U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida voted against the measure. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy […]


U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustled to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that […]

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections-reform and voting-rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and advance. […]

Special Report: Dozens of members of Congress are vaccinated against COVID-19, but some still hesitate

BY: - March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December. Three months later, a States Newsroom survey across 22 states—making up a large swath of Congress— found at least 155 members of the U.S. House and Senate have […]

U.S. House passes Dreamers bill over GOP objections, as immigration debate intensifies

BY: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took up two bills Thursday that would grant legal status to broad groups of immigrants living and working in the United States, including a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented people brought to the country as children. The measures mark the first step towards what advocates for […]

U.S. Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed Merrick Garland to serve as U.S. attorney general in a 70-30 vote. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination in a 15-7 vote. Garland served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As attorney general, he’ll lead the Justice Department as the […]

Senate confirms Ohio’s Marcia Fudge as HUD secretary

BY: - March 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio in a 66-34 vote to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to swear in Fudge at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Fudge, a Democrat who represents the 11th Congressional District, will be the second Black woman to […]

New Pentagon chief has roots in Georgia

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed General Lloyd J. Austin III as secretary of Defense, making the former Georgian the first African-American to serve in the post. In a nearly unanimous vote of 93-2, the four-star general is the second member of President Joe Biden’s national security team to be confirmed by the […]

U.S. Senate runoffs poised to hand Georgia Democrats historic win

BY: - January 6, 2021

Update: AP calls election for Jon Ossoff. The nation watched as voters in Georgia narrowly elected Democrat Raphael Warnock, making him the first Black senator in the state’s history. Warnock declared victory shortly after midnight and The Associated Press called the race for him at 2 a.m. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler has not conceded. As of […]

Georgia’s costly U.S. Senate showdowns roil ahead of rally finales

BY: - January 4, 2021

Soon after the Nov. 3 general election it was clear Georgia voters set up two U.S. Senate contests for this week and it seemed unlikely the presidential result would threaten to overshadow the high stakes battle at the ballot for control of the federal government. But when President Donald Trump campaigns for fellow Republicans and […]

Eyes on the nation in Georgia: Warnock preachings reverberate in bid to leap from pulpit to U.S. Senate

BY: - December 29, 2020

A couple dozen supporters and volunteers lined the sidewalks outside the Cobb County Election Department headquarters in Marietta late last week as a bus bearing the likeness of the Rev. Raphael Warnock pulled in for a campaign stop. The man aiming to be one of the next United States senators from Georgia stepped out to […]

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott votes against COVID relief package

BY: - December 22, 2020

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida was one of a handful of senators who didn’t vote for the $900-billion COVID-19 relief package. The Senate had combined two bills and cleared the package in a 92-6 vote shortly before midnight on Monday. The White House has signaled Trump will sign the 5,593-page measure. Scott went on […]