Latest United States Senate News

The Latest: Elation and wariness after verdict in Floyd case

Apr. 20, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd (all times local): 9 p.m. Crowds nationwide are reacting with jubilation but also with deep awareness of the progress...

Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

Apr. 20, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that "it's not enough.” ...

Many hail verdict in Floyd death, say much work remains

Apr. 20, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

The nation watched as former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin went on trial for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee, and news of his conviction on charges of murder and manslaughter rippled across the globe. Many hailed the outcome as a step toward...

Chile legislature OKs euthanasia bill, which heads to Senate

Apr. 20, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday approved a bill to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide for those over 18. It now goes to the Senate for debate. Under the legislation, which was submitted to congress by the center-left opposition in...

Democrats point to Georgia in push for new elections law

Apr. 20, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are spotlighting Georgia as they build their case for a broad overhaul of U.S. election law, arguing the new voting rules in the state are emblematic of Republican measures across the country that threaten access to the polls. A Senate...

Maine: Senators want PPP improvements; 1M shots administered

Apr. 20, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators want the Paycheck Protection Program to provide more help to seasonal small businesses. Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said Monday they are proposing a law change because some small...

Florida Republicans barrel ahead with rewriting voting rules

Apr. 20, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats, voting rights advocates and the county officials responsible for running elections in Florida appeared powerless to halt moves by Republican lawmakers Tuesday to tighten the ways in which citizens can cast ballots. As Florida gears up...

Bill ending religious vaccine exemption now heads to Senate

Apr. 20, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

A contentious bill that would end Connecticut's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022-23 school year, now awaits action in the state Senate. The legislation passed on a 90-53 vote in the Democratic-controlled...

Mondale remembered as effective policymaker, public servant

Apr. 20, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

Reaction to the death of former Vice President Walter Mondale, who died Monday in Minneapolis at age 93: “Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history. During our administration, Fritz used...

Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93

Apr. 20, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93. The death of the former senator, ambassador and...