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United States Senate: Upper house of the United States Congress
The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress which, along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprises the legislature of the United States. The Senate chamber is located in the north wing of the Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C.

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After Resisting, McConnell and Senate G.O.P. Back Election Security Funding

Stung by the “Moscow Mitch” moniker, Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, threw his weight behind an infusion of $250 million for states to bolster election security.
NYTimes.com - Published

Democrats' drug pricing proposal 'dead on arrival' in Senate: leading Republican

The second most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate on Thursday said that a Democratic plan on drug pricing would not survive in the Republican-dominated chamber, calling it "heavy-handed."
Reuters - Published

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Rand Paul Tries To Derail Liz Cheney's Senate Ambitions [Video]Rand Paul Tries To Derail Liz Cheney's Senate Ambitions

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went on the offensive against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as soon as a Senate seat opened up in May. According to Politico, Paul reignited a years-long feud between their families and..

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U.S. Senators Call On FDA To Ban E-Cigarettes Immediately [Video]U.S. Senators Call On FDA To Ban E-Cigarettes Immediately

U.S. senators have urged the Food and Drug Administration to immediately remove all e-cigarettes from the market. The bipartisan group has called for the ban until it can be proven the products are..

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Nadler threatens to hold Lewandowski in contempt [Video]Nadler threatens to hold Lewandowski in contempt

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler threatened to hold President Trump's ex-campaign chief Corey Lewandowski in contempt after his tight-lipped testimony before the House Judiciary..

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Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill [Video]Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be..

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US House panel To Investigate Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao [Video]US House panel To Investigate Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

A U.S. House of Representative panel wants to investigate Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. They claim she might have used her office to benefit a shipping company owned by her family. According to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Top Democrats press Trump on gun control [Video]Top Democrats press Trump on gun control

U.S. Democratic leaders told President Donald Trump on Sunday (September 15) that any gun control legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales “will not get the job..

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Democrats To Trump: Gun Bill Must Include Background Checks [Video]Democrats To Trump: Gun Bill Must Include Background Checks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Democrats in Congress told Republican President Donald Trump on Sunday that any gun control legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales “will..

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Losing more people to gun violence than war - Booker [Video]Losing more people to gun violence than war - Booker

Senator Cory Booker urged the audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. to push for action on gun control because he says more Americans die in gun violence..

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CEOs call on U.S. Senate to tackle gun violence -reports [Video]CEOs call on U.S. Senate to tackle gun violence -reports

More than 100 chief executives of some of the nation's most well-known companies on Thursday called on the U.S. Senate to take action to tackle gun violence, including expanding background checks and..

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Democratic debate sets up Biden-Warren face-off [Video]Democratic debate sets up Biden-Warren face-off

Democrats will hold a single debate for 10 U.S. presidential contenders on Thursday but the spotlight will likely be on frontrunner Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, whose support rose more than that of..

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Democrats press GOP for stricter gun laws [Video]Democrats press GOP for stricter gun laws

U.S. Democrats, looking to heighten their profile on gun control, moved forward on Tuesday with new measures aimed at curbing gun violence, while President Donald Trump also planned to meet with..

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Time for action on guns: AOC [Video]Time for action on guns: AOC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive New York Democrat, says "kids are dying" and that Republican members of Congress must do something on guns, including taking up House-passed legislation on..

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McConnell Says Senate Will Consider A Gun Bill [Video]McConnell Says Senate Will Consider A Gun Bill

After a series of mass shootings there is renewed pressure for Congress to enact strict gun control laws. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the key to any legislation. McConnell finds himself..

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Warren apologizes at Native American forum [Video]Warren apologizes at Native American forum

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday apologized at a Native American forum in Iowa for 'harm' she had caused after she claimed Native American heritage and faced..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:43Published

Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill [Video]Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he supports meaningful background checks for gun buyers, but he told reporters that those responsible for recent mass shootings were mentally ill and the United..

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'Moscow Mitch' is burying legislation: Pelosi [Video]'Moscow Mitch' is burying legislation: Pelosi

Speaker Nancy Pelosi attacked Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, saying that "Moscow Mitch" is the self-described grim reaper of legislation, including that which addresses election..

