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Senate considers making a short pre-election session even shorter
The most optimistic timeline could have senators finishing up their work by late next week, more than two weeks before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
284 points by The Washington Post | Mitch McConnell United States Senate United States Congress Republican Party Harry Reid Federal government of the United States National Republican Senatorial Committee Party leaders of the United States Senate
Miners rally for bill to protect health, pension benefits
WASHINGTON — Thousands of unionized mine workers and supporters rallied at the Capitol on Thursday to push for a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Bill Clinton Democratic Party Pension George W. Bush Coal Mitch McConnell United States Senate Kentucky
Ohio mine workers seek pension relief on Capitol Hill (photos and video)
Thousands of retired mine workers who might lose their health care and pension benefits because of the coal industry's plight are seeking relief from Congress. Watch video WASHINGTON D.C.. - Thousands of retired coal miners spent hours under withering Washington heat Thursday at a rally for legislation ensuring they'll get pension and health care benefits that could be cut as the coal industry declines. Money to fund the retirement accounts of roughly 120,000 United Mine Workers of America retirees has dwindled as coal companies declare bankruptcy amid the rise of more environmentally friendly energy sources. Affected retirees live in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia and Alabama. "We are here to show solidarity and that we mean business," said retired miner Bob Sowers of Zanesville, as he waited for the rally to start. "These people are 60, 70, 80 years old. This is the time when you need these benefits and they're going to take them away. It is not something we want free, it is something we've earned."  Another retired miner, Larry Henry of Coshocton, said former President Harry Truman promised their union retirement benefits and "cradle to grave" health care as part of a 1946 agreement to avert a strike. A sign over the rally stage featured a photo of Truman and the words: "Keep the Promise." The bill the miners want to pass would require that the federal government use tax dollars and an abandoned mine reclamation fund to bolster their pension accounts. It is backed by U.S. senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of Ohio, all the state's Democratic House of Representatives members, and Ohio Republicans including Dave Joyce of Russell Township, Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Bob Gibbs of Holmes County. In a speech backing the bill, Brown accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of keeping the legislation from coming up for a vote, and said Republican and Democratic senators need to "put the heat" on McConnell to secure its passage. "Congress shouldn't leave Washington until we keep the promises we've made to miners and their families," said Brown. McConnell's office didn't respond to a request for comment, but Portman told the crowd the bill will go to the Senate floor "like a torpedo" if the Senate Finance Committee passes it by a large enough margin when it comes up for a vote there next week. Portman says it makes sense for the government to keep the miners' pensions sound to avoid stressing the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, which could be endangered if it had to assist the large number of miners at issue. If the bill doesn't pass by itself, Portman said its supporters will try to include its language in an upcoming must-pass budgeting bill. House of Representatives members told the crowd their legislative body is prepared to pass the measure if the House acts. "This isn't some handout you're asking for, this was a decision you made when you were neogiting your contracts and we are going to fight to make sure you're going to get your money back," Niles Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan told the crowd.
188 points by The Plain Dealer | Pension United States Senate Republican Party United States House of Representatives Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States Congress Retirement
Lawmaker brings mosquitoes to House floor to fight for Zika funding
The Zika virus hit the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday – if only figuratively – as a Florida Republican sought to hammer home the “fear” his constituents feel by bringing a container filled with mosquitoes with him inside the chambers. The headline-grabbing move came as lawmakers from both parties were pointing fingers over the...
3 points by New York Post | United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States House of Representatives United States United States Congress Chuck Schumer
King wants $181M to fight opioid crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Angus King wants money to fight the opioid epidemic to be included in a temporary measure to fund the federal government through Dec. 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes to reach compromise with the White House and Senate Democrats over legislation temporarily financing ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Washington D.C. Party leaders of the United States Senate President of the United States Bill Clinton Harry Reid United States
Congress returns to battle over Zika, keep government open
Lawmakers returning to Washington after a seven-week break picked up right where they left off â?? feuding about legislation to battle the mosquito-borne Zika virus and deadlocked over the defense budget. A tightening presidential race and pitched warfare for ...
1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Democratic Party Barack Obama United States Senate Bill Clinton Mitch McConnell Republican Party United States House of Representatives United States presidential election 2008
Long-shot lawsuit compels Senate to act on judge
If only it were that easy!
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Democratic Party United States Senate President of the United States Supreme Court of the United States United States Barack Obama Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate
Congress returns to battle over Zika
Congress returns to battle over Zika, keeping government open        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Democratic Party Barack Obama United States Senate Bill Clinton Mitch McConnell Republican Party United States House of Representatives United States presidential election 2008
Another failed Zika vote could be the start of a resolution
Lawmakers in both parties said they now hope negotiations will begin in earnest to quickly come up with a bipartisan deal to address the potential public health crisis.
