Latest United States Senate News

W. Virginia senators take zip line ride at Scout Jamboree

Jul. 23, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's two U.S. senators let their adventuresome sides take over at the World Scout Jamboree. Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito took rides on adjoining zip lines Monday in southern West Virginia. About 45,000 Scouts and their leaders from around the...

Wray's testimony could be preview for Mueller hearing

Jul. 23, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray's appearance before a Senate committee could be something of a preview of the intense questioning special counsel Robert Mueller is likely to face in Congress the next day. Wray is set to testify Tuesday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is...

The Latest: McConnell promises budget vote before recess

Jul. 23, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debt and budget agreement between the White House and Congress (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the Senate will vote on the budget deal agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House before senators leave town for the...

Deal sealed on federal budget, ensuring no shutdown, default

Jul. 23, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday a critical debt and budget agreement that's an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default....

Nominations to military academies on the rise for women

Jul. 23, 2019 2:11 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The percentage of female students nominated by members of Congress for admission to U.S. service academies has been rising, but men are still put forward nearly three times as often as women, according to an analysis released Tuesday. A nomination from a federal lawmaker is required...

Former House Speaker O'Brien seeking US Senate seat

Jul. 23, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A former Republican New Hampshire House Speaker is seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. Bill O'Brien is planning to announce his candidacy Tuesday afternoon at the American Legion hall in Manchester. O'Brien would be the second Republican seeking...

Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning from Senate

Jul. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told The New Yorker magazine in a story published Monday that he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after several women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. In the same article, seven current or former senators say...

Lottery board VP interested in becoming Ole Miss chancellor

Jul. 22, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The vice chairman of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation says he's interested in becoming chancellor of the University of Mississippi. In response to reporters' questions about the Ole Miss job, Gerard Gibert of Ridgeland said Monday, "I was approached by some people that thought I...

Vice President Mike Pence campaigns in Colorado

Jul. 22, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is in Colorado to campaign for his and President Donald Trump's re-election, as well as for Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Pence arrived at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland Monday. He was scheduled to appear at a luncheon for Gardner in Aurora....

Lawmakers plan to craft compromise on restaurant work rules

Jul. 22, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers decided Monday to come up with compromise legislation this summer that addresses concerns raised by restaurant owners over wage and hour rules, forgoing a plan to override Gov. Ned Lamont's veto of a bill that would have required the state Department of Labor to...