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A GOP Senator's Resignation, a Bitter Battle for His Seat

Mississippi's Thad Cochran cites health issues as reason for his departure

(Newser) - Longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Monday he'll resign because of health problems—triggering what could be a chaotic special election to fill the seat he has held for a generation. Cochran, who turned 80 in December and has been in poor health, has been a sporadic... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Senator Is Utahn of the Year, and Not in a Good Way

Tribune says Orrin Hatch should 'call it a career'

(Newser) - Sen. Orrin Hatch is the Salt Lake Tribune 's 2017 Utahn of the Year, a distinction the state's biggest paper says it gives the person who had the biggest impact on the year, "for good or ill"—and in the Republican senator's case, it definitely... 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 »

Trump Pushing Hard to Keep Romney Out of Senate

Sources say he has been urging Orrin Hatch to stay on

(Newser) - After almost 41 years in office, Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch is the longest-serving Republican senator in US history—and President Trump apparently wants the 83-year-old Senate Finance Committee chairman to seek another term in 2018. Sources tell Politico that Trump, who will appear with Hatch at an event in... More »

Key Differences Between House, Senate Tax Bills

2 chambers will have to craft a compromise

(Newser) - The Senate passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday after some late changes were made to the bill. The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill two weeks ago that differs in key respects, and the two chambers will have to craft a compromise to... 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 »

McConnell on Tax Bill: We've Got 50 Votes

Senate majority leader says GOP leaders convinced enough holdouts

(Newser) - "We have the votes." So declared Mitch McConnell Friday on the GOP's bid to push a $1.4 trillion tax bill through the Senate. The final vote in the chamber is expected to come later Friday. The Senate majority leader's comment came soon after the No.... More »

Tax Overhaul Scores Key Victory in Senate

Budget panel passes it, moving it on to full chamber

(Newser) - The Senate Budget Committee has advanced a sweeping tax package to the full Senate, handing GOP leaders a victory as they try to pass the nation's first tax overhaul in 31 years. The committee voted 12 to 11 to advance the bill. Two committee Republicans had said they were... More »

Second Republican Opposes Senate Tax Plan

Steve Daines joins Ron Johnson

(Newser) - As the Republican leadership in the Senate races to pass a sweeping tax reform bill this week, they're running into opposition from their own members. Two weeks ago, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson came out against the bill in its present form, saying it favors large corporations over small businesses,... More »

Roy Moore Taunts McConnell in Tweet, Promptly Gets Served

As the GOP considers how to deal with the situation

(Newser) - A sixth accuser stepped forward on Wednesday to say that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore once grabbed her buttocks . And the fact that he is still a Senate candidate is causing no shortage of hand-wringing among Republicans. As BuzzFeed reports, senators have called for him to leave the race and... More »

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Sexual Assault

Beverly Young Nelson says she was just 16 when Moore attacked her

(Newser) - Just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to "step aside" in Alabama's special election, another woman accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. At a press conference Monday with attorney Gloria Allred, Beverly Young Nelson said... More »

CFPB Chief: Senate Vote a 'Giant Setback for Every Consumer'

GOP senators (and VP Mike Pence) just made it harder for consumers to sue financial institutions

(Newser) - A rule that would have offered consumers a powerful tool against financial institutions by allowing them to join together to sue saw its demise Tuesday night at the hands of Senate Republicans. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal report that, by a vote of 51 to 50 (with... More »

McConnell's Task: Recover From Worst Day of Political Life

The big question: Can he rebound?

(Newser) - As has been widely noted , Mitch McConnell had a truly awful Tuesday. The Senate majority leader had to surrender on ObamaCare repeal, ally Bob Corker announced he was retiring , and, perhaps worst of all, the Senate candidate that McConnell strongly backed in Alabama got trounced by one backed by the... More »

Wary Democrats: 'Bill Is Not Dead Yet'

No celebrations after McCain announces opposition to ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare didn't quite kill the legislation's chances, though it came pretty close. Still, Democrats are taking pains not to declare victory in public or do anything that smacks of gloating, reports Politico . As Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian... More »

Kimmel-Cassidy Feud Over 'Indefensible' Bill Hits Night 2

And Kimmel calls Fox host Brian Kilmeade a 'phony little creep'

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel's tirade against GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his new health care bill reached a second night on Wednesday. Kimmel, whose son was born earlier this year with a serious heart condition , railed on Cassidy for lying "right to my face" on his show in May about... More »

Suddenly, GOP Has Real Chance to Torpedo ObamaCare

Graham-Cassidy bill has only one firm 'no' so far

(Newser) - Republicans have about two weeks left if they hope to fundamentally change ObamaCare, and the chances of that happening have suddenly risen. In fact, NBC News declares in a headline that the Affordable Care Act is in "grave danger," and the reason is a new bill from GOP... More »

Senate GOP Makes Final Push to Repeal ObamaCare

Effort has a 2-week window to pass

(Newser) - Senate Republicans are expressing growing hope for a final push to scuttle ObamaCare, an effort that still faces an uphill climb and has just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, senators would be in the dark about the bill's impact on Americans, since the Congressional Budget Office... More »

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