Tag Archives: US Senate

Former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn Dies At Age 72

The Oklahoman reports: Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician who became a powerful force in Congress on fiscal matters, died early Saturday morning after a long fight with prostate cancer. He was 72. Coburn, of Muskogee, served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the Senate, …

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NC Paper: Why Won’t “Toxic” Richard Burr Go Away?

From the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer: Seven days have passed since news reports revealed how U.S. Sen Richard Burr profited off the coronavirus while failing to warn his constituents at the early, critical stages of the crisis. It has not been a good week. Burr has been abandoned by fellow Republicans, some of whom have called for his …

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Senate Approves $2T Stimulus Bill In Unanimous Vote

The Washington Post reports: Facing one of the worst economic downturns in American history, one that is unsparing in its trauma, the Senate late Wednesday unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill that attempts to arrest the financial havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers acted with unusual speed and cooperation to produce the largest economic rescue package in …

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Cotton Vows Revenge On China For “Unleashing” Virus

Mediaite reports: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) pledged “a reckoning” Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends after China according to the GOP senator “unleashed” the coronavirus on the world. Cotton commented on his growing frustration that “things like antibiotics and ibuprofen and Advil are made in China for the most part.” “It’s time to bring a lot more back to the …

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Majority Of NC Voters Say GOP Sen. Burr Should Resign

Just in from Public Policy Polling: PPP’s newest North Carolina poll finds that a majority of North Carolinians think Richard Burr should resign, and that his approval numbers have plummeted since revelations last week about his stock sales in the wake of the coronavirus. 50% of voters in the state think Burr should resign to 24% who think he should …

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Senate Dems Again Block GOP Corporate Bailout Bill

The Washington Post reports: Democrats blocked a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill for the second day in a row Monday, as near-pandemonium erupted on the Senate floor with lawmakers venting fury about their failed efforts to address the pandemic’s impact on the U.S. economy. Ahead of the vote, Senators clashed angrily over delays that had bogged down the giant bill, …

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Graham Bucks Trump On Ending Business Shutdowns

Axios reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Monday that he is basing his decisions for coronavirus policy on information from “health care professionals like Dr. Fauci and others, not political punditry.” In an apparent public rebuke, Graham added a link to a Washington Post article about the Trump administration’s signals that it might move to loosen restrictions on businesses at …

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Klobuchar’s Husband Hospitalized With Coronavirus

Posted this morning by Sen. Amy Klobuchar: I have news that many Americans are facing right now: my husband John has the coronavirus. We just got the test results at 7 a.m. this morning. While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off from all visitors, our daughter Abigail and I are constantly calling and texting and …

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Senate Dems Block “Corporate Bailout” Stimulus Bill

The Washington Post reports: Senate Democrats blocked a massive coronavirus stimulus bill from moving forward late Sunday as partisan disputes raged over the legislation that’s aimed at arresting the economy’s precipitous decline. Lawmakers had hoped to pass the enormous $1.8 trillion bill by Monday but Sunday night they were scrambling to revive talks, with the stock market poised for another …

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GOP Sen. Rand Paul Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Just in via press release: Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. He expects to be back in the Senate …

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Loeffler Claims No Advance Knowledge Of Stock Trades

Fox News reports: Tucker Carlson grilled Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., on Friday after allegations of insider trading-like behavior were lodged against her and three other U.S. senators. Loeffler’s husband is Jeffrey Sprecher, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Loeffler told Carlson on Friday that her financial advisers make stock buying and selling decisions in her portfolio. “I’m …

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Carlson: Sen. Burr Should Resign And Be Prosecuted

The Hill reports: Conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson called on Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to resign after reports that he sold off millions in personal stocks the week before the stock market began its steep dive amid fears of the COVID-19 outbreak. “He didn’t give a prime time address, he didn’t go on television to sound the alarm,” Carlson …

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Second GOP Senator Dumped Stocks Amid Assurances

The Daily Beast reports: The Senate’s newest member sold off seven figures’ worth of stock holdings in the days and weeks after a private, all-senators meeting on the novel coronavirus that subsequently hammered U.S. equities. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) reported the first sale of stock jointly owned by her and her husband on Jan. 24, the very day that her …

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GOP Senator Dumped Stocks Amid Public Assurances

ProPublica reports: Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $582,029 and $1.56 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 29 separate transactions. As the head of the intelligence committee, Burr, a …

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Senate Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill In 90-8 Vote

NBC News reports: The Senate voted to approve a second coronavirus aid bill Wednesday, paving the way for lawmakers to turn their attention to a third proposal that could include direct payments to Americans. The legislation, dubbed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed in a 90-8 vote, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law. The …

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Sen. Rand Paul Calls The Undocumented “Non-People”

The Daily Beast reports: In a Senate floor speech Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul described undocumented immigrants as not “legitimate” people and “non-people” while making the case that they should not be given access to federal child tax credits. Paul was pushing an amendment that proposes several measures to defray the cost of the sweeping responses to the coronavirus. The Kentucky …

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Sen. Mitt Romney Proposes Virus Response Package: Grants To Small Businesses, $1000 For “Each American”

Sen. Mitt Romney has formalized a set of proposals that swept Twitter early this morning and posted them to his website.  U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today called for urgent action on additional coronavirus response measures aimed at providing economic relief for working Americans and families, easing the financial burden for students, and protecting both health workers and patients. Romney …

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ARIZONA: Kelly +12 Over McSally In Latest Senate Poll

The Hill reports: Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly (D) has a 12-point lead over Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) in the Arizona Senate race, according to a Univision poll released Friday. Kelly, a former astronaut, is challenging McSally, who lost the general election in 2018 to Sen. Krysten Sinema (D). McSally was later appointed to the Senate to succeed interim Sen. …

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McConnell Cancels Senate’s Spring Break Recess

CNBC reports: The Senate will cancel its recess planned for next week as Congress scrambles to respond to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. “Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be in session next week,” the Kentucky Republican said in a tweet. “I am glad talks are ongoing between the …

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Senate Staffer Is First On Capitol Hill To Test Positive

The Washington Post reports: A Washington staffer for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, in what’s believed to be the first confirmed case of covid-19 on Capitol Hill, her office announced Wednesday night. “The individual has been in isolation since starting to have symptoms,” the office said in a public notice. “On the advice of …

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