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Voting 95-1, Senate Backs Sweden, Finland Joining NATO

McConnell had lobbied Republicans, saying a larger alliance will make US safer

(Newser) - Russian aggression helped bring Republicans and Democrats together on Wednesday, as the Senate voted 95-1 to endorse letting Finland and Sweden join NATO. A two-thirds vote would have been sufficient, but Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had been lobbying his members, the New York Times reports. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, McConnell...

Senate Republicans Answer on Gun Bills

'New York Times' puts answers up against lawmakers' NRA grades and donations

(Newser) - At least 10 GOP senators would have to support gun control legislation for it to pass. The New York Times contacted all 50 Republicans to see whether they'll back two measures that the House has approved to toughen background checks for people who want to buy guns. Most of...

GOP Senators Make Unannounced Trip to Kyiv

Zelensky welcomes display 'of bipartisan support'

(Newser) - The latest unannounced trip to Ukraine by US politicos was made Saturday by four Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the visit as "a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine," the Washington Post reports. The meeting was announced Saturday by Zelensky's...

Biden Fed Nominee Withdraws After Manchin Says No

Biden says Sarah Bloom Raskin was 'subject to baseless attacks'

(Newser) - Update: Sarah Bloom Raskin has withdrawn from consideration for a key post on the Federal Reserve's board of governors, handing Sen. Joe Manchin another win. The Democrat joined all 50 Republicans in the Senate Monday in opposition to confirming Bloom at the Fed's top banking regulator. In a...

Special Election in the Fall May Follow Inhofe Retirement
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Republican Senator Plans to Retire

Jim Inhofe's decision could prompt a special election in Oklahoma in the fall

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to announce his retirement next week, Politico reports, probably putting his seat up for grabs in a special election in the fall. The 87-year-old Oklahoman, who already had said this would be his final term in the Senate, would serve out this congressional session. If...

Another GOP Senator Says He'll Postpone Retirement

Ron Johnson, who said he wouldn't seek a third term, cites Democratic 'takeover'

(Newser) - For the second time in two days, a Republican senator on the edge of retiring has decided to instead run for reelection. Victory would bring Sen. Ron Johnson a third term; Johnson previously had told Wisconsin voters he would limit himself to two, WISN reports. Johnson acknowledged that in an...

Senate's No. 2 Republican Decides Against Retiring

John Thune is in line for McConnell's leadership job

(Newser) - Republican leaders have been trying to talk Sen. John Thune, who'd been considering retirement for months, into seeking reelection. The minority whip is a good bet to succeed Sen. Mitch McConnell as the party's Senate leader, Politico reports; McConnell turns 80 in February. They got their wish Saturday,...

Trump's Push to Oust McConnell Is Misfiring
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Trump's Push to Oust McConnell Is Misfiring

Politico: Not a single Republican senator is on board

(Newser) - Donald Trump has escalated his attacks on Mitch McConnell of late, but Politico reports that the former president's push to oust McConnell as Senate Republican leader is fizzling. Not a single GOP senator has expressed support for the idea, and the story notes that only two GOP senatorial candidates...

Among Republicans, Worries Raised About Infighting

Senate Republicans unhappy with counterparts in the House

(Newser) - By most political forecasts—including this new one at Roll Call —Republicans stand a good chance of retaking the House next year. But another theme is emerging in coverage as well: Friction within the House GOP is getting worse and threatening to hurt the party's progress. The Hill...

On Senator's Side, GOP Brass. In Challenger's Corner, Trump

Alaska's Murkowski launches 2022 reelection campaign, with Trump endorsee Tshibaka looming

(Newser) - Only one of seven Republican senators who found Donald Trump guilty in his second impeachment trial is up for reelection in 2022, and she's now officially made her bid, with a challenger who's been endorsed by the former president. Lisa Murkowski filed on Friday to run for her...

Longest-Serving Senate Republican Is Running Again

Chuck Grassley, 88, says he has 'a lot more to do' for Iowa

(Newser) - During his predawn jog on Friday, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted a message to his followers that had a bit of a double meaning. "I'm running," he posted , and while he meant it literally, he was also referring to a decision he'd recently arrived at with...

Trump, McConnell's Icy Relationship Just Got Icier

'WSJ' report says former president is seeking GOPers to challenge the ex-Senate majority leader

(Newser) - If you've been wondering about Sen. Mitch McConnell's standing in the eyes of former President Trump—well, it doesn't appear to be too high. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has been gunning for the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, working behind the scenes to find...

Senators Vote to Work on $1T Infrastructure Plan

Package passes test vote, 67-32, and moves toward debate

(Newser) - Senators of both parties voted Wednesday night to get started on President Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The 67-32 vote puts the Senate on schedule to begin debate on the package this week, the Washington Post reports, a full month after Biden had announced that a deal had been...

GOP Uses Filibuster to Derail Jan. 6 Inquiry

Measures comes up short of necessary 60 votes in the Senate

(Newser) - The bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol attracted the support of six Republican senators Friday, but it wasn't enough. The vote was 54-35, Politico reports. No Democrat was opposed, so the procedural vote would have needed 10 GOP votes...

Longtime Va. Senator, Liz Taylor's Sixth Husband, Dies at 94

Republican John Warner had an independent streak that infuriated hardcore conservatives

(Newser) - Former Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, a former Navy secretary who was once married to Elizabeth Taylor, has died at 94, his longtime chief of staff said Wednesday. Warner died Tuesday of heart failure at home in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and daughter at his side, Susan A....

GOP Senator's Remarks on Capitol Riot Draw Cries of Racism

Ron Johnson said he wasn't scared during attack because rioters weren't BLM, antifa

(Newser) - On a radio program Thursday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he wasn't scared during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that left five dead, but his reasoning for why he wasn't in fear as supporters of former President Trump stormed the building has led to accusations of racism...

5th GOP Senator Says He'll Retire
5th GOP Senator
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5th GOP Senator Says He'll Retire

Roy Blunt of Missouri won't run for reelection in 2022

(Newser) - Roy Blunt on Monday became the fifth Republican senator to announce that he's calling it quits. The 71-year-old Missouri lawmaker said in a tweeted video that he will not seek reelection in 2022. Axios notes that Blunt is the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate, and it ticks off the...

What Senate Vote Count Says About the Impeachment Trial

It's still happening after 55-45 vote against Rand Paul's objection, but conviction looks iffy

(Newser) - Former President Trump's impeachment trial begins Feb. 9, but a vote Tuesday in the Senate revealed a mostly partisan split over the validity of having the trial in the first place. It was a win for the Democrats, only in that they, and five Republicans who joined them, quashed...

Only 5 GOP Senators Vote to Proceed With Trump Trial

Rand Paul objection failed with 55-45 vote

(Newser) - Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday against moving forward with Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, making clear a conviction of the former president for "incitement of insurrection" is unlikely. In a 55-45 procedural vote, the Senate set aside an objection from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that would have...

Pelosi to Send Impeachment Article to Senate Monday

Trial could start Tuesday, though a delay is possible

(Newser) - It looks like Mitch McConnell will not get his wish. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles charging former President Donald Trump with "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate on Monday, reports the Hill . "Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States...

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