Latest United States Senate News

McCormick gets Trump's endorsement in Pennsylvania's Senate race despite awkward history

Apr. 13, 2024 23:01 PM EDT

Former President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick of Pennsylvania on Saturday, urging his supporters in the state to “go out and vote for him” in one of the year’s most hotly contested Senate races. Trump's endorsement came two years after he...

Kentucky GOP lawmakers remove Democratic governor's role in filling US Senate vacancies

Apr. 12, 2024 19:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky on Friday removed the Democratic governor from any role filling future U.S. Senate vacancies — a move supporters said was unrelated to recent scrutiny about the health of the state's senior senator, Republican leader Mitch McConnell. ...

What to know about abortion in Arizona under the near-total 1864 ban

Apr. 10, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Tuesday to prepare to enforce a long-dormant law that bans nearly all abortions, drastically altering the legal landscape for terminating pregnancies in a state likely to have a key role in the presidential election. The...

Louisiana proposes bill similar to Texas’ migrant arrest law

Apr. 08, 2024 22:41 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican-controlled Senate advanced a bill Monday that would empower state and local law enforcement to arrest and jail people in the state who entered the U.S. illegally, similar to embattled legislation in Texas. Amid national fights between...

McConnell, back in Kentucky, talks about life in the Senate after leaving longtime leadership post

Apr. 08, 2024 14:24 PM EDT

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For nearly two decades, Mitch McConnell's only job uncertainty hinged on whether he'd serve as Senate majority or minority leader after the next election. With his days as Republican leader now numbered, the Kentuckian is talking more freely about his priorities once he's...

Maryland lawmakers approve $63B budget with some tax, fee increases

Apr. 05, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers gave final passage on Friday to the state's $63 billion budget legislation, which includes tax and fee increases to help pay for transportation and education, though not as much as some lawmakers wanted. The General Assembly, which is...

Maryland lawmakers reach budget deal after debate influenced by fiscal uncertainty, US Senate race

Apr. 03, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers announced an agreement on Wednesday to resolve differences over proposed tax and fee increases, settling on a far more modest approach after a $1.3 billion package was considered too high in the current economic climate, especially in an election year...

Alabama Sen. Katie Britt cites friendship with Democrats in calling for more respectful discourse

Apr. 02, 2024 17:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Katie Britt confided Tuesday that she counts some Democratic colleagues among her best friends in the Senate and said such cross-party relationships are essential to governing, especially as social media fuels widening political divisions. During a...

Republican-passed bill removes role of Democratic governor if Senate vacancy occurs in Kentucky

Mar. 28, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill stripping the state's Democratic governor of any role in picking someone to occupy a U.S. Senate seat if a vacancy occurred in the home state of 82-year-old Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The...

Mississippi Senate passes trimmed Medicaid expansion and sends bill back to the House

Mar. 28, 2024 18:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers will try to negotiate on expanding Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the U.S. after the Senate voted Thursday for a vastly different plan than one proposed by the House. The upper chamber's proposal would insure fewer people and...