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WASHINGTON | Trump’s attorney general pick to tell Senate it’s ‘vitally important’ that Mueller be allowed to complete Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Jan 14, 2019—Trump’s attorney general pick to tell Senate it’s ‘vitally important’ that Mueller be allowed to complete Russia probe. By Associated Press

Political News: Prison and Sentencing Reform Passes the US Senate

BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP published the following statement today: On December 18, 2018, the U.S. Senate passed, by a vote of 87 yeas to 12 nays, its version of the First Step Act, legislation which begins to reform our nation’s sentencing laws and prison terms.  This bipartisan legislation, which has been strongly supported and … Continue reading Political News: Prison and Sentencing Reform Passes the US Senate

Missouri Political News: Senator Caleb Rowden Elected as Missouri Senate’s Next Majority Floor Leader

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Yesterday, members of the Missouri Senate Majority Caucus elected Senator Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, to serve as the Senate’s next majority floor leader. “I am humbled by my colleagues’ vote of confidence,” said Sen. Rowden.  “I first entered into public service because, as a soon-to-be new father, I wanted to play an … Continue reading Missouri Political News: Senator Caleb Rowden Elected as Missouri Senate’s Next Majority Floor Leader

MACON, Ga | Trump says he’s focused on Senate with 2 days until midterms

MACON, Ga. — President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates Sunday as he devotes his final two days before Tuesday’s midterm elections to helping Senate and gubernatorial candidates. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House en route to get-out-the-vote rallies in Georgia and Tennessee on Sunday, … Continue reading MACON, Ga | Trump says he’s focused on Senate with 2 days until midterms

PHOENIX | McSally, Sinema face each other in Arizona Senate debate

PHOENIX — Two congresswomen will face off in the sole Arizona Senate debate Monday evening, capping a contest that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. The race pits two triathletes and congresswomen against each other who have won multiple elections in swing districts. Martha McSally is a former fighter pilot who represented a … Continue reading PHOENIX | McSally, Sinema face each other in Arizona Senate debate

NEW YORK | Fox News draws a big audience for final Kavanaugh vote

NEW YORK — The Senate’s vote confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sent viewers flocking to Fox News Channel, which recorded its biggest Saturday audience in more than a decade. Fox’s daytime audience was bigger than any for the network since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, while its Saturday prime-time lineup eclipsed anything since the Iraq … Continue reading NEW YORK | Fox News draws a big audience for final Kavanaugh vote

Brett Kavanaugh | WASHINGTON | McConnell says Senate ‘not broken’ after Kavanaugh fight

WASHINGTON — Picking up the pieces after a contentious nomination battle, the Senate’s majority leader said Sunday that the chamber won’t be irreparably damaged by the wrenching debate over sexual misconduct that has swirled around new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. While Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a shining moment for the … Continue reading Brett Kavanaugh | WASHINGTON | McConnell says Senate ‘not broken’ after Kavanaugh fight

WASHINGTON | Senate gets confidential FBI files on Kavanaugh allegations

WASHINGTON — Senators began reviewing the new FBI background file on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday and will use the confidential material about the judge’s background to help decide how they’ll vote on his precarious nomination. Even before the FBI delivered the summaries of interviews on claims that Kavanaugh sexually abused women, Senate Majority … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate gets confidential FBI files on Kavanaugh allegations

Missouri News: Senator Bob Dixon Discusses the Importance of Passing House Bill 2

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri State Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, met with members of the press following the conclusion of the extraordinary session.  During the press conference, Sen. Dixon highlighted the importance of House Bill 2 and explained how treatment courts have proven to be an effective tool in reducing recidivism rates and encouraging offenders … Continue reading Missouri News: Senator Bob Dixon Discusses the Importance of Passing House Bill 2

WASHINGTON | In McCain’s absence, will lions of the Senate be women?

WASHINGTON — John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of Senate women. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dianne Feinstein of California and Patty Murray of Washington are all positioned to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In McCain’s absence, will lions of the Senate be women?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | Hawley: Law prohibiting politics at the pulpit should change

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, wants to do away with a provision in the federal tax code that bars religious organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained audio of an Aug. 21 speech to religious leaders in St. Louis in … Continue reading JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | Hawley: Law prohibiting politics at the pulpit should change

BOSTON | US Sen. Warren posts 10 years of her tax returns online

BOSTON— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has posted 10 years of her tax returns online. The decision to release the federal and state returns on Wednesday came a day after the Massachusetts Democrat called for sweeping anti-corruption laws in Washington. It’s also another possible signal that Warren may be laying the groundwork for a run for … Continue reading BOSTON | US Sen. Warren posts 10 years of her tax returns online

