Latest United States Senate News

Capitol Watch: Trump tax bill awaits Cuomo; Pot progress?

May. 25, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, a bill that would grant Congress access to Donald Trump's state tax returns awaits action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Meanwhile, members of the Senate are taking a look at legislation that would legalize marijuana and regulate paid gestational surrogacy....

State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...

Native veterans get another chance to receive land

May. 25, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but the 74-year-old Yup'ik leader from Southwest Alaska has done it — with help from others, he points out. Congress in...

Lawmaker hopes to name overpass for fallen Illinois trooper

May. 25, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Springfield to name a highway overpass in honor of an Illinois trooper killed in a traffic crash. The (Freeport) Journal-Standard reports that the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to name the U.S. 20 overpass the "Trooper Brooke...

Trump's orders to AG on Russia probe worry critics

May. 25, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence professionals warned Friday that President Donald Trump's decision to give his loyal attorney general carte blanche to disclose still-secret material from the Russia investigation will let William Barr cherry-pick intelligence to paint a misleading picture about what started...

Mayor, US Senate hopeful cited for leaving accident scene

May. 24, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins has been ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident after a driver reported a hit-and-run near downtown Helena earlier this week, police said Friday. Collins acknowledged that he "bumped" another vehicle Monday...

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

Online video of GOP House candidate may target super PACs

May. 24, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a sign that rich flows of untraceable money are expected to influence the election for a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant after earlier allegations of ballot fraud, a cleanly produced video of the Republican candidate has been posted online for use by supportive outside...

Trump cites Iran to bypass Congress on Saudi arms sales

May. 24, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision to use an emergency loophole in the...

US Senate confirms Michael Bailey for US Attorney in Arizona

May. 24, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Michael G. Bailey as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. Bailey's confirmation was approved Thursday by a Senate voice vote. President Donald Trump nominated the Arizona attorney to the post on Feb. 12. Bailey attended law school at the...