support from his Republicans for President Joe Biden’s new infrastructure plan, all but ensuring that the proposal will have to pass with lockstep Democratic unity in the Senate. At an …..

Sanders pushes Medicare expansion in Dems' next big bill

Sanders pushes Medicare expansion in Dems' next big bill

Sanders pushes Medicare expansion in Dems' next big bill Bernie Sanders wants to make sweeping changes to Medicare and prescription drug policy — and evade the filibuster to do it. The Vermont Independent is urging his party to force Medicare to enter into negotiations with …..

McConnell's No. 2 weighs future as Trump reshapes Senate GOP

McConnell's No. 2 weighs future as Trump reshapes Senate GOP

McConnell's No. 2 weighs future as Trump reshapes Senate GOP John Thune could eventually succeed Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP leader. But first the second-ranked Republican has to decide whether to run for reelection — with Donald Trump prepared to stand in his way. As …..

Voting rights clash hurtles Senate toward nuclear breakdown

Voting rights clash hurtles Senate toward nuclear breakdown

Voting rights clash hurtles Senate toward nuclear breakdown There’s no better preview of the voting rights buzzsaw that’s about to splinter the Senate than the current disagreement between Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt. Klobuchar and Blunt are a notably effective bipartisan pair on many issues, …..

Collins opposes key Pentagon nominee, narrowing confirmation path

Collins opposes key Pentagon nominee, narrowing confirmation path

Collins opposes key Pentagon nominee, narrowing confirmation path GOP Sen. Susan Collins is opposing President Joe Biden’s nominee for a top Pentagon job, narrowing the path for Colin Kahl to be confirmed as the undersecretary of defense for policy. Collins’ position likely means Kahl’s nomination …..

‘God no’: GOP immigration allies disappear as crisis mounts

‘God no’: GOP immigration allies disappear as crisis mounts

‘God no’: GOP immigration allies disappear as crisis mounts Lindsey Graham introduced a bipartisan immigration bill 43 days ago. But if it came up on the Senate floor today, he wouldn’t support it. “God no,” the South Carolina Republican senator scoffed in an interview. “I’m …..

Senate centrists weigh brokering deals on immigration, minimum wage

Senate centrists weigh brokering deals on immigration, minimum wage

Senate centrists weigh brokering deals on immigration, minimum wage A bipartisan group of senators who successfully pushed for a second coronavirus aid bill last year will meet on Wednesday as they weigh whether to wade into another thorny topic, such as immigration or the minimum …..

Collins-Schumer rift shocks Senate

Collins-Schumer rift shocks Senate

Collins-Schumer rift shocks Senate While Washington undergoes a much-needed spring thaw, Chuck Schumer and Susan Collins’ relationship is frostier than ever. More than four months after Collins handily dispatched Schumer’s efforts to deny her a fifth term, the moderate Maine Republican and the Senate majority …..