Tag: Senate

Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Firms

WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership and the administration on Tuesday to side with Democrats in a showdown over sanctions on Russia, underscoring the political sensitivity of the issue amid questions about President Trump’s relationship with Moscow. The Republicans voted with Democrats seeking […]

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On Washington: No Photographic Memory in the Senate

WASHINGTON — It was a picture-perfect moment. As the Senate convened for the start of the 116th Congress, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, fellow progressives and potential rivals for the presidency, shared a brief hug on the Senate floor just minutes after they were both sworn in for their new […]

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At the Border and in Washington, White House Digs in on Wall

McALLEN, Tex. — President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to escalate his demands for a wall with warnings of crime and chaos on the frontier, as the partial government shutdown neared a milestone Day 21 and Senate Republican efforts to break the impasse collapsed in Washington. On Friday, […]

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‘No Wall, No Deal,’ Pence Says as Shutdown Drags On

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence flatly declared on Thursday that there could be no agreement to reopen the government without funding for President Trump’s border wall, laying out terms that Democrats had already rejected even as he called on them to negotiate an end to a partial shutdown that […]

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Trump Again Warns He May Declare National Emergency to Build Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump warned on Wednesday that he reserved the option of declaring a national emergency to build his border wall without congressional approval. The president, speaking a day after his address to the nation that even some supporters conceded was unlikely to increase public support, headed to a […]

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Democrats to Visit Trump Again, Searching for a Path to End the Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Newly empowered Democrats will head to the White House on Friday to meet with President Trump in another attempt to end a partial government shutdown, but both sides’ positions seemed to be hardening in a test of wills for divided government in Washington. Mr. Trump has insisted that […]

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Democrats Lay Out Their Agenda as Shutdown Fight Casts Shadow

WASHINGTON — House Democrats will unveil on Friday the details of ambitious legislation devised to lower barriers to the ballot box, tighten ethics and lobbying restrictions, and require presidents and candidates for the nation’s highest offices to release their tax returns. But the symbolism-soaked rollout of their top legislative priority […]

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Unease of Senate Republicans Over 2020 Races Puts Pressure on McConnell to Engage on Shutdown

WASHINGTON — For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has remained conspicuously on the sidelines, insisting that it was up to President Trump and Democrats to negotiate an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government. But with the shutdown soon to enter its third week, and Mr. […]

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The Watergate Class of ’74 Has Valuable Lessons for Freshman Democrats

Forty-four years ago, in another year of national crisis over a scandal-ridden presidency, an election sent 91 new members to the House. That 1974 wave didn’t shift partisan control, but it did create one of the widest Democratic congressional advantages in a half-century. It also sent to Washington a new […]

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Rand Paul Hits Mitt Romney: ‘Big Government’ Republican Who ‘Never Liked Reagan’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed incoming “Big Government” Sen. Mitt Romney’s op-ed Wednesday while praising President Donald Trump’s “actual conservative reform agenda.” “Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President,” wrote Sen. Paul who cited an article on Republicans supporting […]

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Mitt Romney Says Trump ‘Has Not Risen to the Mantle of the Office’

Mitt Romney, the incoming senator from Utah and former Republican presidential nominee, revived his rivalry with President Trump on Tuesday with an op-ed essay in The Washington Post in which he said Mr. Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” Days before joining a Republican-controlled Senate, and […]

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Mitt Romney Slams Trump’s ‘Character’ in Washington Post Op-Ed

Failed presidential candidate and soon-to-be-sworn-in U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) took to the Washington Post on Jan. 1 to slam President Donald Trump on New Year’s Day. “The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December,” Romney opened his op-ed Tuesday. He acknowledged his opposition to Trump in the 2016 presidential election, claimed that he had […]

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Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The television is on. The phone is never far away. And President Trump is repeatedly calling allies such as members of Congress and conservative radio hosts, telling them privately that he will not give in on his demand for funding for a border wall. What the president who […]

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Trump Issues Order Freezing Federal Workers’ Pay in 2019

President Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing pay for federal civilian workers in 2019, even as about 800,000 of them were either furloughed or working without pay because of a partial government shutdown. The executive order follows a proposed pay freeze that the president outlined in the budget […]

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Claire McCaskill Hates on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez From Outside Congress Because She Can’t Even Get In

Then-Senator Claire McCaskill concedes defeat at an election-night rally on Nov. 6, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. McCaskill ran a tight race but lost her senate seat to Republican challenger Josh Hawley.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) In a move that definitely does not make her an abject motherfucking hater, now-former […]

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White House Budget Chief Says Shutdown May Extend Into January

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, said on Sunday that it was “very possible” that the impasse over funding that has shuttered large parts of the federal government would continue into January, when the new Congress is seated. The government partially shut down Saturday morning, and hours later the […]

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Trump Administration Aims for ‘Painless as Possible’ Partial Shutdown

The Trump administration continues to fight for $5 billion in border security and barrier funding from Congress during a government shutdown they are trying to make as “painless as possible.” A senior administration official briefed reporters during a Saturday afternoon call that specified the goal of “$5B for border security and physical barriers” in the […]

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President Fights for Funding: I Won an Election on ‘Strong Borders’

President Donald Trump pointed to his 2016 win, crediting it in part to a platform of strong borders as he fought Saturday for $5 billion in border barrier and security funding. “I won an election, said to be one of the greatest of all time, based on getting out of endless & costly foreign wars […]

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Shutdown? More Like a Breakdown

Watching President Trump hold the nation hostage over funding for his border wall has been enough to give a person vertigo. The spectacle began gearing up early last week, when, in an Oval Office tête-à-tête with the Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the president boasted that he […]

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Why Trump Needs a Border Wall Shutdown Fight

President Trump’s decision to hold firm on his demand for funding toward a border wall and allow the government to partly shut down is a recognition that he is going to sink or swim politically in 2020 by standing with his base. It also suggests that, however tumultuous the previous […]

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On Capitol Hill, a Fittingly Chaotic End to a Tumultuous Year

WASHINGTON — They were so close. As the votes rolled in Wednesday night to fund the government until February, a cluster of Democrats were singing Christmas carols in a corner of the Senate chamber. Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, reflected on what he believed to be his last words […]

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Live Briefing: Updates on the Looming Government Shutdown: Deadline Dealmaking on Capitol Hill

• Hours before a midnight deadline, White House officials and senators scrambled to cut a deal to avert a partial government shutdown. • President Trump, unwilling to drop his demands for funding for a border wall, sought to blame Democrats for a crisis that he had previously said he would […]

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