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McConnell: Senate Will Likely Reject Trump's Emergency

But, he notes, presidential veto will likely not be overriden

(Newser) - The Senate will indeed pass a resolution blocking President Trump's border emergency declaration, Mitch McConnell said Monday, days after Rand Paul's support of the House-passed resolution pushed the chamber to the 51 votes it would need to also pass it. The Senate majority leader's acknowledgment "underscore[s]... More »

Trump Responds to Senate Rebuke on Troop Withdrawals

He defends plan to get US military out of Syria and Afghanistan

(Newser) - On Thursday, senators sent a clear message to President Trump: They think his plan to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan is dangerously hasty. On Friday, Trump pushed back with a pair of tweets, reports Politico . "I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the '... More »

Manchin Gets Unusual Payback Against McConnell

W. Virginia Democrat drops off jar of jam after 'crush him like a grape' threat

(Newser) - You've heard of sour grapes. Now comes crushed grapes. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, got a little payback against Mitch McConnell over a reported political threat. As the Hill reports, Manchin dropped off a jar of jam with "crushed grapes" on the label to the Senate... More »

Senate Rebukes Trump on Troop Withdrawals

McConnell wins bipartisan support for measure warning about al-Qaeda and ISIS

(Newser) - The Senate rebuked President Trump on Thursday over his reasoning for withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The reprimand brought by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won bipartisan support, 68-23, the Washington Post reports. Trump had tweeted news of the withdrawal from Syria in December, saying that ISIS had been defeated... More »

2 Shutdown Votes Scheduled. Don't Get Your Hopes Up

One is supported by the GOP, the other by Democrats

(Newser) - On Friday, some 800,000 federal workers will go without a paycheck for a second time. On Thursday, the Senate will consider two bills that would put a stop—one permanent, one temporary—to the shutdown. Senators will be presented with dueling options, one supported by Republicans, the other by... More »

Little Progress Made at Trump's Wall Meeting

At least that's what Democrats seemed to indicate in early reports

(Newser) - The 12th day of the government shutdown brought a meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders in which his Homeland Security officials were tasked with making a "plea" for the border wall. The 3pm Wednesday session, which comes one day before Democrats seize control of the House, was held... More »

Senate Bill Avoids Shutdown, Ignores Trump's Wall Demand

McConnell says Senate will take up a short-term measure to fund government till Feb. 8

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up a short-term measure Wednesday to fund the federal government through Feb. 8, a move that eases the risk of a shutdown and comes only after President Trump backed off his demand for border wall funds. McConnell opened the Senate saying it was... More »

GOP's McSally Will End Up in Senate After All

She is appointed to fill John McCain's seat until a special election in 2020

(Newser) - Arizona's governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace Jon Kyl in the Senate seat that once belonged to John McCain, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that McSally will take over for Kyl, who was appointed after McCain's death from brain cancer in August... More »

In Historic First, Senate Invokes War Powers Act

Calls for US to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war; 2nd vote condemns prince

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday sent what the Washington Post described as a historic rebuke to the White House over Saudi Arabia. Actually, it delivered two rebukes. First, senators voted 56-41 to invoke the War Powers Act and demand that the US end its military support of the Saudi-led coalition in... More »

McConnell Agreed to a Vote Senators Wanted for 3 Years

After pressure from Trump, McConnell will bring criminal justice bill to the floor

(Newser) - Under pressure from President Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor as soon as this week to overhaul the nation's sentencing laws. McConnell's decision comes after more than three years of overtures from... More »

Woman Confronts Bannon in Bookstore; Owner Calls Cops

Richmond store owner says woman called Bannon 'a piece of trash'

(Newser) - A Virginia business owner says he was forced to call police after a customer confronted Steve Bannon inside his bookstore. Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a woman in his store called Bannon "a piece of trash" while the former White... More »

McConnell to Trump: Popular Supreme Court Pick a Bad Idea

The Republican leader sees problems with Brett Kavanaugh

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell has been calling the White House daily, and not to discuss President Trump's golf game . McConnell has been carefully explaining—without explicitly telling Trump what to do—which Supreme Court nominees would get faster approval before the November elections arrive and make everything dicey, insiders tell the... More »

McConnell 'Loved' Watching Wife Confront Protesters

'I've got one tough wife,' Senate majority leader says

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell says he told his wife to keep her head down in the face of immigration protesters, but was "proud" when she instead told them, "Why don't you just leave my husband alone?" Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao "ignored my advice and went right up to... More »

'Leave My Husband Alone,' Chao Tells Student Protesters

'Why is he separating familes?' they ask her

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was targeted by protesters when he left an event at Georgetown University on Monday night—but his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was there to stick up for him. "Why don't you just leave my husband alone?" Chao said to protesters who approached... More »

Former Coal Baron Vying for Senate Accused of Racist Ad

Don Blankenship spoke of Mitch McConnell's 'China family'

(Newser) - A former coal executive who served a year in prison related to a 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people is now denying claims of racism as he seeks a Senate seat in the state. In a new ad , Republican Don Blankenship claims "swamp captain Mitch... More »

McConnell Won't Let Senate Vote on Bill to Safeguard Mueller

His reasoning is that it's unnecessary

(Newser) - "I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor," Mitch McConnell said Tuesday in a Fox News interview during which he explained that bipartisan legislation intended to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump won't make the cut. "We... More »

Shutdown Almost Over as Senate Passes Bill

Measure passes as McConnell agrees to take up DACA bill; House expected to follow suit

(Newser) - It's almost over: The Senate passed a short-term spending bill Monday afternoon that will end the government shutdown as soon as the House follows suit. The House is expected to do so in a matter of hours, reports the Washington Post . The development toward ending the three-day shutdown came... More »

GOP Senator Blames Trump Aide for Impasse

Government shutdown stretches into Monday

(Newser) - A deal to end the government shutdown before the beginning of the workweek failed Sunday night, meaning the first shutdown since 2013 will stretch into Monday—and possibly much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Sunday night that a vote on a deal to fund the government through Feb.... More »

What to Expect If Government Shuts Down

Mail and Social Security checks would be OK, and maybe the national parks on a limited basis

(Newser) - The looming government shutdown has had one tangible effect so far: President Trump has put plans for a trip to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on hold, reports NBC News . "The President will not be going to Florida until the CR passes," the White House said, referring to a... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

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