Latest United States Senate News

Democrats move 2 bills showing strength and limits of power

Apr. 23, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were on a roll. The House voted along party lines to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, and two hours later, the Senate overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to address violence against Asian Americans. Thursday's twin...

Panel: End commanders' power to block military sex cases

Apr. 23, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members, The Associated Press has...

Panel: End commanders' power to block military sex cases

Apr. 22, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon panel is recommending that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, in what would be a major reversal of military practice and a change long sought by Congress members, The Associated Press has...

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

Apr. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber...

Bill seeking permanent daylight saving in NC clears House

Apr. 22, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An effort to stop the biannual clock adjustments in North Carolina required to comply with daylight saving time rules passed the state House on Thursday. The chamber voted 98-17 in favor of legislation that would move clocks up an hour for good in...

NC legislative leaders don't expect delays to 2022 elections

Apr. 22, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election dates for 2022 likely won't be altered despite anticipated delays in receiving data needed to perform the once-a-decade redistricting, the General Assembly's top Republicans said on Thursday. The Census Bureau isn't expected...

Texas lawmakers target sexual assault after Fort Hood death

Apr. 22, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A year after a Fort Hood soldier was slain by a fellow member of the Army, Texas lawmakers are poised to help lead the nation in the fight against sexual harassment and assault in the military. The bill proposed in memory of Spc. Vanessa Guillen...

Indiana lawmakers approve state budget, finish session

Apr. 22, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers wrapped a legislative session conducted under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday with nearly unanimous backing of a more robust state budget than they had imagined a few months ago. The Republican-written budget plan calls...

Sen. Tim Scott to deliver GOP's rebuttal to Biden address

Apr. 22, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver Republicans’ rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress next week. Scott, who is the only Black Republican in the Senate, will serve as the face of the party after Biden addresses the...

Maine: Unemployment fix soon; Collins touts hate crime bill

Apr. 22, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators said the coronavirus pandemic has provided evidence that the state's unemployment system needs to be modernized. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the federal government is...