Categories for Senate

27,251. 8/7/2019

BRETT KAVANAUGH/DEMS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @RepDougCollins: Senate Dems spent months launching false accusations in an attempt to smear #JusticeKavanaugh’s reputation & block his…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 7, 2019 1:43 pm

27,237. 8/6/2019

GOP/GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The deadly massacres over the weekend have sent Senate Republicans searching to find a robust response to help prevent future mass shootings amid loud demands that they quickly pass tougher gun control measures sought by Democrats. On a private conference call Monday [8-5-19], Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the steps ahead with three committee chairmen and Sen. John Cornyn, whose state of Texas was home to one of the shootings from the weekend. What was not considered during the roughly 15-minute call: Bringing the Senate back to session during the August recess and moving on the House-passed universal background checks bill as Democrats have demanded, according to sources familiar with the private call.”

Manu Raju, “Senate GOP scrambles to find legislative response in the wake of two deadly shootings,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 6, 2019 7:10 pm

27,056. 7/30/2019

BUDGET/GOP/MITCH MCCONNELL/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republican leaders and President Donald Trump are working to whip up support for their bipartisan, $2.7 trillion budget deal, hoping to stave off embarrassing defections ahead of a vote that’s splitting the party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Whip John Thune are trying to win over undecided rank-and-file senators to avoid a replay of last week’s effort in the House, when roughly two-thirds of House Republicans opposed the deal, according to multiple senators and aides. Trump is ‘strategically’ making calls to on-the-fence members, Thune said. McConnell delivered a firm message to his caucus on Tuesday during lunch at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, warning them they cannot leave town until the budget and looming debt ceiling deadline has been addressed, according to three sources familiar with the meeting. McConnell also said the chamber will not recess without passing something.”

Burgess Everett, John Bresnahan and Sarah Ferris, “Fearing defections, Trump and McConnell crank up pressure on budget vote,” Politico, July 30, 2019 4:51 pm

27,044. 7/30/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @CraigCaplan: Senate failed in three separate attempts to override President Trump’s vetoes of resolutions blocking US arms sales to Sau…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 30, 2019 11:16 am

27,034. 7/30/2019

INFRASTRUCTURE/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate is working hard on America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act. Will have BIG IMPACT on our highways and roads all across our Nation. Interest strong from Republicans and Democrats. Do I hear the beautiful word, BIPARTISAN? Get it done. I am with you!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 30, 2019 7:15 am

26,926. 7/25/2019

CYBERWAR/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday [7-25-19] released a wide-ranging report that detailed Russia’s attempts to hack US election infrastructure during the 2016 election, urging states and the federal government to do more to prevent election cyberattacks in the future. The report included a host of recommendations to both the federal and state governments, including the use of paper ballots to provide a paper trail for votes and better communication between state governments and the Department of Homeland Security. Thursday’s release comes as Senate Democrats continue to slam their Republican colleagues and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for preventing a vote on several pieces of election security legislation. Republicans in the Senate have twice in 24 hours blocked the advancement of bills aimed at strengthening election security just hours after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned of the continued threat that foreign powers interfering in US elections.”

Jeremy Herb, Zachary Cohen and Kevin Collier, “Senate report warns of ongoing election threat as Republicans block security bills,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 25, 2019 7:15 pm

26,922. 7/25/2019

MILITARY/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate Thursday [7-25-19] overwhelmingly voted 89 to 1 to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. Milley is currently serving as chief of staff of the Army…The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the President. The lone dissenting senator was Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon. A spokesman for Merkley told CNN that the senator ‘was concerned by Gen. Milley’s stated support for building up the US’s nuclear arsenal and deployments’ and ‘voted no accordingly.’ The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out the remainder of his term which will finish at the end of September…Trump took the unusual step of announcing his pick to replace Dunford on Twitter back in December, nearly a year before the end of his term.”