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O'Rourke Lurches Back On Campaign Trail Amid Calls To Dropout [Video]O'Rourke Lurches Back On Campaign Trail Amid Calls To Dropout

A shooting in Beto O'Rourke's hometown has thrown his flailing presidential campaign back into the spotlight. O'Rourke is being praised for his response to the El Paso Mass Shooting that killed 22..

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Blagojevich spotted at prison as Trump mulls pardon [Video]Blagojevich spotted at prison as Trump mulls pardon

Rod Blagojevich, the imprisoned former Illinois governor, is keeping in shape with outside exercise at the federal prison in Colorado as President Trump considers a pardon. Priscilla Huff has more.

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Kamala Harris seeks campaign jolt in Iowa [Video]Kamala Harris seeks campaign jolt in Iowa

During a five-day bus tour across Iowa last week, 2020 White House contender Kamala Harris finally seemed to hit her stride. A Monmouth University poll released August 8 showed Harris third in the..

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2020 Democrats demand action on guns [Video]2020 Democrats demand action on guns

Democratic presidential contenders urged Congress on Saturday to take action to curb gun violence in the wake of mass shootings last weekend in Texas and Ohio that left 31 dead. Colette Luke has more.

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GOP Senator Pours Cold Water On Gun Legislation [Video]GOP Senator Pours Cold Water On Gun Legislation

Recent deadly mass shootings have revived discussions of stricter gun laws. President Trump revealed he's open to the idea of strict gun laws. But he faces firm opposition from his own party. On..

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Trump picks acting national intelligence chief [Video]Trump picks acting national intelligence chief

U.S. President Donald Trump is still mulling over who should replace spy chief Dan Coats, who is resigning. But in the meantime, he has picked Joseph Maguire as acting national intelligence director...

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Harry Reid Suggests Democrats End Filibusters To Further Fight Against Climate Change [Video]Harry Reid Suggests Democrats End Filibusters To Further Fight Against Climate Change

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recommends Democrats kill the filibuster. According to the Huffington Post, Reid said this move could help them further efforts against climate change. Reid..

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Mitch McConnell Rejects Mayors' Plea For Gun Legislation [Video]Mitch McConnell Rejects Mayors' Plea For Gun Legislation

More than 200 mayors sent a plea to congress to call the Senate back early to consider new gun legislation. According to Reuters, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell rejected the plea. This comes..

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U.S. Mass Shootings Ignite New Calls For Gun Legislation [Video]U.S. Mass Shootings Ignite New Calls For Gun Legislation

A string of recent mass shootings killed 36 people in California, Texas and Ohio. The shootings have sparked renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation to prevent gun violence. Democrats want the..

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U.S. Senate panel embraces $250 million in election security grants

A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million in additional federal grants to states and local jurisdictions to improve the security of their voting systems in the run-up to 2020 elections and..
Reuters - Published

Pelosi’s Drug Plan Would Let U.S. Negotiate Prices of 250 Medications

Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveils her bill to fight high prescription drug pricing, which could prod the Senate and the White House to act on a popular but elusive cause.
NYTimes.com - Published

Joe Kennedy to Announce Bid for U.S. Senate

The Massachusetts congressman will officially announce on Saturday his plans to challenge the incumbent Senator Edward Markey.
NYTimes.com - Published

Georgia governor invites state residents to apply for Senate seat

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is inviting state residents to apply online to fill outgoing Senator Johnny Isakson's seat. Greg Bluestein, a political reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,..
CBS News - Published

Corey Lewandowski testifies at impeachment hearing as he considers senate run

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary Committee. While he was grilled by lawmakers, Lewandowski posted a possible campaign website as he considers a..
CBS News - Published

Lewandowski uses congressional testimony to praise Trump

The former Trump campaign manager and possible Senate contender was testifying about his appearance in the Mueller report
CBS News - Published

Corey Lewandowski promotes potential Senate run during impeachment hearing

Corey Lewandowski launched the campaign-style website in a recess he requested during the chaotic hearing with the House Judiciary Committee.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Senate confirms Trump donor Rakolta as ambassador to UAE

