‘Dreamers’ left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

The Senate left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo Thursday, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House. Also defeated […]

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Bipartisan immigration pact among several Senate proposals

A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement aimed at balancing Democrats’ fight to offer citizenship to young “Dreamer” immigrants with President Donald Trump’s demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Overnight, the Trump administration denounced the deal. The compromise was announced Wednesday by 16 senators with centrist views on the issue and was winning support […]

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Big budget deal in Senate hailed as ‘genuine breakthrough’

Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid abuse. The agreement is likely to be added to a stopgap spending bill that passed […]

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The Senate will take up immigration, but will the House — and Trump — follow?

The deal that ended the government shutdown on Monday paved the way for Senate consideration of immigration legislation, but it did nothing to ensure that the House would act on such a bill — or that President Trump would sign it. That has raised fears among immigrant advocates that the shutdown-ending compromise merely sets up a repeat of what happened […]

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Senate poised to break budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen

BREAKING: Senate Democrats are expected to join with Republicans Monday to approve a short-term spending bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, according to several Senate Democrats. House GOP leaders signaled they would back the measure, likely as soon as later Monday. Democrats and some Republicans had been seeking ironclad assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of a […]

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Democratic control of Senate moves from preposterous to possible

The possibility that Democrats could win the Senate in 2018 seemed preposterous a year ago given President Trump’s stunning victory and the basic math facing a party defending three times as many seats as Republicans in November’s midterm elections. Not anymore. The debate has grown over Democrats’ chances of capturing control of the agenda and holding power over Trump’s nominations, […]

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Senate will force vote on overturning net neutrality repeal

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has mustered the 30 votes necessary to force a vote on the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced thatshe’s signed onto Markey’s request to overturn the new rules, under the Congressional Review Act — which lets Congress nullify recently passed regulations with a simple majority. Markey announced his intention to file a resolution of […]

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This is what Orrin G. Hatch’s retirement means for the Senate

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator, has announced at age 83 that he will not seek an eighth term. Analysts suggested late last year that he would be vulnerable to a primary challenge should he seek the GOP nomination for another term, and in a poll last summer an overwhelming majority of Utah voters suggested it was time for Hatch to […]

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