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McConnell Responds to Manchin's Voting Law Pitch

Senate minority leader says 'plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise'

(Newser) - On Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin offered up a long list of reforms to proposed voting rights legislation that he hoped would appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. But by later that day, the GOP made clear the compromise effort wasn't drawing them in. Per Axios , Senate Minority Leader Mitch...

Joe Manchin Floats a Voting-Law Compromise
Joe Manchin's Big Move
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Joe Manchin's Big Move on Voting Law

Democratic senator floats a compromise ahead of next week's vote

(Newser) - Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia earned the wrath of fellow Democrats earlier this month when he announced that he wouldn't back a major election-reform law. Now, ahead of next week's vote, Manchin has put a compromise in play. Coverage:
  • Manchin released a lengthy list of reforms he
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Schumer Has Potential Way
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Schumer Has Potential Way to Pressure Joe Manchin

He could call a secret vote to strip West Virginian's chairmanship of energy panel

(Newser) - The dust is settling on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's decision over the weekend to buck his own party on a voting-rights bill, and there's no shortage of thoughts on what the Manchin vote in general means for the Senate. The 73-year-old may be a Democrat, but he represents...

Democratic Senator Bucks Party on Voting Bill

Without Joe Manchin's vote, the measure has no path forward

(Newser) - A key Democratic senator says he will not vote for the largest overhaul of US election law in a generation, leaving no path forward for legislation that his party and the White House have portrayed as crucial for protecting access to the ballot. "Voting and election reform that...

GOP Uses Filibuster to Derail Jan. 6 Inquiry

Measures comes up short of necessary 60 votes in the Senate

(Newser) - The bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol attracted the support of six Republican senators Friday, but it wasn't enough. The vote was 54-35, Politico reports. No Democrat was opposed, so the procedural vote would have needed 10 GOP votes...

Lone Dem Likely Has Doomed Plans to Dodge Filibuster

Joe Manchin says reconciliation process will cause 'drastic swings in federal policymaking'

(Newser) - With the Senate split 50-50, the success of Democrats' legislation depends on having a unified caucus—and one member may have dashed hopes of getting around the filibuster another time this year. In a Washington Post op-ed, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia criticizes the use of the budget reconciliation...

Bernie Sanders' Minimum Wage Bid Is Rejected

Senator's workaround to add measure to relief bill falls short

(Newser) - Sen. Bernie Sanders tried again for a $15 federal minimum wage Friday but was undercut by a handful of Democrats. On a 58-42 vote—though the final count could change—the Senate rejected an attempt to slip the minimum wage increase into President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief...

Everybody Would Like a Word With Joe Manchin

Lobbyists look for ways to win Senate swing vote

(Newser) - His opposition to President Biden's choice as budget director probably will be the end of her nomination. He may well decide whether a $15-an-hour minimum wage, or a smaller one, becomes law. Everybody in Washington wants Sen. Joe Manchin's vote, but first, every lobbyist would like a moment...

Do You Have $1,400 Coming Your Way, and When?

CBS News suggests $1,400 checks may wait until March or April

(Newser) - Now that Joe Biden is officially in the Oval Office , the work begins—and at the top of many Americans' minds is when they can expect stimulus checks to help them get through the pandemic. The president has a $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal on deck, and contained in...

Bill Addresses 'Unacceptable' Gender Pay Gap in US Soccer

'They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly'

(Newser) - The US women's soccer team has now won four World Cups—four more than the men's team—and a Democratic senator is among those saying the women deserve to be paid at least as much as the men. Sen. Joe Manchin introduced a bill Tuesday that would withhold...

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...

Brett Kavanaugh Just Passed a Big Hurdle

He gets enough votes in crucial Senate procedural test

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh just passed a crucial hurdle in the Senate, though his ascension to the Supreme Court is still not assured. Kavanaugh's nomination passed a procedural vote that allows it to move forward, reports Reuters . The count was 51-49. The final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh is expected...

Kavanaugh's Prospects Just Got Much Brighter

GOP's Jeff Flake will back him, making approval likely in Senate committee Friday afternoon

(Newser) - After Thursday's high drama , the Senate Judiciary Committee looks poised to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. The vote is scheduled for 1:30pm Eastern, reports NPR . Going into the day, the main suspense had been whether Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona would side...

Collins Won't Back Nominee With 'Hostility' to Roe v. Wade

Republican is likely a must-win vote for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

(Newser) - GOP Sen. Susan Collins used this week's Sunday morning circuit to make clear that she is not going to vote for any Supreme Court nominee who appears to be against a woman's right to choose to have an abortion. "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated...

Hell or High Water, Blankenship Says He'll Be on Ballot

Intends to run for US Senate in November as Constitution Party candidate

(Newser) - Don Blankenship's political career isn't going gently into that good night. Though Politico reports he finished "a distant" third in West Virginia's Republican primary for US Senate—state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey secured the nomination—he still plans to vie for the seat and says he...

'Trumpier Than Trump' Candidate Loses in W. Va
'Trumpier Than Trump'
Candidate Loses in W.Va
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'Trumpier Than Trump' Candidate Loses in W.Va

Don Blankenship finished 3rd in GOP primary

(Newser) - He claimed be "Trumpier than Trump"—but he couldn't overcome President Trump's opposition to his candidacy . Retired coal baron and ex-federal convict Don Blankenship finished in third place in West Virginia's hard-fought Senate primary on Tuesday. State Attorney General Patrick Morrissey won and will face...

Rick Perry May Lead Dept. He Famously Forgot: Report

And he presumably doesn't want to abolish Energy Department anymore

(Newser) - Donald Trump is reportedly down to four candidates for energy secretary, and they include two Democratic senators from big energy-producing states, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and, uh, if history were any indicator the fourth name would escape Rick Perry's memory. Yes, Perry, the former Texas...

Drug CEO's Dad in Senate Now a Big Focus
Raising Eyebrows: EpiPen
CEO's Dad Is a Senator
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Raising Eyebrows: EpiPen CEO's Dad Is a Senator

Mylan's Heather Bresch is the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin

(Newser) - Prior to the recent outrage at drugmaker Mylan for jacking the price of EpiPens into the stratosphere, it wasn't widely known that company CEO Heather Bresch, 47, was the daughter of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. That has changed in a big way, with major media outlets...

4 Members of Congress Who Buck Their Party the Most

Susan Collins, Joe Manchin lead in the Senate

(Newser) - Which members of Congress are most likely to vote against their own party majority? The Washington Post rounds up the leaders with data from GovTrack. Here are the top Republicans and Democrats this year in the House and Senate:
  • House Democrat: Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who does so 30% of
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NRA: Navy Yard Lacked 'Good Guys With Guns'
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NRA: Navy Yard Lacked 'Good Guys With Guns'

Meanwhile, Manchin says he won't renew push for gun control

(Newser) - The NRA's Wayne LaPierre is taking on renewed debate over gun control in wake of the Navy Yard shooting, telling NBC today that the "outrage" of "the elite media and the politicians trying to stir this toward firearms ... ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base....

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