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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: US 'going in wrong direction' in coronavirus outbreak

Jun. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen. With about 40,000 new cases being...

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and other House Democrats spaced for social distancing, speaks during a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020, ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Once again, Congress unable to act during national trauma

Jun. 27, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a moment, Congress had a chance to act on a policing overhaul, mobilized by a national trauma and overwhelming public support. Those efforts have stalled now and seem unlikely to be revived in an election year. It’s latest example of how partisanship and polarization on...

FILE — In this June 8, 2020, file photo, Sen. Edward Markey, left, D-Mass., and challenger Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., participate in a televised debate ahead of the Democratic primary, in East Providence, R.I. During the coronavirus pandemic, Markey missed 34 of 42 Senate votes in May and the first half of June, or about 80 percent, according to information from GovTrack, an independent clearinghouse for congressional data. (Jessica Bradley/WPRI-TV via AP, Pool, File)

Where's Markey? Senator misses dozens of votes in pandemic

Jun. 25, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When the U.S. Senate gathered to debate a major, bipartisan bill aimed at spending nearly $3 billion on conservation projects last week, just two senators failed to cast votes. One was Sen. Edward Markey, who is locked in a tough re-election primary battl e against a fellow Democrat —...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, emigrant Peak is seen rising above the Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. Lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Senate approves $2.8B plan to boost conservation, parks

Jun. 17, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands, a measure supporters say would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a...

Members of the Illinois National Guard work with the public at the state's new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility at Rolling Meadows High School Friday, May 22, 20202 in Rolling Meadows, Ill. The test is self-administered by the person being tested, and the test kits are passed through the partially-opened car window. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

Federal coronavirus testing plan puts burden on states

May. 25, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, drew harsh criticism Monday from...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Standing behind McConnell is Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate votes to renew federal surveillance powers

May. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation that would extend a set of expired federal surveillance tools designed to help law enforcement officials track suspected terrorists and spies, moving one step closer to reviving them. The legislation passed the Senate 80-16 on Thursday. The bill is a...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Standing behind McConnell is Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate narrowly rejects new limits on internet surveillance

May. 13, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate came one vote short Wednesday of approving a proposal to prevent federal law enforcement from obtaining internet browsing information or search history without seeking a warrant. The bipartisan amendment won a solid majority of the Senate but just shy of the 60 votes needed...

Senators listen as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks remotely during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Fauci warns: More death, econ damage if US reopens too fast

May. 12, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert issued a blunt warning Tuesday that cities and states could “turn back the clock” and see more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage alike if they lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders too fast -- a sharp contrast as...

Senators listen as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks remotely during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Seated from left are Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., center, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

Romney takes swipe at Trump administration virus response

May. 12, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on the coronavirus pandemic (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is taking a swipe at the Trump administration’s pandemic response, and also questioning President Donald...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the new coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington. A Senate hearing on reopening workplaces and schools safely is turning into a teaching moment on the fickle nature of the coronavirus outbreak. Senior health officials, including Fauci, scheduled to testify in person before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Tuesday, May 12 will instead appear via video link.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Fauci warns of 'suffering and death' if US reopens too soon

May. 12, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, is warning Congress that if the country reopens too soon during the coronavirus pandemic, it will result in “needless suffering and death.” Fauci is among the health experts testifying to a Senate panel. His...