Ryan Browne, “Senate confirms Gen. Mark Milley as next chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 25, 2019 5:09 pm

26,845. 7/23/2019

DEFENSE/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Mark T. Esper as secretary of defense on Tuesday [7-23-19], ending the longest period by far that the Pentagon had been without a permanent leader. Mr. Esper, an Army infantryman who fought in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 before becoming a lobbyist for the military contractor Raytheon, replaces Jim Mattis, who resigned in December during a dispute over pulling American troops out of Syria. In receiving the lopsided 90-to-8 Senate nod, Mr. Esper succeeded where Patrick M. Shanahan, President Trump’s original pick to replace Mr. Mattis, did not; Mr. Shanahan abruptly resigned last month, before his Senate confirmation hearing was even scheduled, after news reports revealed details of his 2011 divorce. Mr. Esper, 55, now takes control of the country’s 1.2 million active-duty troops and one of the largest militaries in the world as the Trump administration is wrestling with the results of its so-called maximum pressure campaign of economic sanctions on Iran, which has prodded the two adversaries closer to military confrontation.”

Helene Cooper, “Mark Esper Confirmed as Trump’s Defense Secretary,” The New York Times online, July 23, 2019 

26,684. 7/18/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran’s foreign minister said on Thursday [7-18-19] that he was willing to meet with American senators to discuss possible ways out of the nuclear crisis with the Trump administration and, for the first time, floated an opening bid of modest steps that Tehran would be willing to take in return for simultaneous lifting of sanctions President Trump reimposed last year. The American-educated foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, would not say whether he was planning to meet Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who has proposed himself as a quiet emissary to Iran from the Trump administration. Mr. Zarif, meeting with a group of about 15 reporters at the Iranian mission to the United Nations, one of only three buildings where he is allowed to be while in the United States, was coy about whether he planned to meet with Mr. Paul but said, ‘I am seeing people from Congress.’”

-David E. Sanger, “Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Modest Deal to End Impasse With U.S.,” The New York Times online, July 18, 2019

26,677. 7/18/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congress and the White House are moving toward an ambitious budget deal, but the big question still remains: What will President Donald Trump do? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican senators are pushing Trump to accept an agreement with Democrats that would avoid stiff budget cuts, steer clear of a potential default and provide a huge measure of certainty through the presidential campaign. Trump has been warm to the proposal as it’s taken shape, according to multiple senators who have spoken with him in recent days. But GOP backers of a deal fear a last-ditch push from hard-line conservatives inside the administration and Congress to reject any bipartisan compromise. So as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin close in on a deal that would keep shutdowns and credit scares off the table, Senate Republicans aren’t taking any chances — particularly after the longest shutdown in U.S. history occurred just six months ago.”

Burgess Everett, John Bresnahan and Gabby Orr, “Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget deal,” Politico, July 18, 2019 5:03 am

26,669. 7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday [7-17-19] to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised a veto. Nearly a month after the Senate supported 22 resolutions disapproving of Trump’s plan for billions of dollars in weapons sales despite Congress’ objections, the House passed three of the 22, two on a vote of 238-190 and the third by a 237-190 margin, largely along party lines. The three resolutions would block the sale of Raytheon Co precision-guided munitions and related equipment to the two countries. The House’s Democratic leaders opted to take up those three before the others because the PGMs could be delivered quickly, aides said. Some lawmakers also suspect that the PGMs have been used against civilians in Yemen’s civil war Many members of Congress, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been frustrated by what they see as Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia.”

Patricia Zengerle, “House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto,” Reuters, July 17, 2019 4:12 pm

26,550. 7/13/2019

ELECTION/RUSSIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @senatemajldr: It’s a fact: The Trump administration, hand-in-hand with the Senate has punched back hard at Russian election interferenc…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:48 am

26,405. 7/10/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s latest pair of hopefuls for the Federal Reserve board don’t have the same baggage as Stephen Moore and Herman Cain. And that might be just enough to get them confirmed. After Cain and Moore’s Fed prospects both ended in spectacular failure, Trump’s choices of Christopher Waller and Judy Shelton are being viewed as significant improvements despite Shelton’s support for the gold standard and shifting positions on interest rates. And so Republicans are optimistic about the nominations even as they caution that confirmation could be several months away given the vetting the Senate is expected to do…Republicans who had panned Moore’s comments demeaning women or Cain’s history in politics and sexual harassment allegations against him said they were far more comfortable with Waller, a research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Shelton, a Senate-confirmed economist in the Trump administration. By contrast, Moore and Cain were tagged as political nominees who also had personal issues that derailed their bids.”