149 points by The Washington Post | Harry Reid United States House of Representatives United States Senate United States Congress Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Steny Hoyer
Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans.
352 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Barack Obama Democratic Party United States Senate George W. Bush Bill Clinton Kentucky United States presidential election 2008 Mitch McConnell
Hill Republicans finally found something to love about Trump in more defense spending
His pledge to end the defense sequester and hike military spending.
21 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Mitch McConnell Democratic Party Bill Clinton United States Senate Barack Obama Republican Party John McCain
House moving toward showdown over impeaching IRS chief
WASHINGTON — The House is moving toward a showdown vote this month over whether to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen. But with no chance the Senate would actually remove him from office, Republicans stood divided over the effort's wisdom in the shadow of this fall's presidential and congressional elections.
-1 points by Boston Herald | United States Senate President of the United States Democratic Party Barack Obama Joe Biden Mitch McConnell United States Capitol United States Congress
Trend alert: Even more Senate Republicans are betting they'll win off a Donald Trump loss
Rubio. McCain. Johnson,. And now Thune: The "Clinton check and balance" club keeps growing.
47 points by The Washington Post | George W. Bush Democratic Party Barack Obama George H. W. Bush United States Senate United States presidential election 2008 Republican Party Mitch McConnell
Senate leaders unload $2 million checks in fight for majority
Thank Sens. John Thune and Chuck Schumer.
28 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Harry Reid President of the United States United States Vice President of the United States Mitch McConnell
Senate prepares to move quickly on spending bill to prevent government shutdown
Conservatives want to kick final spending negotiations into next year.
73 points by The Washington Post | Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton United States Senate Democratic Party Harry Reid President of the United States Republican Party
Senate Democrats Block Zika Bill Over Planned Parenthood Provisions
As Congress returned from recess, a stalemate resumed over a $1.1 billion plan to fight the virus even as public health experts warned that funding was desperately needed.
6035 points by The New York Time | Mitch McConnell United States Senate Democratic Party Harry Reid Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Don Nickles Dick Durbin
GOP health-care bill: Ryan visits White House to say he lacks support for health-care bill
The opposition continued despite President Trump’s ultimatum: Vote for the bill, or reject it and move on. The House Rules Committee approved the revised legislation early Friday.
-1 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Republican Party Mitch McConnell United States House of Representatives Democratic Party United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton
Venezuela to withdraw troops after Colombia border crossing
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will withdraw troops from Colombia's side of the two countries' border, after his soldiers set up camp in the neighboring country, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday.
8 points by Reuters | Mitch McConnell Colombia Reuters Party leaders of the United States Senate Thomson Reuters News agency United States Senate NATO
Trump's First 100 Days: Can he close the deal on health care?
Republicans will try again to get a vote on health care, but do they have enough support?
2 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Bill Clinton Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States Senate Republican Party Washington D.C. United States Capitol
Republicans delay vote on Obamacare repeal amid uncertainty
Despite the optimism professed by the White House, the plan to vote on repealing Obamacare on the controversial healthcare law’s seventh anniversary fell through due to objections from a number of Republican lawmakers. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | United States Senate Bill Clinton Democratic Party Barack Obama President of the United States Republican Party Mitch McConnell United States House of Representatives
How Congress could bring back HIV/AIDS
When the HIV/AIDS epidemic raged across the United States in the 1980s, the federal government looked the other way.
-1 points by Daily News | AIDS HIV United States Antiretroviral drug Health care Health Mitch McConnell Health insurance
Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying he "almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak."
3 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Democratic Party United States Senate Barack Obama Republican Party George W. Bush Supreme Court of the United States Bill Clinton Mitch McConnell
China is not militarizing South China Sea, Premier Li says
SYDNEY (Reuters) - China is not militarizing the South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, although he acknowledged that defense equipment on islands in the disputed waterway had been placed there to maintain "freedom of navigation".
-1 points by Reuters | United States Mitch McConnell South China Sea Reuters United States Senate NATO Party leaders of the United States Senate Thomson Reuters
Damn the torpedoes: GOP sets Friday vote on health care despite opposition
Tumult underscores how difficult it is for the GOP to unite their party behind a repeal bill.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | President of the United States Democratic Party Bill Clinton Barack Obama Republican Party United States Senate George W. Bush Mitch McConnell
Health-care overhaul faces an even bigger challenge in the Senate
At least a dozen Republican senators oppose the bill or lean against it. They can afford to lose only two.
-1 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Barack Obama Democratic Party Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Bill Clinton President of the United States
A postponed health-care vote, a big GOP embarrassment and no good options ahead
The promise to repeal Obamacare was easy. Producing a bill to make good on the promise remains elusive.