The U.S. Senate approved businessman John Rakolta on Tuesday as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, making the long-time Republican donor the first political appointee ever to hold the position.
Reuters - Published

Some 2020 Democrats call for Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats for using "poorly sourced allegations" against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns joins Elaine..
CBS News - Published

Warren uses Trump family to illustrate need for anti-corruption plan

In a revamped version of her Senate anti-corruption plan published on Medium, Warren called Mr. Trump "a walking conflict of interest"
CBS News - Published

U.S. Senate leader McConnell wants consequences on Iran for Saudi oil attack

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Iran on Monday for the weekend attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility and called for an international response.
Reuters - Published

2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Joe Biden goes on a tour of the South

Biden campaigns across the South, Joe Kennedy keeps mulling his Senate bid and Democrats prepare for an epic Steak Fry
CBS News - Published

The Senate: Still Great at Deliberating, but Less So at Legislating

Today’s Senate, devoted almost only to confirming the president’s nominations, is hardly a hotbed of legislative activity. Members of both parties would like that to change.
NYTimes.com - Published

Protester dumps red liquid on California lawmakers, forcing evacuation of Senate floor

According to California lawmakers, the woman yelled about "dead babies" before throwing the liquid and hitting multiple senators.
USATODAY.com - Published

Warren talks debate performance and Senate race in Massachusetts

In the post-debate spin room, Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed her performance on the stage and her healthcare plan -- and said the two Democrats challenging each for the other senate seat in..
CBS News - Published

Senator Harris takes aim at Trump antitrust probe of automakers over emissions

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Friday asked a government watchdog to look into the Trump administration's decision to launch an antitrust probe into four automakers..
Reuters - Published

Trump administration releases $250 million in military aid for Ukraine

The move comes ahead of a Senate Appropriations panel debate where both parties were set to rebuke the administration
CBS News - Published

Dozens of CEOs call on Senate to tackle gun violence: reports

More than 100 chief executives of some of the nation's most well-known companies on Thursday called on the U.S. Senate to take action to tackle gun violence, including expanding background checks and..
Reuters - Published

145 CEOs implore Senate to "take action" on gun legislation

The push for more aggressive gun reforms comes in the wake of recent shootings in Texas and Ohio
CBS News - Published

Three bills in U.S. House would ban offshore, Arctic drilling

The U.S. House on Wednesday was slated to begin voting on three bills to block offshore oil and gas drilling off Florida and the Pacific coast and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, but the..
Reuters - Published

Donald Trump weighs up Senators gun background check bill

President Donald Trump says there are "a lot of things under discussion," on background gun checks, including some things that will never happen and other things that might. "It's really 'Gun Sense,'..
USATODAY.com - Published

Can Jon Ossoff Help Turn Georgia Blue?

Two Senate seats will be up for grabs in Georgia in 2020, and Mr. Ossoff, who narrowly lost a congressional race two years ago, is the highest-profile Democrat to enter the ring so far.
NYTimes.com - Published

Pelosi visibly angry over gun debate

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is usually unflappable when speaking to reporters, but she became visibly angry Tuesday when discussing gun violence legislation that she said is being held up by..
USATODAY.com - Published

Senate votes to reauthorize 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

The fight for funding came to a close in Congress on Tuesday after the Senate voted to fund the bill until 2092
CBS News - Published

Italian coalition wins vote in Senate letting it take office

Italy's new government won a confidence vote in the upper house Senate on Tuesday following a stormy debate, with the far-right accusing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of betraying voters by shunning..
Reuters - Published

Democrats to Force Another Vote to End Trump’s National Emergency at the Border

The move is designed to force Senate Republicans to choose between rejecting Mr. Trump’s border wall or endorsing his plan to divert funding from projects in their states.
NYTimes.com - Published

Jon Ossoff to challenge David Perdue for Senate seat in Georgia

"I'm running because we face a crisis of political corruption in this country," Ossoff said, calling Perdue a "caricature of Washington corruption"
CBS News - Published

Democrats urge Trump to take "urgent, personal" action to expand background checks

Congressional Democrats are urging President Trump to take action on gun control, at the same time as they widen an impeachment investigation. Democratic leaders want the president to get Senate..
CBS News - Published

