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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...

87-Year-Old GOP Senator Tests Positive

Chuck Grassley is 3rd in line of presidential succession

(Newser) - Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, said Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Grassley announced earlier Tuesday that he was quarantining after being exposed to the virus and was waiting for the results of a test. On...

McConnell Breaks Silence, Backs Trump

Though he won't say whether he sees evidence of election fraud

(Newser) - The Trump sons have been complaining about lack of GOP support for their father's election fraud claims, and their lament seems to have been heard. After what the AP calls "a period of post-election silence," Mitch McConnell on Monday made his stance clear. Politico reports the Senate...

Senate Votes on Advancing Barrett
Senate Votes on
Advancing Barrett

Senate Votes on Advancing Barrett

A 51-48 vote moves Barrett toward final confirmation on the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election, the AP reports. The vote was 51-48. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans mostly united in support...

Trump: 'I Can't Help' Some GOP Senators

Keeping the Senate in the election is 'very tough,' he tells donors

(Newser) - Behind closed doors, President Trump has told GOP donors that Republicans will have a hard time holding onto their Senate majority in the election, and that he won't do all he can to help. "The Senate is very tough,” Trump said. "There are a couple senators...

Lindsey Graham's Been Pleading for Cash. It's Paid Off

GOP senator from SC raised $1M or so a day for first 2 weeks in October

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has continued to rake in campaign cash in the closing days of his bid for a fourth term, raising about $1 million a day for the first two weeks of October. Early Friday, Graham's campaign said it had raised nearly $15 million in the first half of...

GOP Senator Has Big News on His Political Future

Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey doesn't plan to run again in 2022, says he'll return to 'private sector'

(Newser) - Republican US Sen. Pat Toomey confirmed Monday he won't seek reelection in 2022 and plans to leave public service, a surprise move for the fiercely anti-tax and anti-regulation lawmaker who'd been seen as a favorite for GOP nominee for governor, the AP reports. Toomey's decision will force...

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