Category: Senate

Live updates: Trump touts unity after meeting with Republicans

UPDATE: Trump speaks about abortion NEW: Trump surprised Taylor Swift didn’t support him, lawmaker says Former President Trump is meeting with Republicans in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He is huddling with House Republicans in the morning, then is set to meet with GOP senators at 12:30 p.m. It will be Trump’s first meeting with lawmakers since he was convicted on 34 felony counts in New…

GOP averts disaster in Ohio shocker: 5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

A couple closer-than-expected races highlighted Tuesday’s elections in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina, which put Donald Trump’s endorsement power to the test as he heads toward a rematch with President Biden. But it was an under-the-radar special election in Ohio that turned out to be the biggest shocker of the night. Elsewhere, Trump-endorsed candidates pulled through against their primary challengers, though at least…

Trump-endorsed Sam Brown wins Nevada Senate GOP primary

Retired Army Capt. Sam Brown, who clinched the last-minute backing of Donald Trump over the weekend, is projected to win the Nevada Senate GOP primary to take on Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) this fall, according to Decision Desk HQ.  Brown defeated several challengers in the Republican contest, with his most formidable opponent being former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeff Gunter, who served during the Trump…

Nigerian Senate passes N98.5bn FCT Supplementary Budget

The Senate on Tuesday passed the sum of N98.5 billion as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2024. The passage of the Bill followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on FCT during plenary. Recall that the Senate had last week stepped down the Bill, saying the details of the budget needed to accompany it. The Vice Chairman of the…

Whitehouse calls on Alito for info on ‘improper’ WSJ interview

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a top Senate Judiciary Committee member, is calling on Justice Samuel Alito to provide information about an interview he gave The Wall Street Journal on Supreme Court ethics, a request that comes after Alito declined to recuse himself from cases involving Jan. 6, 2021, and the 2020 election.  Whitehouse said the interview, in which Alito said there is “no provision in the…

Netanyahu to address Congress on July 24

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress on July 24, top Republicans announced Thursday night. The top four Congressional leaders officially invited Netanyahu to speak to lawmakers on Friday, capping off weeks of speculation regarding whether or not the prime minister would be extended the opportunity to visit the Capitol amid Israel’s war against Hamas. Netanyahu accepted the invitation on Saturday….

Biden urges Congress to restore Roe v. Wade protections after Senate GOP blocks contraception bill

President Biden doubled down on his push for Congress to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law, after Senate Republicans blocked a bill from consideration Wednesday that would have established a federal right to birth control. “@VP and I believe that women in every state must have the freedom to make deeply personal health care decisions,” Biden wrote in a post on…

BREAKING: Senate passes bill to control, regulate cattle rearing ranching business in Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill to establish the National Animal Husbandry and Ranches Commission after a heated debate on Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by Senator Titus Tartenger Zam representing Benue North West was meant to control and regulate cattle rearing ranching business across the country. Explaining the general principles of the bill, Zam canvassed the need for the proposed Commission to manage, regulate,…

Trump takes a hit in New Jersey: 5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

A number of states held primaries for races up and down the ballot Tuesday, with President Biden and Donald Trump inching ever closer to their respective nominations and a couple notable Senate matchups solidifying. Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Washington, D.C., held some of the last presidential primaries of the cycle. Guam and the Virgin Islands will officially cap off the presidential…

Phillips suggests Hochul pardon Trump ‘for the good of the country’

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) pressed New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to pardon former President Trump following his recent conviction in his hush money trial. “Donald Trump is a serial liar, cheater, and philanderer, a six-time declarer of corporate bankruptcy, an instigator of insurrection, and a convicted felon who thrives on portraying himself as a victim,” Phillips said in a post on social platform X…

Rubio: Biden is ‘demented man propped up by wicked and deranged people’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed President Biden on Friday calling him a “demented man” in a post on the social media platform X. “Our current President is a demented man propped up by wicked & deranged people willing to destroy our country to remain in power,” Rubio said in the post, which features a video of Biden following a Friday announcement about the Israel-Hamas war….

Manchin says he won’t enter governor’s race amid speculation

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Wednesday he will not enter the governor’s race in West Virginia, shooting down speculation that the retiring senator might be considering a last-minute bid for his old job. “My support is with Steve Williams,” Manchin said about the Democratic nominee, who won the uncontested primary race in the state. “He’s been a friend of mine for 40 years, and…

Sanders, Wyden scrutinize data firm over ‘sky-high’ medical bills

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.) are scrutinizing a data analytic firm over concerns the services it provides to insurance companies are leaving patients with “sky-high medical bills.” The senators issued a letter last week to Travis Dalton, president and CEO of the healthcare data analytics firm MultiPlan, stating their concerns over reports his company’s negotiation process for out-of-network claims “dramatically reduces plan…

‘Hero of Israel’ Fetterman to receive Yeshiva University’s highest honor

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) is set to receive Yeshiva University’s highest honor for his service and global leadership, with the university proclaiming him as the “Hero of Israel.”  Fetterman, a staunch supporter of Israel in its war against militant group Hamas, will be awarded the school’s “Presidential Medallion” during the institution’s 93rd annual commencement ceremony Wednesday, the school said in the news release.  “Senator Fetterman…

