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Jan 21 2021
On Wednesday, three Democrats were officially sworn in as Senators, giving Democrats a majority in the Senate.
The Senate is now split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris being the tie-breaking vote when needed. Procedurally, Senate Majority Leader Chick Schumer (D-N.Y.) will confer with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in coming weeks to decide how Senate business will beHuffPost The Daily Caller CNBC
Jun 22 2022
In the opening salvos of their campaign, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Rep. Val Demings zero in on crime as a central issue of this year’s U.S. Senate race.
It’s not unusual that candidates try to out-tough each other on law and order. Voters are rightly worried about public safety, their fears amplified by a steady stream of news stories about muggings and murders. And thisTallahassee Democrat
Aug 08 2022
Senate Democrats passed their massive spending package on Sunday in a party-line vote using budget reconciliation.
The so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” passed the Senate via a simple majority with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. Democrats used the budget reconciliation process, which allows a measure to pass with a simple majority rather than needing toNational Review
Jul 25 2022
Senator Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has thwarted many of Joe Biden’s most ambitious policy goals, has tested positive for Covid.
The 74-year-old senator is fully vaccinated and said on Twitter on Monday he was experiencing mild symptoms.
Manchin’s positive diagnosis comes as Biden himself is recovering from Covid-19. After four days of taking the antiviralThe Guardian
May 12 2022
Every day, it seems, brings another reminder of the severe limitations of Democrats’ illusory majority in a 50-50 Senate.
First Democratic leaders tossed Covid relief from a Ukraine aid bill at the behest of Republicans who were threatening a filibuster. Then the party entertained giving the GOP a politically volatile vote on reversing the Biden administration’s border policy. AndPolitico
Jul 15 2022
First, he killed a plan that would have forced power plants to clean up their climate-warming pollution. Then, he shattered an effort to help consumers pay for electric vehicles. And, finally, he said he could not support government incentives for solar and wind companies or any of the other provisions that the rest of his party and his president say are vital to ensure a livable planet.New York Times (News)
Jul 14 2021
Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, unveiled a plan Wednesday to federally decriminalize marijuana. The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances and create a tax system for sales of the substance; it would also allow appeals for those in prison for marijuana charges, and expunge federal nonviolentCNN (Online News) The Hill Reason
Aug 09 2021
Senate Democrats released a framework resolution for their $3.5 trillion federal budget plan on Monday, hoping to pass it by the end of the week after the Senate’s final vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The framework would be built upon by Senate committees this fall and does not include a provision to raise the debt ceiling. Democrats’ plans for the final bill include largeNew York Post (News) CNN (Online News) CNBC
Jun 22 2021
Republican senators unanimously blocked Democrats' election legislation, known as the For the People Act, on Tuesday. The bill would loosen voter ID requirements, allow registration on election day, and expand early voting dates; it passed the House in March, but fell 10 votes short of the 60 needed to pass the Senate. On Tuesday, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said ofFox News (Online News) The Hill CNN (Online News)
Jul 14 2021
On Tuesday night, Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee agreed to a budget reconciliation bill of $3.5 trillion. The bill would include an expansion of Medicare, climate change initiatives, and funding for racial justice programs.
Whether everything in the bill adheres to rules governing the reconciliation process remains to be seen as more details emerge. Senate Majority LeaderReuters Politico Washington Times