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Hot Mic Picks Up Schumer's Assessment of Senate Races

'We're going downhill' in Georgia, he tells Biden

(Newser) - After almost 50 years in politics, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer apparently still hasn't learned to be wary of hot mics. He was overheard delivering a candid, though mostly positive, assessment of Democrats' chances in Senate races to President Biden on the tarmac of Hancock Field Air National Guard...

Pelosi in New Jan. 6 Footage: 'I'm Gonna Punch Him Out'

Never-before-seen video shot during riot shows House Speaker Pelosi's shock, anger at Trump

(Newser) - The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on the US Capitol held its final public hearing before the midterms on Thursday, in which it resumed making its case against Donald Trump and even voted unanimously at the end of the hearing to subpoena the former president to testify....

Sinema Put Manchin in Role of Protecting Bill

Differences on taxes were resolved, allowing passage, though it wasn't easy

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer negotiated for months on the climate change, health care, and tax legislation that passed the Senate on Sunday. When they finally reached an agreement, they still weren't finished. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema had been left out of the talks, and she...

Rules Boss Cuts Bill's Penalties for Drugmakers

Senate parliamentarian keeps much of Democrats' economic package intact

(Newser) - The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact. Party leaders prepared for first votes on a package containing many of President Biden's top domestic goals, the AP reports. Elizabeth MacDonough, the...

Manchin Unblocks Biden's Domestic Agenda

Holdout's deal with Schumer covers climate change provisions

(Newser) - Sen. Joe Manchin reached agreement with Senate Democratic leaders to support President Biden's domestic spending plan, legislation addressing health care costs, climate change, and other priorities. The deal reverses Manchin's position of two weeks ago, when he said he couldn't commit to the bill before economic data...

Chuck Schumer Has COVID
Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer Has COVID

Senate majority leader experiencing very mild symptoms

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has tested positive for COVID-19 and reports experiencing very mild symptoms, his spokesman said Sunday night. Schumer, 71, is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, spokesman Justin Goodman said in a statement cited by the AP . The New York Democrat will follow federal...

Schumer: Senate Will Vote on Changing Filibuster

He says vote will be held by MLK Day

(Newser) - Unless Republicans change course and stop blocking voting rights legislation , the Senate will vote this month on changing filibuster rules, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday. In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Schumer said that if Republicans don't budge, "the Senate will debate and consider changes to...

Debt Crisis for NYC Taxi Drivers Just Eased

Relief deal will see medallion debt reduced to $170K per driver: 'NYT'

(Newser) - A 14-day hunger strike may have helped rescue New York City's yellow taxi drivers from crushing debt . City officials announced Wednesday that a deal was reached with the largest holder of taxi loans in the city to reduce the amount owing for each owner of a medallion, a city...

Top Democrats Push to Legalize Pot at Federal Level

They're calling for an end to prohibition

(Newser) - Top Senate Democrats have unveiled draft legislation to legalize marijuana, remove federal penalties, and erase nonviolent federal cannabis-related criminal records. The proposal from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, and Sen. Cory Booker, dubbed the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, would remove marijiuana, now fully...

Lawmakers Agree to Deal to Investigate Capitol Attack

House could vote on proposed bipartisan commission next week

(Newser) - House lawmakers have reached a bipartisan deal to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, and it does not include a look at violence alleged to have come from left-wing groups last summer, as some Republicans had hoped. The proposed 10-person commission would focus only on the attack...

McConnell Condemns Trump, but Not Until After the Vote
McConnell Rips Trump, While
Pelosi Blames 'Cowardly' GOP
impeachment trial

McConnell Rips Trump, While Pelosi Blames 'Cowardly' GOP

Minority leader says former president could still be held accountable in the courts

(Newser) - Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a stinging indictment of former President Trump from the Senate floor on Saturday, but not until minutes after the impeachment trial ended in acquittal . Trump was charged with inciting an insurrection in connection with the attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6. "Former...

Senate Standoff Ends With 'Democrats Holding the Gavels'

Schumer, McConnell reach deal on 50-50 Senate

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced an agreement Wednesday with Republicans to organize the evenly split chamber, ending a weekslong standoff, reports the AP . Schumer said that he and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had agreed on committee ratios and other details in the 50-50 chamber, where Democrats have the...

McConnell Wants to Delay Trump's Impeachment Trial

GOP leader wants February start, but Schumer hasn't answered

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in no hurry for the Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump to begin. He's told Democrats he wants the trial to begin sometime in February, which would allow both sides at least a week to prepare for the proceeding, CBS reports. That'...

McConnell Wants a Deal on Filibusters

Issue keeps negotiations over Senate control stalled

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats are negotiating how to split control of the Senate for the next two years, and there's one custom that Mitch McConnell wants to protect: the filibuster. His rivals aren't buying it, the Hill reports. "We're not going to give him what he wishes,...

VP Harris Swears in 3 New Senators
VP Harris Swears
in 3 New Senators

VP Harris Swears in 3 New Senators

Chuck Schumer is now Senate Majority Leader

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris is now also president of the Senate—and Sen. Chuck Schumer is now Senate Majority Leader. Democrats regained control of the chamber Wednesday after Harris swore in three new Democratic senators: Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, whose Georgia election wins were certified Tuesday , and Sen....

House Approves $2K Payments. Senate Is Up Next

Schumer plans to bring the bill up Tuesday, but one senator could stop it

(Newser) - The House voted Monday to send Americans who qualify $2,000, agreeing with President Trump that the $600 called for in the recently approved pandemic stimulus package is inadequate. Trump had threatened to veto that legislation, which included money to keep the government operating, before signing it Sunday night. The...

Political Odd Couple May Have Paved Way for COVID Relief

Meanwhile, a government shutdown loomed

(Newser) - Top congressional lawmakers struck a late-night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package costing nearly $1 trillion, clearing the way for votes as early as Sunday. Per the AP , a Democratic aide said that an agreement had been reached late Saturday and that compromise language...

Schumer: GOP Is Ready to Talk Coronavirus Relief

Congressional aides figure avoiding a government shutdown will come first

(Newser) - Republicans are willing to restart negotiations on a coronavirus relief package, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday. "They've agreed to sit down, and the staffs are going to sit down today or tomorrow to try to begin to see if we can get a real good COVID relief bill,...

Obama Has a Message for Republican Senators on RBG

Dems remind GOP of their remarks in 2016 on filling an empty SCOTUS seat during election year

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell vowed late Friday that a vote will be held on President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, who died Friday at 87. But prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, are pushing back, digging up the remarks of McConnell and other GOP senators from...

Democrats: DeJoy May Have Broken the Law—Twice

He's accused of campaign finance violations, lying under oath

(Newser) - House Democrats are calling for the immediate suspension of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as they investigate alleged campaign finance violations . The USPS "never should have hired (him) in the first place," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said late Monday, per the...

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