Latest United States Senate News

Cunningham: Voters led him to switch to US Senate campaign

Jun. 17, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state senator is switching races, announcing Monday that he's joined the Democratic effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, whose seat would be a major pickup for Democrats trying to win back a Senate majority. Cal Cunningham, a familiar name in state...

Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill

Jun. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is wading into a budget-season fight in Pennsylvania and asking Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf not to veto legislation to substantially expand state taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools. Toomey wrote to Wolf on Monday, saying...

The Latest: Macron 'regrets' Iran might break nuclear deal

Jun. 17, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 9:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says he "regrets" Iran's announcement that it could break the uranium stockpile limit set by the nuclear deal with Iran and...

Senators push for hearing on Chaco protection legislation

Jun. 16, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a Senate hearing on legislation that would withdraw federal holdings from oil and gas development around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The legislation was reintroduced earlier this year as environmentalists...

Rhode Island congressmen to meet with business leaders

Jun. 16, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island congressmen are meeting with business and community leaders to discuss issues facing the local business community and current events in Washington. The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast with Rhode Island's Congressional delegation on Monday at...

Federal grant awarded to plan for Amtrak stop at the airport

Jun. 16, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received a $2.8 million federal grant to boost efforts to bring an Amtrak stop to the state's main airport. The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant was announced by U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin...

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Rep. Pressley: Bill would ease access to birth control pills

Jun. 15, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is working with other Democratic members of Congress to push legislation aimed at making it easier and less expensive to obtain birth control pills. The legislation would require insurance companies to cover any oral contraception approved by the Food and Drug...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

Jun. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala...