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China Threatens to Retaliate After Senate Passes Hong Kong Bill

Measures supports human rights in territory

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday easily approved a bill to support human rights in Hong Kong following months of often-violent unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar legislation.... More »

Report: Trump Warned Sessions Against Senate Comeback Bid

But Alabaman still plans to announce run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is going to take a shot at resuming the Senate career he abandoned for an ill-fated stint in the Trump administration, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times and NPR that the Republican, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming President Trump's attorney... More »

Trump Could Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

Bill awaits his signature after unanimous House, Senate votes

(Newser) - Animal cruelty could become a federal felony if President Trump signs a bill headed for his desk. The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday making certain types of animal cruelty a federal crime. "Current federal law prohibits animal fighting and only criminalizes animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create... More »

Report: Jeff Sessions Wants His Senate Seat Back

Sources say he's exploring 2020 run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is seriously considering a run for the Senate seat he held for 20 years before briefly becoming President Trump's attorney general, sources tell the Washington Post and Politico . The sources say the 72-year-old Republican has been plotting a 2020 campaign strategy for the Alabama seat currently held... More »

Impeachment Trial Could Be Bad News for 6 Democrats

Senators will have to stay in DC for the duration

(Newser) - With an impeachment trial for President Trump in the Senate is looking more likely every day, the good news for the six Democratic senators running for president is that they will be on TV every day during a trial. The bad news is, they won't be allowed to speak.... More »

White House Will Dare Pelosi to Hold Vote

President acknowledges House has enough votes to impeach him

(Newser) - President Trump defended himself on Twitter and in person to reporters on Friday, insisting that his appeals to China and Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden were all about corruption, not politics. "Everything, to me, is about corruption," Trump said, per CNN . "I don’t care about Biden’... More »

Jeff Flake Has Unique Take on Senate Trial of Trump

The former Arizona senator says 'there's not a lot of love for the president'

(Newser) - Former Sen. Jeff Flake has his own take on how the Senate would respond to President Trump's impeachment, Fox News reports. "At least 35" Republican senators would support impeachment if the vote were held privately, he said Thursday at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. "I heard someone... More »

Surprise in Georgia: Both Senate Seats Up for Grabs

GOP Sen. Isakson's retirement changes the 2020 election

(Newser) - Facing health challenges, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year's end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both of the state's Senate seats will be on the ballot. The 74-year-old lawmaker said he is leaving the... More »

McConnell Open to Considering New Gun Laws

But he doesn't want to bring Senate back early

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want to bring the Senate back early from its August break to debate gun legislation, and he won't commit to supporting measures like expanded background checks—but he is at least willing to consider new legislation. McConnell told a Kentucky radio station... More »

Hard-Won Budget, Debt Deal Clears the Senate

The drama-free solution involved compromise on both sides

(Newser) - A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Trump's endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies, the AP reports. The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies relied... More »

Susan Collins May Be in Trouble

Maine GOP senator will face a tough Democratic opponent in next election

(Newser) - Susan Collins has been a mainstay in the Senate for more than two decades, but it appears the Maine Republican will have the fight of her political life on her hands in the 2020 election. On Monday, Sara Gideon—the Democratic speaker of the state House—announced that she's... More »

Barr Is 'Slicing the Onion Very, Very Thinly'

And other reactions from the media universe

(Newser) - Reaction to William Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. "He must resign as attorney general," states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. "William Barr torched his reputation," cries the Washington Post . On the other side: "No,... More »

Green New Deal Fizzles in Senate

But Democrats call it a 'sham' vote

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats. Majority Republicans forced the vote as they seek to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the... More »

Senate Poised to Deliver Another Rebuke of Trump

Resolution to end Saudi-led war in Yemen expected to pass Wednesday

(Newser) - President Trump's first veto is on the horizon. The Senate will vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the US end its military support of the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen. The bipartisan resolution invoking the War Powers Act, seen as a rebuke of Trump, passed 56-41 in December... More »

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 »

Hours Before SOTU, Senate Republicans Break With Trump

Senate approves legislation warning against withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan

(Newser) - Hours before President Trump was to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday, the Senate once again made clear it disagrees with him on Syria and Afghanistan. In a 77-23 vote, senators approved a Middle East policy bill that will be sent to the House; it includes a provision... More »

Trump Warns of 'Very Long' 'Democrat Shutdown'

President wants McConnell to use the nuclear option to pass House bill with wall funding

(Newser) - President Trump warned of a "Democrat Shutdown" of the government in Friday morning tweets, adding that "it will last for a very long time!" Having backed away from a temporary spending bill that would've funded the government until Feb. 8, Trump has thrown his support behind... More »

After 200 Failed Attempts, Bill Finally Passes the Senate

Hate crime bill that would make lynching a crime passes unanimously

(Newser) - After around 200 failed attempts over at least 100 years, a bill to make lynching a federal crime has finally passed the Senate. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced in July, passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, the Hill reports. It was sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and... 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 »

Senate Passes Sweeping Criminal Justice Overhaul

Trump says he looks forward to signing it

(Newser) - The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12... More »

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