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Senate passes COVID-19 stimulus bill

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/06/21, 03:56 pm

Senators buried their faces in their hands and dozed at their desks during an all-night session that finally ended midday Saturday with the passage of an economic relief package. All 50 Democrats voted for the $1.9 trillion bill. Vice President Kamala Harris did not have to break a tie because one Republican, Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, missed the vote, making the final count 50-49.

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FBI chief testifies about Capitol attack

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/02/21, 06:10 pm

Director Chris Wray said the January riot at the U.S. Capitol was “criminal behavior, plain and simple. And it’s behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism.” Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he also argued against claims by U.S. Capitol Police officials that the FBI did not warn them about threats to the building.

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Senate parliamentarian rejects minimum wage maneuver

by Tim Lamer
Posted 2/26/21, 08:11 am

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough dealt a likely fatal blow to Democratic hopes for passing a $15 minimum wage this year. On Thursday, MacDonough ruled Senate Democrats may not use the budget reconciliation process to pass the increase in the minimum wage.

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