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U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that allows […]

McConnell blasts nomination of Stone-Manning as public lands chief

BY: - July 14, 2021

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday joined the ranks of GOP senators opposing the confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning, the president’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, possibly signaling the confirmation could soon move beyond the Energy Committee. The strongly critical statement from McConnell, of Kentucky, was not a surprise, but the […]

Biden’s public lands pick wins backing by environmental advocates ahead of hearing

BY: - June 8, 2021

Environmental groups are lining up behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management prior to her Tuesday confirmation hearing. More than 100 organizations wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Monday asking that the Senate confirm Tracy Stone-Manning, a Montanan who led conservation and […]

Senate GOP filibuster blocks commission to probe U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Legislation to form an investigatory panel into that attack passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, with 35 House Republicans joining […]

U.S. Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed Merrick Garland to serve as U.S. attorney general in a 70-30 vote. Colorado Sens. Micheal Bennet and John Hickenlooper, both Democrats, voted in favor of the nomination. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination in a 15-7 vote. Garland served as a judge on the U.S. […]

Election reform to return as a priority for Dems in Congress

BY: - January 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security. The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect […]

Sen. Josh Hawley vows to contest certification of Joe Biden’s victory

BY: - December 30, 2020

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley announced Wednesday that he will object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory when Congress convenes next week to certify the results of the 2020 election. The move guarantees that both chambers will be forced to debate the results and vote on whether to accept Biden’s victory, […]

U.S. House approves $2,000 stimulus checks backed by Trump

BY: - December 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Monday evening to send $2,000 stimulus checks to many Americans, embracing a call from President Donald Trump to more than triple the direct payments in the massive coronavirus relief package signed into law Sunday night. A bill to boost the relief payments cleared the House […]

U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown while relief talks drag on

BY: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted to pass a stopgap spending bill, preventing a government shutdown and giving a group of bipartisan lawmakers another week to negotiate a coronavirus relief package.   In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Monday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal […]

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The Affordable Care Act saved my life. What happens if it’s gone?

BY: - November 13, 2020

Three years ago I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough, and walked out with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. I’m here, today, because the Affordable Care Act saved my life. But now it’s under attack, again. The care I received cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, money that most of us don’t […]

Crowd outside Gardner’s Denver office demands Supreme Court seat be left open

BY: - September 21, 2020

A crowd of about 50 people on Monday gathered outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s office in downtown Denver to demand a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court remain open until after the Nov. 3 presidential election or inauguration in January. The vacancy was created by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. […]