Burgess Everett and Mariane Levine, “Trump may avoid another Fed fiasco in Senate,” Politico, July 10, 2019 5:08 am

26,392. 7/9/2019

GOP/LABOR/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are moving quickly to back up beleaguered Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. But pressure is rising from other corners of the White House, with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney privately urging the president to dismiss him. Mulvaney told Trump on Monday [7-8-19] that the continuing drip of damaging information surrounding the 2008 agreement Acosta struck to keep billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein from a heavy jail sentence would hurt the administration, according to two people familiar with the conversation. Mulvaney also may be seizing on an opportunity to try to depose a frequent antagonist who has frustrated some conservatives in the White House and business leaders on the outside. Acosta critics, including Mulvaney, have argued that he has not been aggressive enough in stamping out Obama-era workplace regulations and employment discrimination lawsuits, and they are using the Epstein lawsuit to push him out the door.”

-Eliana Johnson and Burgess Everett, “Mulvaney presses Trump to dump Acosta amid mounting outrage,” Politico, July 9, 2019 6:44 pm

26,172. 7/1/2019

DEMS/HUD/RACISM/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Senate Democrats are calling for Housing Secretary Ben Carson to justify his hiring of a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official who resigned this year after the disclosure of racially provocative comments he made spanning more than a decade. Last month, White House officials placed Eric Blankenstein, a former policy supervisor at the bureau who had been responsible for enforcing the country’s fair lending laws, in a relatively low-profile position in the general counsel’s office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was to work on issues related to Ginnie Mae, a government corporation that guarantees mortgage-backed securities. But his hiring has infuriated Democrats…Mr. Blankenstein resigned in May after blog posts he wrote in 2004 as a University of Virginia law student surfaced in which he repeatedly used a racial slur. In a more recent exchange, he argued that the movement to deny that President Barack Obama was born in the United States was not racist.”

Lola Fadulu and Glenn Thrush, “Democrats Angered by HUD’s Hiring of Trump Aide Who Quit After Racist Posts,” The New York Times online, July 1, 2019

26,120. 6/28/2019

IRAN/MILITARY/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate on Friday [6-28-19] voted down a bipartisan measure that would have required President Trump to get Congress’s permission before striking Iran, after Republicans balked at infringing on the president’s war-making powers at a time of escalating tensions with the Islamic republic. Mr. Trump has said he has the power to launch a military strike against Iran without Congress’s permission, and in effect, the Senate agreed…The Iran measure highlighted growing unease after years of Congress ceding its constitutionally granted war powers to the presidency — but that discomfort has not reached anything like critical mass. The measure, which needed 60 votes to pass, failed 50 to 40 on Friday afternoon, despite Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, all Republicans, breaking ranks to join Democrats who voted in favor.”

Catie Edmondson and Nicholas Fandos, “Senate Rejects Curb on Trump’s Authority to Strike Iran,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

26,056. 6/26/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday [6-26-19] passed a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant crisis at the southern border, setting up a clash with House Democrats, who have passed a different version of similar legislation. Republican Senate leaders have said they won’t negotiate with House Democrats over differences in their chambers’ emergency funding bills for the border, essentially daring the House to take or leave the Senate bill, which has bipartisan backing and the expected support of President Donald Trump. The Senate vote was 84-8 and came after an emotional debate highlighted Wednesday morning by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s display of a blown-up image on the Senate floor depicting a shocking photo of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. It’s unclear whether the Senate and House can reconcile their bills before Congress breaks for a week-long recess later this week.

Kate Sullivan, Ted Barrett and Lauren Fox, “Senate, House headed for confrontation over border funding bill,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 26, 2019 8:48 am

26,036. 6/26/2019

EDUCATION/IVANKA/SENATE: “RT @IvankaTrump: Great keynoting the Senate’s weekly policy lunch and discussing workforce development policy, Higher Ed Act reauthorizatio…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 5:45 am

