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Former Sen. Inhofe, Known for Snowball Stunt, Dies at 89

Oklahoma lawmaker brought the snowball to Senate floor to mock environmental worries

(Newser) - Former Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, a conservative firebrand known for his strong support of defense spending and his denial that human activity is responsible for the bulk of climate change, has died at age 89. Inhofe, a powerful fixture in Oklahoma politics for over six decades, died Tuesday morning after...

Senate Republicans Keep IVF Protections From a Vote

GOP argues the Democratic bill isn't needed and back a more limited one

(Newser) - A Democratic attempt to codify protections for in vitro fertilization hit a Republican wall in the Senate on Thursday, with GOP opponents calling the measure unnecessary. "Why should we vote for a bill that fixes a nonexistent problem? There's not a problem," Sen. John Cornyn told reporters,...

3rd Senator Joins Race to Be Next GOP Leader

Rick Scott, a Trump ally, will run for McConnell's position next year

(Newser) - Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he will run for Senate Republican leader when Mitch McConnell steps down from the post, becoming the third Republican in the race, the AP reports. South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the current No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn...

Youngest Female Senator Will Deliver SOTU Response

Katie Britt is the 'opposite of everything Joe Biden is,' fellow GOP senator says

(Newser) - "She's young, female, and full of energy—opposite of everything Joe Biden is," Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin says of his colleague Sen. Katie Britt, who will deliver the GOP response to President Biden's State of the Union address. The 42-year-old from Alabama is the youngest Republican...

Forget the 'Three Johns,' It Might Be a Steve

Donald Trump is encouraging Montana Sen. Daines to run for McConnell's leadership position

(Newser) - Prior to Thursday, the smart money in DC was that one of "three Johns" would take over Mitch McConnell's leadership position in the Senate in January. But now it appears that a "Steve" might be a top contender—Montana Sen. Steve Daines. And the reason is Donald...

McConnell's Legacy Isn't in Congress
McConnell's Legacy
Isn't in Congress

McConnell's Legacy Isn't in Congress

'Rulings from judges he helped confirm will be shaping American life for decades to come'

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, history's longest-serving Senate leader, plans to step down as after November's elections . The 82-year-old has led Senate Republicans since 2007, but his real legacy will be outside the chamber, analysts say. He helped build a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court by blocking...

Longest-Serving Senate Leader Ever to Hang Up His Hat

It's been a record run in the job for Mitch McConnell

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. The AP reports McConnell, who turned 82 last week, is set to announce his decision Wednesday....

In Rare All-Nighter, Senate Passes $95B Aid Package

Funds going to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

(Newser) - The Senate early Tuesday passed a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, pushing ahead amid growing divisions in the Republican Party over the role of the United States abroad. The vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held...

Trump Pressures McConnell, Johnson on Border Package

Former president wants no compromises, which one GOP leader says isn't helpful

(Newser) - Donald Trump is pressuring congressional Republicans to not compromise with Democrats on border legislation, lobbying that one Senate GOP leader called "not helpful." The outside pressure is directed at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnson, and their leadership teams, the Hill reports. "I do...

Senate Republicans Block Aid to Ukraine, Israel

Biden suggests he'd consider border policy changes but calls GOP vote a 'gift' to Putin

(Newser) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the advance of a $110 billion package of wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel as well as other national security priorities as they tried to force President Biden to include changes to US border policy. The vote, a 49-51 tally that fell short of the...

Rand Paul Saves Fellow Senator With Heimlich

Joni Ernst was choking on her food until physician-senator intervened

(Newser) - A Republican Senate luncheon turned dramatic on Thursday when Sen. Joni Ernst began choking on her food. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a physician, came to the rescue, using the Heimlich maneuver to save his Iowa colleague, USA Today reports. The luncheon took place behind closed doors, but senators announced the...

GOP Senator on Teamsters Boss: 'In Oklahoma, You Don't Do This'

Markwayne Mullin says he was showing 'Oklahoma values' in trying to fight Sean O'Brien at hearing

(Newser) - A fight between the Teamsters union chief and a Republican senator almost got physical Tuesday and had to be refereed by Bernie Sanders at a Senate meeting on labor unions that "went off the rails," per the Daily Beast . After the verbal back-and-forth had ended, that GOP senator,...

Republicans Turn on Tuberville Over Risky Blockade

It's a 'national security suicide mission,' says Sen. Dan Sullivan of delayed vote on military nominees

(Newser) - Numerous members of his own party confronted Sen. Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday, demanding the Alabama Republican lift his legislative blockade used to delay votes on 375 military nominees since February, which is increasingly seen as a national security issue. "Months of simmering Republican frustration" burst into the open during...

FAA Nominee Withdraws
After 19 Months,
the FAA Has a Leader

After 19 Months, the FAA Has a Leader

Michael Whitaker confirmed in 98-0 Senate vote

(Newser) - After 19 months, there's finally somebody in charge at the Federal Aviation Administration. Michael Whitaker, a deputy FAA administrator during the Obama administration, was confirmed to a five-year term running the FAA in a 98-0 Senate vote Tuesday. Whitaker, who has held senior roles at several airlines, had the...

Fetterman Takes On Senate Dress-Code Fury With Boebert Jab

Republicans are pushing back at relaxing what senators wear on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - While some are celebrating the Senate's decision to no longer enforce its unwritten dress code —previously, shirts and ties for the guys, covered arms for the ladies—Republicans aren't as thrilled. "Terrible," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia commented on the change, per NBC...

McConnell Cleared by Doctor as Successor Talk Heats Up

Senate majority leader has had two public freeze-ups

(Newser) - The Capitol's attending physician has pronounced Sen. Mitch McConnell good to go and said he can carry on with his duties, a day after the minority leader froze at a microphone during an appearance in Kentucky. "I have consulted with Leader McConnell and conferred with his neurology team,...

GOP Senator: Might Be Time for McConnell to Resign

McConnell's office says he will remain GOP leader at least until the next Congress

(Newser) - Some Republican senators say they've observed concerning changes in Mitch McConnell's behavior since he suffered a concussion and broken rib during a fall in March. Their concerns were exacerbated Wednesday when the Senate minority leader froze for around 20 seconds during a press conference. He gave no reason...

Senate GOP on Feinstein Replacement: That's a No

Republicans 'of all stripes' line up against replacing the absent California Democrat

(Newser) - Sens. Mitch McConnell and John Fetterman got back to work on Monday after lengthy medical leaves, but Dianne Feinstein did not—and the question of whether Senate Republicans would allow a temporary replacement for her on the Judiciary Committee was quickly answered. As the Hill reports, "GOP senators of...

McConnell: 'The Entire Nation Knows Who Is Responsible' for Jan. 6

Senate GOP leaders aren't rallying around Trump after recommendation for charges

(Newser) - Senate Republicans haven't exactly been circling the wagons around Donald Trump since the House panel investigating the Capitol attack recommended criminal charges for the former president. Some GOP senators criticized the panel for being partisan and "obviously politicized," but they said its work was important and the...

GOP Votes Help Senate Pass Marriage Protections

Sponsor says some couples need protection from Supreme Court

(Newser) - With support from a dozen Republicans, the Senate on Wednesday voted 62-37 to protect same-sex marriage, most particularly from the Supreme Court. The House would have to approve the bill for the second time, but the Senate vote puts the legislation on the path to President Biden's desk, Politico...

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