Jon Ossoff Will Run for Senate in Georgia

Mr. Ossoff, a former documentary filmmaker who nearly flipped a conservative House district in 2017, will run in one of two Senate races in the state next year.
NYTimes.com - Published

Democrats push for gun control in return to Capitol Hill

Democratic lawmakers are demanding Republicans take up the already-passed House gun control bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, says he won't make a move on guns without Donald..
CBS News - Published

Dems press Trump to suppport background check bill

Democrats are pressing President Donald Trump to intervene with Senate Republicans and demand passage of a bipartisan bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. (Sept. 9)  
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Senate's McConnell expects stop-gap funding bill this month

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he expects the Senate will pass a stop-gap government funding bill before the end of September, to prevent any lapse in funding when the fiscal..
Reuters - Published

We can't let the Founders' Electoral College, Senate tradeoffs distort democracy forever

Don't sentimentalize the framers' 1780s horse trading. They saddled us with a system that is wrong for our times and nearly impossible to change.
USATODAY.com - Published

How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money

Ms. Warren wooed wealthy donors for years, stockpiling money from fund-raisers, and has used $10.4 million from her 2018 Senate race to underwrite her 2020 bid.
NYTimes.com - Published

GOP will stop shooting survivor Gabby Giffords' husband, 'dead in his tracks,' official says

Mark Kelly, Arizona Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who survived a mass shooting near Tucson.
USATODAY.com - Published

Arizona G.O.P. Leader Said Party Would Stop Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks’

Mr. Kelly, a Democrat running for United States Senate, is married to Ms. Giffords, the former congresswoman who survived a gunshot to the head in a 2011 attack.
NYTimes.com - Published

With Voters Watching, Tough-Talking Diplomat Strikes Softer Tone in Kansas

The question of whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will run for Senate in Kansas “hangs over the race a little bit,” said the leading Republican candidate.
NYTimes.com - Published

2020 Daily Trail Markers: Joe Kennedy stumps for Warren while considering Senate bid

Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts says he's still weighing a Senate run. CBS News 2020 campaign reporter Nicole Sganga asked Kennedy when he might make a decision during an event..
CBS News - Published

Joe Kennedy III stumps for Warren as he mulls Senate bid

Kennedy is considering a primary challenge against Senator Ed Markey, who just weeks ago earned a glowing endorsement from Warren
CBS News - Published

2020 Daily Trail Markers: Kennedy says decision on Senate bid coming soon

Warren has already endorsed incumbent Democratic Senator Ed Markey in the race Kennedy is considering
CBS News - Published

Can Democrats flip Georgia Senate seats blue?

Democrats are trying to flip both U.S. Senate seats in Georgia next year. Greg Bluestein, a political reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, joins "Red and Blue" to discuss how the state is..
CBS News - Published

Brazil Senate committee approves pension system overhaul

Brazil's Senate constitutional affairs committee on Wednesday approved by a vote of 18-7 a bill that would overhaul the social security system and save the federal government some 1 trillion reais..
Reuters - Published

'Over the top:' McConnell still mad about #MoscowMitch, calls attention to 2020 election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was first called "Moscow Mitch" in July by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on on his "Morning Joe" show
USATODAY.com - Published

On Politics: The Would-Be Trump Candidate

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, is echoing his onetime boss as he weighs a run for the Senate in New Hampshire. Some Republicans are shuddering.
NYTimes.com - Published

After Texas shooting, McConnell says gun control legislation is up to Trump to decide

“Well, we’re in a discussion about what to do on the gun issue in the wake of these horrendous shootings,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told conservative radio talk show host..
USATODAY.com - Published

Senate's McConnell expects to hear White House position on gun control soon

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he expected to hear next week from the White House whether the Trump administration wants to move ahead with legislation to address gun..
Reuters - Published

West Virginia's Joe Manchin to remain in Senate

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin announced on Tuesday that he is going to remain in the Senate, after considering a run at the governor's office. He's served in the Senate for nearly a decade as one..
CBS News - Published

Manchin Won’t Run for West Virginia Governor; Will Stay in Senate

Joe Manchin III is a rare breed in the Senate: a moderate Democrat.
NYTimes.com - Published

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