25,893. 6/20/2019

ELECTION/GOP/SENATE/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roy S. Moore, the polarizing Alabama Republican who lost a Senate campaign in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct, said on Thursday that he would seek a rematch in next year’s election. His decision was an unsurprising act of defiance against many of his party’s national leaders, including President Trump, who recently publicly warned him away from another Senate bid. Republican officials fear that if Mr. Moore were to win the party’s nomination in March, he would jeopardize their prospects of defeating the Democratic incumbent, Senator Doug Jones, and of recapturing a seat they had long controlled with ease…In a warm ballroom with a piano and a pair of ornate staircases, Mr. Moore detailed his grievances against Republican officials in Washington, predicting that the campaign arm of Senate Republicans would run ‘a smear campaign’ against him. The go-it-alone tone of Mr. Moore’s news conference was familiar, a 2019 edition of his past campaigns.”

Alan Blinder, “Roy Moore to Run for Alabama Senate Seat Again,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,892. 6/20/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday [6-20-19], in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran. In three back-to-back votes, Republicans joined Democrats to register their growing anger with the administration’s use of emergency power to cut lawmakers out of national security decisions, as well as the White House’s unflagging support for the Saudis despite congressional pressure to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the killing in October of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A United Nations report released Wednesday [6-19-19] made the most authoritative case to date that responsibility for the killing and its cover-up lies at the highest levels of the Saudi royal court. No other foreign policy issue has created as large a rift between President Trump and Congress, and the vote to block the arms sales deepens the divide.”

Catie Edmondson, “Senate Votes to Block Trump’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,879. 6/19/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/IRAN/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate has agreed to vote Thursday [6-20-19] on blocking President Donald Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out an agreement on the Senate floor Wednesday for senators to vote on 22 resolutions to terminate a series of weapons sales rolled out last month. Lawmakers were incensed by the administration’s announcement that it is using emergency powers to bypass Congress for $8.1 billion in weapons sales — including munitions, aircraft parts and other supplies. The sales, the administration said, are aimed at helping the countries defense themselves against Iran. Lawmakers in both parties have also sought to block arms sales over Saudi and UAE intervention in Yemen’s civil war and the Saudis’ killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But the legislation likely won’t gain enough votes to overcome Trump’s veto.”

Conner O’Brien, “Senate to vote on blocking Trump’s Saudi, UAE arms sales,” Politico, June 19, 2019 7:16 pm

25,773. 6/15/2019

SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 7:51 am

25,683. 6/13/2019

FBI/INTELLIGENCE/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When Senator @MarkWarnerVA spoke at length, and in great detail, about extremely negative information on me, with a talented entertainer purporting to be a Russian Operative, did he immediately call the FBI? NO, in fact he didn’t even tell the Senate Intelligence Committee of….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 13, 2019 8:37 am

25,638. 6/12/2019

2016 ELECTION/DONALD JR/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators on Wednesday [6-12-19] that he did not inform his father at the time about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton and that he was not kept abreast of negotiations over a proposed real estate project in Moscow, a person familiar with his testimony said. The younger Mr. Trump, in roughly three hours of closed-door questioning in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that he had nothing to correct from past statements that he had given that panel and other congressional bodies — despite claims by former Trump aides to the contrary. Questioning appeared to focus on two of the most scrutinized issues of the 2016 presidential campaign: a meeting in Trump Tower in Manhattan between top Trump campaign officials and a Russian emissary, and the extensive efforts of the Trump Organization to secure a major development in Moscow even as Donald J. Trump was running for president.”

Nicholas Fandos and Maggie Haberman, “Donald Trump Jr. Tells Senate Panel He Hasn’t Lied,” The New York Times online, June 12, 2019

25,617. 6/11/2019

DONALD JR/INTELLIGENCE/INVESTIGATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump Jr. will be interviewed behind closed doors with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday [6-12-19], according to a source familiar with the matter. Trump Jr.’s meeting comes after Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) issued a subpoena to compel him to appear before the panel, following up on his previous testimony to the committee. Trump Jr. reached an agreement with the Senate Intelligence Committee to be interviewed for up to four hours, with questions limited to five or six topics. CNN first reported that Trump Jr. would appear before the committee. The subpoena prompted a backlash from Senate Republicans, who blasted Burr for demanding the president’s oldest son appear before the committee after the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

Marianne Levine, “Trump Jr. to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday,” Politico, June 11, 2019 4:24 pm