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Congress Considers Expanding Draft to Women

Proposal is unlikely to become law amid pushback from Republicans

(Newser) - Congressional lawmakers are considering a proposal to update mandatory conscription to include women for the first time. With fewer than 1% of US adults serving in active duty combat roles and the Pentagon facing recruitment challenges, military experts in 2020 recommended Congress include women in the draft "in the...

Back on Capitol Hill, Trump Makes Some Odd Headlines

An MTG joke, a reported Milwaukee slam, and an odd assertion about Nancy Pelosi

(Newser) - Donald Trump made his first visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday since the 2021 Capitol riot by his supporters, reports NPR . And while the purpose of the visit was ostensibly to talk policy and election strategy with House and Senate Republicans, it also "symbolized his official return to Washington...

Johnson: Supreme Court Will 'Set This Straight'

McConnell also rips verdict but leaves justices out of it

(Newser) - House Speaker Mike Johnson, who slammed Donald Trump's conviction on Thursday as political , has a fix in mind. "I do believe the Supreme Court should step in," the Republican said Friday on Fox News. "I think they'll set this straight but it's going to...

3rd Senator Joins Race to Be Next GOP Leader

Rick Scott, a Trump ally, will run for McConnell's position next year

(Newser) - Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he will run for Senate Republican leader when Mitch McConnell steps down from the post, becoming the third Republican in the race, the AP reports. South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the current No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn...

Senate GOP Tries to Avoid Rick Scott's Error

McConnell says he's focusing on 51 seats and candidate quality, though Schumer sees a problem there

(Newser) - In 2022, Sen. Rick Scott—chair of the Republican Senate campaign effort—predicted his party would soar to as many as 55 seats after the midterm elections. Instead, Democrats gained a seat. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is staying away from such predictions this time, Politico reports, saying his goal is...

Denied One Endorsement, Trump Scores Another

Mitch McConnell gets behind the man he once called 'disgraceful'

(Newser) - On the heels of Nikki Haley dropping out of the 2024 race, and notably refraining from endorsing rival Donald Trump , the former president has picked up the endorsement of Mitch McConnell, reports the Washington Post . Calling it "abundantly clear" that Trump "has earned the requisite support of Republican...

Forget the 'Three Johns,' It Might Be a Steve

Donald Trump is encouraging Montana Sen. Daines to run for McConnell's leadership position

(Newser) - Prior to Thursday, the smart money in DC was that one of "three Johns" would take over Mitch McConnell's leadership position in the Senate in January. But now it appears that a "Steve" might be a top contender—Montana Sen. Steve Daines. And the reason is Donald...

McConnell's Legacy Isn't in Congress
McConnell's Legacy
Isn't in Congress

McConnell's Legacy Isn't in Congress

'Rulings from judges he helped confirm will be shaping American life for decades to come'

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, history's longest-serving Senate leader, plans to step down as after November's elections . The 82-year-old has led Senate Republicans since 2007, but his real legacy will be outside the chamber, analysts say. He helped build a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court by blocking...

Longest-Serving Senate Leader Ever to Hang Up His Hat

It's been a record run in the job for Mitch McConnell

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. The AP reports McConnell, who turned 82 last week, is set to announce his decision Wednesday....

In Rare All-Nighter, Senate Passes $95B Aid Package

Funds going to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

(Newser) - The Senate early Tuesday passed a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, pushing ahead amid growing divisions in the Republican Party over the role of the United States abroad. The vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held...

Two-Thirds of Senate Backs Aid to Ukraine, Israel

Test vote puts measure on track for final approval this week

(Newser) - The Senate voted to move ahead with emergency aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan on Sunday, capping a weekend of negotiations. "I can't remember the last time the Senate was in session on Super Bowl Sunday, but as I've said all week long, we're going to...

Senate Border Deal Collapses
Senate Border Deal Collapses

Senate Border Deal Collapses

'We have no real chance here to make a law,' McConnell says

(Newser) - It took months of bipartisan negotiations to craft it, but the Senate border deal didn't survive long enough for House Speaker Mike Johnson to make good on his promise to declare it "dead on arrival in the House." The deal suffered what the AP calls a "...

Bill Shuts Border if Migrant Number Hits 5K a Day
What to Know About
the New Border Bill
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What to Know About the New Border Bill

Senate bill sets migrant thresholds for closing the border, as House speaker calls it 'dead on arrival'

(Newser) - Senate leaders released their long-awaited immigration proposal Sunday, one that couples new border laws with aid to Ukraine ($60 billion) and Israel ($14 billion). It marks the start of what will be a busy, politically fraught week in both the House and Senate on the issue.
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Schumer: I've Never Worked This Closely With McConnell Before

Senate unveils $118B package pairing border policies with aid for Ukraine, Israel

(Newser) - Senators on Sunday released a highly anticipated $118 billion package that pairs border enforcement policy with wartime aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other US allies, setting off a long-shot effort to push the bill through heavy skepticism from Republicans, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, the AP reports. The proposal could...

After Deaths of US Troops, Pressure Grows on Biden

McConnell, others in GOP want him to hit Iran directly after strike against Americans in Jordan

(Newser) - After a drone attack reportedly from an Iran-backed militant group killed three US soldiers in Jordan and wounded dozens of others Saturday night, President Biden is under pressure from GOP hawks in Congress to attack Iran directly. Axios and ABC News round up a few examples, including Lindsey Graham, who...

Liz Cheney: 'History Will Judge' Trump Backers

He's an 'existential threat' to the country, says former rep, who does not rule out a third-party run

(Newser) - A vocal critic of former President Trump is backing Nikki Haley's plans to stay in the GOP primary race through Super Tuesday . Liz Cheney said she's "working to defeat [Trump] at every step of the way" during an episode of "Pod Save America" to air Friday,...

McConnell Concedes to 'Nominee' Trump on Border

Border Deal
Is Still Alive

McConnell Clarifies: Border Deal Is Still Alive

Much confusion exists over the status of the deal opposed by Donald Trump

(Newser) - It appears that Mitch McConnell isn't ready to give up on a border deal after all. Politico reports that the Senate minority leader clarified in a private party meeting on Thursday that he still wants to work out a deal on border security with Democrats linked to Ukraine aid....

McConnell Goes After Trump With Mention of His Own Wife

Senate minority leader brings up Elaine Chao in pushback at former president's immigrant remarks

(Newser) - Last weekend, former President Trump ramped up his attacks on immigrants at a New Hampshire rally, asserting they're "poisoning the blood of our country." Trump is now getting pushback on his rhetoric from both sides of the aisle, including from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow...

McConnell: 'I'm Going to Finish My Term'

And his GOP colleagues appear to largely support him

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared again Wednesday that he plans to finish his term as leader despite freezing up at two news conferences over the summer, brushing off questions about his health as he sought to reassure colleagues he's still up to the job, the AP reports. At...

Doctor Reports No Signs McConnell Had a Stroke

Capitol physician rules out several possible causes without suggesting why senator has frozen up

(Newser) - After experts suggested Sen. Mitch McConnell's public freezing episodes were caused by something other than lightheadedness or dehydration, the US Capitol's physician has listed potential causes that have been ruled out. A medical examination of the Republican leader on Wednesday found no signs that he is dealing with...

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