Latest United States Senate News

Guide business owner appointed to Alaska House

Nov. 18, 2019 1:25 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Republican who owns his own hunting and fishing guiding business has been appointed to the Alaska Legislature. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced late Sunday night that Melvin Gillis has been selected to replace Josh Revak to an open seat for the Anchorage area in the...

Florida governor’s budget plan: Teacher pay, fewer pythons

Nov. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed a $91.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, a spending plan he says will help attract teachers to the state while getting rid of more pythons. The proposal is about $400 million over the current...

Agency says climate change imperils 60% of Superfund sites

Nov. 18, 2019 10:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In...

Drug cost legislation gets a push from White House

Nov. 18, 2019 3:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s attack on diplomat, impeachment myths

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth was lost in the first round of historic impeachment hearings as President Donald Trump launched a tweet attack on a senior U.S. diplomat that distorted reality and Republicans cried foul, claiming improper stifling of questioning that wasn’t so. Over two days, the hearings...

Reid: Iowa, NH not diverse enough to provide Dems’ guidance

Nov. 18, 2019 1:30 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Iowa and New Hampshire get to weigh in first on the Democratic presidential contest next year, but the states are not ethnically diverse enough to offer any insight into how a candidate will fare across the country, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday. “I...

Grants to curb youth substance abuse slated for Maine

Nov. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EST

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine’s two U.S. senators say federal assistance is coming to the state to help prevent substance abuse among young people. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded more than $2.1 million to 17...

Senators call for inquiry into Canada’s whale protections

Nov. 17, 2019 1:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Both of Massachusetts’ U.S. senators are calling for a federal inquiry to determine if Canada is doing enough to protect an endangered species of whale. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to examine whether...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

Land trust in Rhode Island awarded grant to help new farmers

Nov. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says a land trust in Rhode Island has been awarded $600,000 in federal funding to help beginning farmers. The Rhode Island Democrat says the Southside Community Land Trust won a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help beginning farmers access resources and...