Mitch McConnell

Lawmakers announce $2T federal coronavirus response deal

BY: - March 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate leaders announced a compromise with the White House on a massive $2 trillion spending package that would send checks to Americans and provide aid to small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal was announced early Wednesday morning after days of heated negotiations on Capitol Hill. U.S. Senate Majority Leader […]

2nd major coronavirus package clears Congress, 3rd in works

BY: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support, including from both of Michigan’s U.S. senators, Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing). The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread […]

Amash votes ‘present’ on coronavirus response bill, all other Michigan reps. vote yes

BY: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill. The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession […]

‘It’s a real loss for survivors.’ Domestic violence law remains stalled in U.S. Senate.

BY: - January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — For decades, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was an issue that could transcend partisan politics on Capitol Hill.  Not anymore.  The landmark law — first passed in 1994 to protect victims of domestic crimes — funds programs like rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse.  But after […]

Trump impeachment trial gets personal in U.S. Senate

BY: - January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy.  U.S. House Democrats and Trump’s lawyers sparred for hours Tuesday over the parameters for the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, offering a preview of their substantive arguments and setting the tone for […]

U.S. House votes for Dingell bill clamping down on toxic chemicals, Trump threatens veto

BY: and - January 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. The bill’s lead sponsor was U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who called the chemicals an “urgent public health […]

Slotkin on attacks from Iran: ‘There is nothing that prepares you for the sound of incoming fire’

BY: - January 8, 2020

After the U.S. airstrike last week that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and others, Iran launched missile strikes Tuesday against two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. forces. No casualties have been reported so far at the Al Asad and Erbil bases. While President Donald Trump is expected to speak Wednesday on the strikes, the freshman […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Trump’s Iran attack is a reminder Congress has to reclaim its war-making authority

BY: - January 3, 2020

It didn’t take long for “World War III” to become a trending topic on Twitter in the hours after news broke that a drone strike by U.S. forces resulted in the death of a top Iranian military commander. Almost simultaneously, Twitterati who’d never heard of the now-late Qasem Soleimani until cable news and social media blared his […]

Dems have a plan to fight Trump on climate censorship

BY: - December 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — A freshman congressman, troubled by allegations of climate censorship by the President Trump administration, is attempting to make it harder for political appointees to scrub scientific information from government reports. U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) introduced legislation this month dubbed the “Stop Climate Censorship Act.” If enacted, it would require political appointees at […]

Lawrence, Dingell march to McConnell’s office to demand votes on equal pay, domestic violence bills

BY: - December 11, 2019

Two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), on Wednesday were among the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) members who marched to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. They hand-delivered a letter signed by 84 congresswomen demanding that the Kentucky Republican take up bipartisan legislation, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization […]

Peters, Stabenow vote against ‘junk plans,’ Senate fails to unravel anti-Obamacare Trump policy 

BY: - October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial President Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins […]

U.S. Elijah Cummings casket is brought into Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol

Elijah Cummings’ memorial brings political foes together

BY: - October 24, 2019

The nation’s political elite gathered in the U.S. Capitol Thursday to celebrate the life of Baltimore’s native son, Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. In a week otherwise marked by partisan acrimony, Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate came together to praise Cummings for his ability to bring people together in a sharply […]