-1 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party President of the United States Barack Obama Republican Party United States Senate Bill Clinton Mitch McConnell United States presidential election 2008
30 days of new POTUS: Are Trump’s policies dividing America more than ever?
A month into Donald Trump's administration, the US has found itself in quite a turbulence, with the new president's policies seemingly dividing Americans more than ever. Read Full Article at RT.com
602 points by Russia Today | United States President of the United States George W. Bush Mitch McConnell Democratic Party Barack Obama Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate
Lawmakers say Trump’s words matter — and hurt the country’s standing abroad
A growing roster of lawmakers from both major parties say they think the president’s rhetoric and erratic behavior damage diplomatic relationships and weaken global stability.
14002 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party United States Senate George W. Bush Mitch McConnell Harry Reid Vice President of the United States
Lawmakers say Trump's words matter — and hurt the country's standing abroad
A growing roster of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill say they believe President Donald Trump's pugnacious rhetoric and unpredictable behavior threaten to diminish the United States' standing around the world, do real damage to fragile diplomatic relationships and even weaken global stability....
2 points by Chicago Tribune | Democratic Party Vladimir Putin Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Republican Party George W. Bush Mitch McConnell Harry Reid
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday won Senate confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency he repeatedly sued to rein in its reach during the Obama administration.The vote was 52-46 as Republican leaders used their party’s narrow Senate majority to push Pr...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States Environmental Protection Agency Barack Obama Harry Reid President of the United States
If Michael Bennet opposes Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation, is he being partisan? (4 letters)
I had to laugh when I read Scott Gessler's column warning Sen. Michael Bennet not to be on the "angry, bitter side" of his party and vote "no" on Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court.
4 points by The Denver Post | United States Senate Antonin Scalia Supreme Court of the United States George W. Bush United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Ronald Reagan Mitch McConnell Democratic Party
National briefs: At least one dead from Calif. storm
LOS ANGELES — A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind gusts of 60 mph and heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man while others were stranded in flooded areas and hundreds of flights were disrupted. 
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mitch McConnell United States Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party President of the United States Kentucky Supreme Court of the United States
As the Gorsuch nomination proceeds, this man is taking credit: Mitch McConnell
The Supreme Court vacancy will be remembered by critics and fans as the “McConnell seat” after he orchestrated the obstruction of Barack Obama’s power to replace Antonin Scalia last year.
8659 points by The Washington Post | Supreme Court of the United States Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell United States Senate Democratic Party Antonin Scalia Harry Reid President of the United States
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt for EPA chief amid last-minute drama
Democrats sought a delay to give senators time to read thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails with the fossil fuel industry.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Mitch McConnell United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party Greenhouse gas Environmentalism
Senate to vote on Scott Pruitt for EPA chief amid last-minute drama
Democrats sought a delay to give senators time to read thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails with the fossil fuel industry.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Mitch McConnell United States Senate Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Greenhouse gas Susan Collins
Trump Deportation Force & Latino pick for Labor: Darcy cartoon
The only thing about Puzder's nomination that made any sense was his withdrawal of that nomination. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As President Donald Trump's 'Deportation Force' picks up and pushes out illegals around the nation, Trump has picked the first Latino for his cabinet, nominating Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary. Acosta, who is the son of Cuban-American immigrants, is the confirmable replacement for Andrew Puzder, who withdrew from consideration amidst growing controversy and dwindling support from Republican Senators. Wednesday, it was reported that up to 12 Republican Senators were leaning towards voting against Puzder.  As a result, the Senate reportedly would send a message to the Trump administration requesting it withdraw Puzder's name.  According to two Senior Senate aides, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did in fact inform the White House that Puzder would not be confirmed if there was a vote.   Soon after, Puzder withdrew. There was plenty about Puzder that both Democrats and Republican Senators objected to.   For Republicans, the main issue appeared to be  Puzder's past employment of an undocumented housekeeper. Also, unseemly details of Puzder's messy divorce, with accusations of domestic abuse from his ex-wife, reemerged.    Before she had recanted the allegation, Puzder's former wife appeared, in disguise, on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss the alleged abuse.   Several Republican and Democrat Senators watched a video of the old segment. Compounding the domestic abuse allegation, Puzder was accused of sexism.  Senators  didn't like his opposition to minimum wage increases and his advocacy of replacing workers with robots.   Puzder was CEO of CKE restaurants, operator of Hardees and Carl Jr's fast-food chains.   It was pointed out that CKE was often in violation of many Labor Department rules that Puzder would now be entrusted to enforce. The only thing about Puzder's nomination to be labor secretary that made any sense, was his withdrawal of that nomination. Acosta is currently the dean of the Florida International University law school.   He is a former assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights.   President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Labor Relations Board.     Acosta clerked for Justice Samuel Alito when he was on the US Court of Appeals.   Working for the DOJ, Acosta prosecuted corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The best news for Trump, is that Acosta has been confirmed several times before for his former government posts. The only confirmation question I would have is why wasn't the confirmable Acosta nominated in the first place, instead of Puzder?
