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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&#39;ll Retire
5th GOP Senator
Says He'll Retire

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...

Senate Gets Tense as GOP Again Blocks $2K Payments

Schumer blames McConnell, who rips 'cash giveaways'

(Newser) - Time ran out Friday on winning congressional approval of raising coronavirus relief payments from $600 to $2,000, as senators spent the holiday arguing the issue. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on the increase for the fourth straight day, the Hill reports. Congress adjourns on Saturday. Saying it...

GOP Senator Slams Colleague's 'Dangerous Ploy'

Trying to block Biden win is 'playing with fire,' Sasse says

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Josh Hawley plans to challenge election results , forcing a vote when Congress meets to certify them next week—but his colleague Sen. Ben Sasse definitely won't be voting with him. In an open letter to constituents , the Nebraska Republican slams the "dangerous ploy" of attempting to...

GOP Senator Will Force Vote on Certifying Results

Josh Hawley will object on Jan. 6

(Newser) - House Republicans planning to raise objections when Congress meets to certify the election results have found their Senate dancing partner. Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley has confirmed that he also plans to object during the chambers' joint meeting, meaning they will then separate to debate the results from at least...

McConnell Blocks Vote on $2K Relief Checks

Trump says measure must pass unless Republicans have a 'death wish'

(Newser) - While the final weeks of President Trump's time in office were always going to be unpredictable, not many people thought he'd end up on the same side as Sen. Bernie Sanders in a clash with Senate Republicans. The president lashed out Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

House Approves $2K Payments. Senate Is Up Next

Schumer plans to bring the bill up Tuesday, but one senator could stop it

(Newser) - The House voted Monday to send Americans who qualify $2,000, agreeing with President Trump that the $600 called for in the recently approved pandemic stimulus package is inadequate. Trump had threatened to veto that legislation, which included money to keep the government operating, before signing it Sunday night. The...

Trump to GOP Senators: 'Sadly, Mitch Forgot'

President criticizes Senate leader as 'first one off the ship' after acknowledgement of Biden win

(Newser) - President Trump sent a warning of sorts to Republican senators Monday night about crossing him when it comes to his challenge of the election, reports Axios . An email to the lawmakers criticizes Mitch McConnell, who publicly acknowledged Joe Biden as president-elect last week. "Sadly, Mitch forgot,” reads the...

GOP Senator on Blocking Stimulus Checks: 'I'm Not Heartless'

Ron Johnson insists $1,200 checks aren't the way to go, would balloon national debt

(Newser) - As the end of the year draws near, Capitol Hill is still wrangling with a new COVID relief plan—and this week, one GOP senator made clear his views on stimulus checks to Americans as part of that plan. The Hill reports that on Friday, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of...

McConnell to Senators: Don't Challenge Election Result

It could lead to a 'terrible vote,' he says

(Newser) - After Monday's Electoral College vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect —and he doesn't want members of his caucus to try to challenge the result. Sources tell Politico that in a call Tuesday, McConnell and other Senate GOP leaders warned caucus...

Utah Senator Blocks National Latino Museum

And one for women, with Mike Lee saying we don't need 'separate but equal' Smithsonian museums

(Newser) - For more than 25 years, there's been an effort to establish a national Latino museum within the Smithsonian Institution's museum family. And that dream seemed closer to coming to fruition this week, with bipartisan legislation toward that end on the Senate table. Enter Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who...

Another Senator Tests Positive
Another Senator Tests Positive 

Another Senator Tests Positive

Kelly Loeffler tests positive a day after campaigning with Mike Pence

(Newser) - Barely had Sen. Rick Scott announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, when another Senate Republican made the same announcement: Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, currently in a Jan. 5 runoff election for her seat, tested positive on Friday after a day of campaigning maskless with Vice President Mike...

Rick Scott: I&#39;ve Got COVID
Rick Scott: I've Got COVID

Rick Scott: I've Got COVID

Florida senator says he's 'feeling good' with mild symptoms, is quarantining at home in Naples

(Newser) - Florida's Rick Scott is the latest senator to test positive for the coronavirus. The 67-year-old made the announcement Friday, noting he came into contact with someone after he returned to his home state on Nov. 13, and that person then tested positive, WESH reports. "I am feeling good...

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