Biden speaks with Johnson and McConnell to push for border bill

President Biden on Monday talked with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as the White House pushes for a vote on a bipartisan border security bill in the Senate. The White House in a statement said Biden “reiterated that Congressional Republicans should stop playing politics and act quickly to pass this bipartisan border legislation that would add thousands of Border…

Senate Republicans introduce legislation to legalize IVF treatment nationally

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Katie Britt (Ala.) announced Monday that they are introducing legislation to protect legal access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) nationwide in the wake of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that embryos created by the treatment are children. Cruz and Britt said they will unveil the bill to clear up the “confusion and misinformation” spread by the ruling, which has…

Vance doubles down on praise for Viktor Orban’s crackdown on universities in Hungary

Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) stood by previous comments praising Hungarian President Viktor Orban for a regulatory crackdown on the country’s universities on Sunday, saying the U.S. should embrace a similar mindset. Orban, as part of anti-democratic reforms which included changes to the country’s judiciary and constitution, changed how higher education is regulated in recent years, giving the government more control over what is taught. “What…

Hogan argues abortion pivot during Maryland Senate race not ‘a major transformation’

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), the GOP nominee for retiring Democratic Sen. Cardin’s seat in Maryland, argued Friday that his recent pivot on abortion, is not “a major transformation.” Hogan said he supports “restoring Roe as the law of the land” and called himself “pro-choice” in an interview published Thursday in The New York Times. Hogan doubled down on his remarks in that interview…

Former McCain, Sinema backers to host fundraiser for Gallego

A group of moderates are set to raise money for Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) on Saturday as his Senate race against Kari Lake heats up, Gallego’s campaign confirmed to The Hill. Prominent donors to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and outgoing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) will host a fundraiser for the Phoenix Democrat, proving his appeal to the center. The fundraiser was first reported…

Opening statements planned in Menendez trial

Opening statements in Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) federal bribery and obstruction trial are set to begin Wednesday in Manhattan. Federal prosecutors have alleged Menendez and his wife Nadine accepted “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in bribes in exchange for the senator’s political power, which they said enriched several New Jersey businessmen, as well as the governments of Egypt and Qatar. The bribes were allegedly paid…

Alsobrooks prevails in tense Maryland Senate primary: Five takeaways

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks clinched the Maryland Senate Democratic primary over Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) on Tuesday, putting her a step closer to becoming the first Black woman to represent the Old Line State in the Senate.  First, however, she must defeat popular former Gov. Larry Hogan (R) — by no means a sure thing. The pair is battling for outgoing Sen. Ben Cardin’s…

Larry Hogan says leaders must ‘put the country first,’ pledges bipartisan work in Senate

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) pledged to “put the country first” and work across the aisle, in his victory speech Tuesday after securing the GOP nomination for his state’s open Senate seat. Hogan made his pitch to the ideological middle, in his speech to supporters Tuesday night, saying political leaders in Washington who show a “willingness to put country over party has become far…

Larry Hogan wins GOP Senate primary in Maryland

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has won the Republican nomination in the closely watched race for the state’s open Senate seat, according to a projection from Decision Desk HQ.  Hogan is vying to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.), whose plans to leave the upper chamber after three terms in the role kicked off a competitive Democratic primary in the Old Line State. …

Cardin: Israel military aid should continue, though war conduct report ‘raised concerns’

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, said military aid to Israel should continue, through the war conduct report released by the State Department on Friday “raised concerns.”  Cardin’s remarks on transferring military aid to Israel are different than that of the White House, as President Biden withheld sending over some bombs to the U.S. ally last week and said earlier this…

Democratic Senator calls US report on Israel war conduct ‘woefully inadequate’

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) described the Biden administration’s review of Israel’s war conduct in the Gaza Strip — which acknowledged the likely violation of international humanitarian law using U.S. weapons — as “woefully inadequate,” but did not indicate a ban on arms transfers. “If this conduct complies with international standards, God help us all,” Van Hollen said in a call with reporters shortly after…

Bipartisan bill aims to ban the sale of water beads as children’s toys

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate aims to ban the sale of water beads marketed as children’s toys after reports of the product’s hazards raise alarms. The bill is named “Esther’s Law” after 10-month-old Esther Jo Bethard died after swallowing one bead, which is absorbent and can grow inside the body. Introduced by Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.) and Bob Casey (Penn.) and Republican…

Sanders says Biden’s warning to Netanyahu is ‘a good step forward’ but calls for ‘even more’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said President Biden’s warning to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a “good step forward” in a Wednesday interview, but he hopes to see “even more” from the president going forward. “Well, I think it’s a good step forward. I think we’ve got to do even more,” Sanders told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins in an interview Wednesday. “The bottom line is, Kaitlan,…

Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge against proposed National Guard move to Space Force

A bipartisan group of House members and senators are calling on the Congressional Armed Services Committees to reject the Biden administration’s proposal to incorporate Air National Guard Service members into the Space Force, calling it “deeply flawed.” In a letter dated May 6 to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, 56 House members and 29 senators argued the…

GOP conservatives threaten ICC with sanctions if they seek Netanyahu’s arrest

A dozen GOP senators threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) with sanctions if the body moves forward with an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or other Israeli leaders. The ICC has reportedly considered a warrant for Netanyahu’s arrest for weeks as accusations rise of war crimes in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.  “Target Israel and we will target you,” the senators, led…