2 points by The Plain Dealer | George W. Bush United States Senate Republican Party Mitch McConnell Samuel Alito CKE Restaurants Hardee's Democratic Party
Senate on track to confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. A vote on Scott Pruitt's nomination is set for Friday, despite a call from Democrats for a delay. A judge in Oklahoma on Thursday ordered Pruitt, the ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Mitch McConnell United States Environmental Protection Agency Party leaders of the United States Senate Clean Water Act Democratic Party Republican Party President of the United States
Mitch McConnell likes what President Trump is doing — but not what he’s tweeting
The Senate majority leader’s job right now is to hold the GOP together. In an interview, he said he retains hope that Trump’s public proclamations will not sideline the party’s policy priorities.
6 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Republican Party President of the United States Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Capitol Kentucky
Cost of wall is less than cost of services for illegals: Report
If President Trump's border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The center, which advocates for a ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Immigration to the United States Immigration Mitch McConnell Illegal immigration Human migration Party leaders of the United States Senate Spain France
Senate to confirm Trump budget chief
Mick Mulvaney is set for a narrow confirmation to the budget office, along with EPA nominee Scott Pruitt        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Republican Party Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Barack Obama United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmentalism United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Seniority in the United States Senate
For Trump, chaotic White House becomes the norm
President Donald Trump thrived on drama during his campaign -- but signs of disarray in a White House beset by controversy and internal tensions are exposing the downside of his signature style.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | President of the United States Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate White House Democratic Party Franklin D. Roosevelt Vice President of the United States United States Senate
Trump is showing reluctance to take responsibility for White House chaos
Asked for the first time publicly to address the dismissal of Michael Flynn, his national security advisor, President Trump was clear Wednesday in his frustration. But the president’s target was not Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, nor his conduct. “Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man,” Trump...
3163 points by Chicago Tribune | President of the United States Mitch McConnell White House Party leaders of the United States Senate Franklin D. Roosevelt Executive Office of the President of the United States Thomas Jefferson Democratic Party
Last straw: Inside Puzder's withdrawl
In the end, Andrew Puzder had too much baggage -- both personal and professional -- to be confirmed as President Donald Trump's Cabinet.
1473 points by CNN | Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Republican Party Trade union Harry Reid United States Department of Labor
Trump’s budget pick clears initial Senate hurdle
At least two senior Republicans have voiced doubts about supporting Trump’s choice to run the White House budget office        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Republican Party Mitch McConnell Seniority in the United States Senate Democratic Party George W. Bush United States House of Representatives United States Senate Committee on Armed Services United States Congress
Senate Democrats unify around congressional probe of Trump ties to Russia
Members say they prefer to handle inquiry internally.
5937 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate President of the United States Vice President of the United States Republican Party Harry Reid
Trump labor nominee Puzder withdraws, White House official says, amid concerns over his personal background and business record
Andrew Puzder, a restaurant executive, had been scheduled to appear at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday morning. He had come under fire for hiring an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper and was also opposed strenuously by Democrats and labor unions for his past positions on overtime […]
13293 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate President of the United States Republican Party Vice President of the United States Democratic Party United States Cabinet Candidate Mitch McConnell
Netanyahu meets with congressional leaders
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Feb. 15 met with congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
18 points by The Washington Post | Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party Benjamin Netanyahu Harry Reid 111th United States Congress Jim Bunning United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
A turf war breaks out in the Senate: Who will investigate Russia’s connections to the Trump campaign?
With new details coming almost daily about ex-national security adviser Michael T. Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador, interest in more probing has emerged.
287 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Dianne Feinstein Harry Reid United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Chuck Schumer
Puzder's withdrawal as Labor nominee is latest Trump travail
Downfall of Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary was latest setback for an administration that already had been reeling from a particularly bad week.        
20448 points by Detroit Free Press | President of the United States United States Senate Mitch McConnell Herbert Hoover Democratic Party Republican Party Gerald Ford Candidate
Andrew Puzder withdraws as President Trump's nominee for Labor secretary
Trump’s embattled pick to become Labor secretary withdrew his nomination amid growing concerns that he did not have the votes to win confirmation.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Senate Mitch McConnell President of the United States Employment Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Herbert Hoover Democratic Party