Tag: Senate

Editorial Observer: Stephen Moore Would Be a Loyalist, not an Expert, at the Fed

President Trump, who craves low interest rates, has tried to bend the Federal Reserve to his will by tweeting insults and offering unsolicited advice. He threatened to fire Chairman Jerome H. Powell. He invited Mr. Powell to dinner. None of it worked as well as he would like. In the president’s view, high interest rates […]

Read More

Nihilist in Chief

In the midst of this January’s historic, senselessly protracted government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided it was time to put forward his vision of how government should properly function. So he took to the Washington Post op-ed section to deride a modest set of Democratic proposals to institute election and voting rights reform. […]

Read More

Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

WASHINGTON — No issue animated the Democrats’ 2018 congressional campaigns like health care and the promises to expand access to insurance and to lower costs. But as House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of governance in the coming weeks, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on the issue that delivered their majority. Centrists from […]

Read More

Twelve Righteous Republicans (and 41 Cowards)

And Abraham said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” In the Senate this week, the Lord found twelve. Alas, it was 12 of 53. Less than a quarter of […]

Read More

Senate Republicans’ Declaration of (Semi-) Independence

In a rare display of spine, 12 Republican senators on Thursday defied their president and joined Democrats in passing a resolution to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. Having already zipped through the Democratic-controlled House, the legislation is on track to draw the first veto of Mr. Trump’s presidency. […]

Read More

Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and Other Historic Legislation

Birch Bayh, the liberal former senator from Indiana whose work in Congress had an enduring impact on American life — in protecting women from sex discrimination in education, guaranteeing 18-year-olds the right to vote and providing for the removal of a sitting president — died on Thursday at his home in Easton, Md.. He was […]

Read More

Trump Proposes a Record $4.75 Trillion Budget

WASHINGTON — President Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget request that proposes an increase in military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year. Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent […]

Read More

Trump Ready to Issue First Veto As New Budget Calls for Budget Cuts

Photo: Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House on March 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. ((Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)) They grow up so fast. One day, your new President is on the job for the first day. Wobbly and uncertain, you watched as he […]

Read More

On Washington: How Congress Is Weaponizing a Series of Hot-Button Votes

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress like to say that governing is not a game, but they are increasingly playing round after round of gotcha. As a watershed election looms next year and little of real significance is happening on the legislative front, lawmakers are consumed with trying to trap one […]

Read More

Fix America’s National Emergencies Law. And Not Just Because of Trump.

Congress is on the verge of formally repudiating a president’s national emergency declaration, a historic first. Last month, after losing a funding battle with Congress over his desire for a border wall, President Trump made his declaration, insisting that a “national security crisis on our southern border” precipitated his action. […]

Read More

Senate Has Votes to Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration

With Senator Rand Paul’s decision to support a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, Congress appears ready to deliver a stern rebuke to the president over his border wall and a clear statement that it will defend its ability to control federal spending. Senator Paul, a libertarian-minded Kentuckian, said […]

Read More

Rand Paul, a Key Vote, Appears to Support Blocking Trump’s Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, appeared to signal support this weekend for a resolution that would overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, which would provide the crucial vote needed for the Senate to pass the measure. “I can’t vote to give […]

Read More

Michael Cohen: ‘I Have Lied, But I Am Not a Liar’

Perhaps the foremost issue with Michael D. Cohen’s Congressional testimony today was spotlighted by Cohen himself when President Trump’s disgraced and disbarred former personal attorney exclaimed, “I have lied, but I am not a liar.” In his opening remarks before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Cohen, a convicted criminal, stated: For those who […]

Read More

House Votes to Block Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Tuesday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border, with more than a dozen Republicans joining Democrats to try to block his effort to divert funding to a border wall without congressional approval. The resolution of disapproval, which passed […]

Read More

Klein: Seven Reasons Michael Cohen Has Zero Credibility

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s disgraced former personal lawyer and fixer, is reportedly set to use public testimony this week to finger Trump with a series of accusations, including that the president engaged in possible criminal conduct, used racist language, and was misleading about his net worth. It is unclear whether Cohen has any real […]

Read More

Donald Trump Urges Senators to Stay ‘Strong and Smart’ on Border Wall

President Donald Trump urged Republican Senators on Monday to back his declaration of a State of Emergency at the southern border. “I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security,” he wrote on Twitter. The president reminded them that their voters supported the idea of more […]

Read More

Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. If you’ve heard a lot recently about the Green New Deal but still aren’t quite sure what it is, you are not alone. After all, it has been trumpeted by its supporters as the way […]

Read More

Why Trump’s Emergency Mess Means Danger for the Courts

It didn’t take long for a group of Texas landowners to challenge President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in court. More suits have followed — 16 states, including New York and California, have sued to stop Mr. Trump’s use of emergency powers to build a border wall — and the […]

Read More

Appeal for Grenell at U.N. Broadens as President of Sheldon Adelson-Backed Pro-Israel Group Endorses Potential Nomination

The appeal of U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell being potentially selected by President Donald Trump as his next ambassador to the United Nations is broadening beyond his core base supporters, with a key endorsement from Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) president Mort Klein. Klein, the president of the billionaire Sheldon Adelson-backed pro-Israel group ZOA, […]

Read More

Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties, reassured by a sense that Congress was finally asserting itself as a civil, stabilizing force. The feeling did not last. […]

Read More

Trump Will Declare a National Emergency. What Happens Next?

ImageThe White House confirmed that President Trump will declare a national emergency at the southern border.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — In declaring a national emergency to try to build his long-promised border wall, President Trump will invoke extraordinary and seldom-used authorities to bypass Congress’s constitutionally granted power of […]

Read More