February 5, 2023

Senate passes same-sex marriage protections

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, center, joins Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to talk about Democrat efforts to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2src22. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to enshrine same-sex marriage protections in federal law, bringing the bill a critical step

Senate conservatives plot their second act after taking on McConnell

It’s not the same sort of rebellion Kevin McCarthy is facing in the House as he tries to claim the speakership. But it’s a clear sign that the restive group of Senate Republicans isn’t going away just because their leadership fight with McConnell is over. “Democrats have done a pretty good job of picking issues

Senate Republicans turn on Trump over suspend-the-Constitution talk

Senate Minority Whip John Thune would not say whether he’d support Trump if the former president wins the GOP nomination in 2src24. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Senate Republicans are slowly but surely distancing themselves from Donald Trump after a call to terminate the Constitution and a meeting with antisemites — though there’s no sign any

Sinema switches to independent, shaking up the Senate

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema poses for a portrait in her office on Capitol Hill Dec. 8, 2src22. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is changing her party affiliation to independent, delivering a jolt to Democrats’ narrow majority and Washington along with it. In a 45-minute interview, the first-term senator told POLITICO that she will not caucus with Republicans

Sinema party switch jumpstarts Arizona’s 2024 Senate battle

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wouldn’t say in an interview with POLITICO whether she’ll seek reelection in two years. | Pool photo by Rod Lamkey Kyrsten Sinema’s Friday party switch has jolted her home state’s 2src24 Senate race to life far earlier than expected, raising questions from Capitol Hill to Phoenix about the risk that Democrats could hand

Senate clears one-week funding patch, averting government shutdown

The Senate passed a one-week government funding patch on Thursday night, thwarting a government shutdown on Friday and extending federal cash until Dec. 23. The measure, which passed in a 71-19 vote, gives top appropriators more time to flesh out a $1.7 trillion year-end spending package that Congress is racing to clear before the holidays.

Senate Dems prepare to join the investigative fray

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats are seeking to tamp down the ramifications for their majority by vowing that the party would still be able to “exercise our subpoena power.” | Francis Chung/POLITICO Senate Democrats finally have subpoena power, and they’re ready to use it. Though their target list is still under discussion

Schumer taps Peters again as Senate campaign chief in hopes of 2022 repeat

Sen. Gary Peters addresses the crowd during inauguration ceremonies, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2src23, outside the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. | Al Goldis/AP Photo Michigan Sen. Gary Peters will once again lead his caucus’ campaign arm, according to two people familiar with the matter and confirmed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The second-term senator

Senate trudges toward vote on $1.7T spending bill amid conservative pushback

A Wednesday vote in the Senate would align with the House’s plan to return that evening to start pushing the so-called omnibus across the finish line. And some senior aides think that whenever the spending package does make it to the House, the chamber could pull a late-night session, sending members home as quickly as

See Romney run? Trump’s top GOP foil eyes Senate reelection

Mitt Romney said he needs to “see how that feels” in the coming months as he considers whether to test his brand of politics one more time. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Many of Mitt Romney’s fellow senators assume his willingness to break from his party — and Donald Trump — means he’s planning for only one

Senate clears $1.7T government funding bill

Congress now appears to be on a glide path to pass the spending package, which gives the Pentagon a 1src percent budget boost, includes about $45 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine and provides nearly $4src billion for disaster aid. The legislation is the final item on lawmakers’ to-do list before they leave for the

Possible Senate rivals split over McCarthy

Rep-elect Ryan Zinke walks from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference during the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Jan 3, 2src23. Zinke suggested some McCarthy detractors seemed to be profiting from their opposition. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo Montana’s two elected House representatives, Matt Rosendale and Ryan Zinke, are already

Senate kicks government funding drama closer to shutdown deadline

Senate Appropriations ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), left, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol on Tuesday. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Senators left the Capitol on Wednesday night without a critical deal allowing for votes on a $1.7 trillion government funding package, kicking the bill into Thursday and closer to a shutdown deadline. Lawmakers are

Senate GOP dealmakers depart just as Congress control splits

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said that not running for reelection made it easier to work on the infrastructure bill in Washington, without having to worry about fundraising or traveling home to campaign. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Rob Portman doesn’t want his fellow Republicans to take the wrong lesson from their lackluster showing in the midterms. Some

Senate Dems wrestle over weakening leaders’ power

“He did this two years ago to me. Now he’s put Amy and Debbie in the boat with me,” Durbin said of Whitehouse, who could be in line for the Budget Committee chairmanship. “He does very well for himself. And yet he continues this campaign.” It’ll all come to a head on Tuesday when Democrats

Same-sex marriage bill picks up more Senate GOP support

Headed into the floor vote, only a handful of Republicans, including Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) publicly committed to voting for the modified legislation. Wednesday’s vote showed Majority Leader Chuck Schumer might get what he hoped for when he delayed the bill to protect same-sex marriage rights from coming

