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Trump: Romney Will Be a 'Great Senator'

He endorses his Utah Senate run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney and President Trump have traded their share of insults in the past, but they appear ready to let bygones be bygones: Trump endorsed Romney's Senate run Monday night, tweeting that the 2012 Republican nominee "will make a great Senator and worthy successor" to Sen. Orrin Hatch... More »

Romney Is In, but Don't Expect Attacks on Trump

He is running for the Senate and is the immediate front-runner

(Newser) - There's a good chance Mitt Romney will be adding "Senator" to the front of his name in the near future. The former governor and presidential candidate formally announced that he's running for the seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, and the move makes him the "instant... More »

Senators Reach Deal on Dreamers, Wall

Leaders hope to end showdown with Thursday vote

(Newser) - A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday aimed at balancing Democrats' fight to offer citizenship to young "Dreamer" immigrants with President Trump's demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Though the compromise was announced by 16 senators with centrist views on the... More »

After Shooting, Romney Delays Senate Announcement

Sources say he was planning to release video Thursday

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is preparing to announce a bid for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, a position some hope the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will use to continue his biting criticism of President Trump. Romney, who once called Trump "a phony" who was unfit for office,... More »

House, Senate Pass Deal to Reopen Government

Deficit protest caused brief shutdown

(Newser) - While most Americans were sleeping, the government shut down and reopened. The Senate passed a bipartisan spending bill early Friday—almost two hours after Sen. Rand Paul forced a government shutdown by blocking the vote for as long as he could in a protest against deficit spending. When the vote... More »

Senate Strikes a Deal, but Pelosi is Balking

House minority leader wants an agreement on Dreamers

(Newser) - Congress is getting closer to avoiding another shutdown later this week. The Senate's top leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks... More »

21 US States Just Took New Action on Net Neutrality

Lawsuit from attorneys general claims FCC broke the law by voting to repeal net neutrality rules

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the FCC broke federal law when it voted to repeal net neutrality rules in a move labeled "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion," Reuters reports. As promised , a lawsuit filed by 21 state attorneys general, all Democrats, argues the FCC will allow... More »

Some Big Names Watch Newest Senators Take Oath

Former VPs Biden, Mondale joined Jones, Smith

(Newser) - Two former vice presidents stood beside the Senate's newest senators on the Senate floor as the two Democrats took their oaths of office, the AP reports. Former Vice President Joseph Biden was next to Alabama Democrat Doug Jones as he was sworn in Wednesday. Former Vice President Walter Mondale—... More »

Mitt Romney Just Changed His Location to 'Utah'

Move seen as big hint at Senate run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney hasn't publicly said whether he plans to run for the Senate now that Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch is retiring , but he may have provided a clue via Twitter: Hours after Hatch announced the move, Romney changed his location from "Massachusetts" to "Holladay, Utah" in... More »

Roy Moore Sues to Block Election Result

Last-minute complaint alleges voter fraud

(Newser) - Roy Moore has been called many things—but nobody can accuse him of being a quitter. The Republican, who refused to concede after losing the Dec. 12 special Senate election in Alabama, has filed a last-minute complaint to try to block state officials from certifying the victory of Democratic candidate... More »

Franken Has Parting Shot for GOP in Final Senate Speech

He urges senators to 'stand up for truth'

(Newser) - So long, Sen. Al Franken: The Democrat delivered his final speech on the Senate floor Thursday, slamming Trump administration policies and urging fellow senators to "stand up for truth," the Hill reports. Franken, who reluctantly resigned after several women accused him of groping or harassing them, said he... More »

Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Overhaul

Every Republican present voted in favor

(Newser) - President Trump is now one step closer to getting the tax reform bill he wanted for Christmas. The Senate passed the biggest tax overhaul in more than 30 years in a 51-48 vote just after 1am Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. Every Republican present voted in favor, though Sen. John... More »

McCain Likely to Miss Crucial Vote on Tax Bill

Senator has returned to Arizona for treatment

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain has gone home to Arizona to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy, meaning he's likely to miss a vote on the Republican tax reform plan expected this week. After days of speculation about the 81-year-old senator's health, daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday that he'... More »

Rubio Deals Blow to Hopes of Passing Tax Overhaul

Senator demands change to child tax credit

(Newser) - President Trump's hopes of passing a tax overhaul before Christmas have taken a big hit from the man he used to call "Little Marco Rubio." In what Politico describes as a surprise move, the Republican senator announced Thursday that he won't support the legislation. Rubio said... More »

Roy Moore Lashes Out in Final Campaign Rally

'One of our attorneys is a Jew,' his wife says

(Newser) - "If you don't believe in my character, don't vote for me," Roy Moore said at a campaign rally on the eve of Tuesday's Senate election in Alabama, once again lashing out at the women who've accused him of sexual misconduct. BuzzFeed describes the rally... More »

Joe Arpaio 'Seriously' Thinking About Senate Run

Former Arizona sheriff would replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake

(Newser) - Fresh off a presidential pardon , Joe Arpaio is once again eyeing public office. “I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the US Senate," the former Arizona sheriff tells the Daily Beast . Arpaio, 85, says he is looking at running in 2018 to replace the retiring Sen. Jeff... More »

On Trump's Desk by Christmas? Senate Passes Tax Bill

On a 51-49 vote

(Newser) - It passed in the wee hours, and by a wee margin: The Senate passed the biggest tax overhaul in more than 30 years Saturday morning 51-49. Tennessee's Sen. Bob Corker was the only Republican to side against the bill. With the House having passed its bill in November, Congress... More »

Vote on Tax Bill Delayed by Deficit Worries

Parts of it were rewritten Thursday night

(Newser) - A planned vote on Senate Republicans' overhaul of the tax code was called off Thursday night as they struggled to find 50 votes—and an extra $400 billion or so. Senators say deficit hawks led by Tennessee's Sen. Bob Corker have delayed the bill's progress by insisting it... More »

McCain Could Have Another Thumbs-Down Moment

Senate vote on tax bill might be a close one

(Newser) - Perhaps not for the first time , President Trump may be regretting his digs at John McCain, given that the Arizona senator could decide the fate of the GOP tax bill. In order to pass the Senate, all GOP senators but two need to vote yes. Though vocal critics Bob Corker... More »

Al Franken: 'I Am So Sorry'

He vows to regain trust of Minnesotans

(Newser) - Sen. Al Franken apparently sees himself as an over-enthusiastic hugger, not the "serial groper" one woman describes him as. In a statement issued Thursday, the day after two more women accused him of touching them inappropriately during photo-ops , the Democrat apologized for making "some women feel badly" and... More »

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