Congress

Bipartisan Senate group revives coronavirus relief talks

On Monday, both McConnell and Schumer said they want additional Covid relief. “There’s no reason, none, why we should not deliver another major pandemic relief package,” the Kentucky Republican said. “We need a true bipartisan bill, not ‘this is our bill, take it or leave it’ that can bring us together,” Schumer said. A number […]

Congress

McConnell suspends in-person GOP lunches

A Senate leadership aide familiar with the planning noted that no coronavirus cases have been linked to the GOP lunches or to floor activity. The Senate will continue to vote in person and maintain precautions like keeping the doors open to the chamber, holding votes open for a longer period of time and encouraging members […]

Congress

Democrats jockey for leadership posts after election drubbing

The real action to watch is down ballot, with a small number of contested elections that will be decided this week and later this month — and will offer a window into the direction of a caucus already trying to position itself for the post-Pelosi era nearly two decades after the California Democrat ascended to […]

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Graham says he also spoke to officials in Arizona, Nevada about election

The initial remarks from Graham, chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, provoked some confusion after Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs tweeted that she and the senator had not spoken. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske released a similar statement saying she had not spoken to Graham “or any other members of Congress regarding […]

Congress

Chuck Grassley tests positive for coronavirus

Grassley, the Senate’s president pro tempore, is third in the line of succession for the presidency, after Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Grassley joins Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in testing positive for the virus. Meanwhile, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Bob Casey […]

Congress

Pelosi suggests she’ll serve her last term as speaker

“I consider this a gift, and I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden and preparing us into our transition into the future.” Pelosi ran unopposed and needed only a simple majority of the Democratic Caucus during the secret ballot vote. But she’ll still have to clinch 218 votes on the House floor in […]

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More Senate Republicans call for transition to begin

Capito, who just won re-election in West Virginia, said that while Trump has the right to pursue legal challenges, “at some point, the 2020 election must end.” She added that “the window for legal challenges and recounts is rapidly closing” and that the Biden team should receive the necessary briefings “to facilitate a smooth transfer […]

Defense

Flournoy gets progressive boost in Biden’s search for Pentagon chief

“I would love to see her nominated for Secretary of Defense,” he added. Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, also received an endorsement from a collection of former senior defense officials, diplomats and arms control experts who lauded her support for international treaties and other efforts to reduce the number and role of […]