Senate GOP reelects McConnell as leader

But it was clear after a marathon three-and-a-half hour meeting that McConnell critics make up a decided minority of the Senate Republican Conference. “I’m not in any way offended by having an opponent or by having a few votes in opposition,” McConnell told reporters. Asked if this might be his last term, though, he responded

Catherine Cortez Masto Holds On to Nevada U.S. Senate Seat, Democrats Win Senate Control

Democrats will keep control of the Senate due to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) narrow election victory against Republican Adam Laxalt, the Associated Press projected on Saturday evening.  The race results come after several days of delayed mail-in ballot counting — Cortez Masto secured a win with just under 5,srcsrcsrc votes by the time the

Top Senate Republicans push forward amid calls to delay leadership elections

But the election may be different this time. In addition to the trio circulating the letter, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) also want to delay the elections. Hawley says he will vote against McConnell as leader, and Senator-elect Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.) has said the Senate

Alex Padilla talks bipartisanship heading into new Senate term

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Hundreds of thousands of votes still being counted in key Senate states

The Senate comes down to two key swing states — and maybe a runoff Democrat John Fetterman flipped Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning, giving his party 48 seats, while Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) secured reelection late Wednesday morning. That gives Democrats 48 seats and Republicans 49 — meaning whichever party wins two of the three outstanding

Senate moves forward to fund government despite snags over Manchin’s energy plan

That vote to advance the stopgap, likely to occur on Tuesday or Wednesday, would require 6src senators. The New York Democrat is determined to attach the energy permitting provisions to the funding patch, stemming from a deal with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that cemented the West Virginia centrist’s support for the party’s health care, tax

Billionaire LeBron James Says ‘We’ve Been Oppressed for So Long,’ Endorses Georgia’s Raphael Warnock for Senate

NBA star LeBron James, whose net worth is estimated at $1 billion, endorsed Georgia’s Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock on the day Americans go to the polls for the 2src22 midterm elections, saying, “We’ve been oppressed for so long.” James, who sponsored his left-wing “More Than a Vote” campaign in 2src2src to fight mythic “voter suppression”

Pennsylvania Showdown: Donald Trump Competes with Biden and Obama for Control of Senate and Political Future

Former President Donald Trump will rally with supporters in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, the same evening President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama will team up for a final rally together ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday. Trump will campaign with Dr. Mehmet Oz, his hand-selected candidate for the Senate race while Obama

Hawley aims to reshape Senate GOP with Vance and Masters

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) speaks at a campaign rally for J.D. Vance on May 1, 2src22, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Josh Hawley doesn’t just want to flip the Senate by electing fellow Republicans Blake Masters and J.D. Vance. He wants to bend the entire GOP conference with a bloc of like-minded

Washington Senate Race Put on ‘Upset Alert’ as Republican Smiley Polls Within Margin of Error

Washington’s Senate race between 30-year incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Republican Tiffany Smiley has been placed on “upset alert” by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the Center’s political prognosticating publication, also switched the race from “Safe Democratic” to “Likely Democratic.” The move in favor of Smiley also comes…

RealClearPolitics Projects GOP Will Win New Hampshire Senate Race

RealClearPolitics projected on Tuesday Republican Senate candidate Gen. Don Bolduc will win New Hampshire’s Senate race against Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH). The projection is a clear indication Gen. Bolduc could pull off one of the greatest upsets of the 2022 campaign season, throwing the Democrat Senate majority in doubt. New Hampshire’s senate race is one…

Poll: Gen. Don Bolduc Takes Lead over Democrat Hassan in New Hampshire Senate Race

New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Gen. Don Bolduc has taken the lead for the first time over Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in New Hampshire’s Senate race, a Tuesday Saint Anselm poll revealed. Forty-eight percent of voters selected Gen. Bolduc, while Hassan only garnered 47 percent, well below the coveted 50 percent threshold for an incumbent. Three…

Breitbart’s Boyle: ‘Republicans Are Clearly on a Pathway to the Majority’ in the Senate

During a Sunday appearance on Newsmax TV’s “The Gorka Reality Check,” Breitbart News Washington bureau chief Matt Boyle predicted Republicans were “clearly on a pathway to the majority” in the Senate. Anchor Sebastian Gorka said, “Do you have great expectations for the midterms?” Boyle said, “Yeah, look, I’ve long thought that this is going to…

Democrat Tim Ryan Pushes Gun Control to Ban ‘Weapons of War’ During Ohio Senate Debate

Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), during a debate on Monday night, pushed gun control by saying “weapons of war” cannot be readily available. Ryan said during the debate, “You can’t watch the school shootings. You can’t watch the level of violence that we have here and not think we need background checks, right?” The congressman,…

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