U.S. Political News: Senator Warren Investigation Forces Trump Administration to Reverse Tariff Exemption for U.S. Subsidiary of Sanctioned Russian Company

Administration Must Explain How Company Controlled by Putin Ally got a Tariff Exemption for Millions of Dollars in Aluminum Imports WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a ten-page letter to Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, seeking information on how and why Rusal America Corporation, a subsidiary of United Company RUSAL PLC … Continue reading U.S. Political News: Senator Warren Investigation Forces Trump Administration to Reverse Tariff Exemption for U.S. Subsidiary of Sanctioned Russian Company

WASHINGTON | Democrats shift strategy, to begin meeting with Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the Senate plan to begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they start returning to Washington in mid-August. A senior Democratic aide said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee tasked with holding hearings for Kavanaugh, will be among those … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats shift strategy, to begin meeting with Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | In Supreme Court fight, Dems target 2 GOP Senate moderates

WASHINGTON— By themselves, Democrats can’t stop the Republican-run Senate from confirming President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. But they’re determined to make it agonizing for a pair of pivotal GOP senators to back the nominee. Just a weekend from Trump’s big reveal on Monday, Democrats’ early strategy is to cast the battle as … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In Supreme Court fight, Dems target 2 GOP Senate moderates

WASHINGTON | Senate takes up $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is taking up a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year. Approval of the bill Monday would send it back to the House, which approved a similar bill this month. Lawmakers hope to send a unified bill to President Donald … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate takes up $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

PHOENIX  | More women than ever run for Senate, but hurdles remain

PHOENIX — Women running for office are due to hit another threshold with a record number of candidates for the U.S. Senate, but actually winning those seats and changing the face of the chamber are a different matter. Many of the women jumping into Senate races face uphill campaigns. Two female senators, both Democrats, could … Continue reading PHOENIX  | More women than ever run for Senate, but hurdles remain

Senate Confirms Brian D. Montgomery as Commissioner of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

WASHINGTON and NEW YORK/May 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Situs, the premier global provider of strategic business solutions for the finance and commercial and residential real estate industries, applauds today’s Senate confirmation of Brian D. Montgomery to serve as Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The … Continue reading Senate Confirms Brian D. Montgomery as Commissioner of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

Bill protecting reverse mortgage applicants advances

HARTFORD, Conn./April 25, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Legislation aimed at better protecting consumers who are applying for reverse mortgages is moving through the Connecticut General Assembly. The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that expands the counseling and certification requirements for such mortgages, which allow homeowner to convert accumulated home equity into cash. The proposal … Continue reading Bill protecting reverse mortgage applicants advances

WASHINGTON | Baby, c’mon in: Senate allows newborns of members in chamber

WASHINGTON | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Who doesn’t like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently — at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Baby, c’mon in: Senate allows newborns of members in chamber

Kentucky lawmakers resurrect pension overhaul bill

FRANKFORT, Ky/March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill to overhaul one of the nation’s worst-funded pension systems despite loud protests from public school teachers. The House voted 49-46 to approve a bill that re-emerged suddenly Thursday afternoon. Eleven Republicans joined 35 Democrats in opposing the measure. The bill … Continue reading Kentucky lawmakers resurrect pension overhaul bill

McCaskill Pushes the Department of Homeland Security to Hold Government Contractors Accountable for Waste, Fraud & Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars

Senator’s inquiry follows Inspector General report highlighting problems in the agency’s process for penalizing contractors accused and convicted of wrongdoing WASHINGTON (STL.News) U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling for answers after a recent Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report highlighted problems with the … Continue reading McCaskill Pushes the Department of Homeland Security to Hold Government Contractors Accountable for Waste, Fraud & Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars

Senate rejects immigration plan by bipartisan senators

WASHINGTON /February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A divided Senate rejected a bipartisan plan Thursday to help young “Dreamer” immigrants and parcel out money for the wall President Donald Trump wants with Mexico, as Republican leaders joined with the White House and scuttled what seemed the likeliest chance for sweeping immigration legislation this election year. The vote … Continue reading Senate rejects immigration plan by bipartisan senators

Senate set to pass bill in response to sports doctor scandal

WASHINGTON/January 30, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Senate is poised to respond to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by approving legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to quickly report claims of abuse to law enforcement. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the bill’s main sponsor, said at a press conference that the bill could … Continue reading Senate set to pass bill in response to sports doctor scandal

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fires chief of staff

WASHINGTON/January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced that he fired his chief of staff after getting reports of “improper conduct” with subordinate staffers. The statement from Rubio’s office was released Saturday evening. His office did not respond to requests for details on Sunday. “I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, … Continue reading Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fires chief of staff