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US shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other
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  Recriminations have begun over the failure of the US Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services


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December 2017 ... more > Top ^
2017 Dec.7   Senator Al Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct claims  Democratic Senator and ex-comedian Al Franken has said he plans to quit 'in the coming weeks' after string of sexual harassment allegations

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2017 Nov.4   US senator Rand Paul assaulted at home in Kentucky  US Senator Rand Paul has been assaulted at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, police and his office say

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2017 Oct.24   Republican senator quits with attack on Donald Trump  Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says he will not seek re-election, delivering a fierce attack on President Donald Trump

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2017 Jul.27   Russia sanctions: Trump's hand forced by Senate vote  The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite objections from the White House 2017 Jul.25   Obamacare: US senators vote in favour of debating repeal  The Senate has voted to start debating a new Republican healthcare bill in a major step forward for Trump's attempts to repeal Obamacare 2017 Jul.24   Trump plea for unity on showdown healthcare vote  US President Donald Trump has issued a challenge to Republican senators to rally behind their healthcare bill, on the eve of a crucial vote 2017 Jul.19       Trump's son and aides to testify in Senate about Russia  Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafortare to testify before committees investigating alleged meddling in the 2016 election   John McCain has brain cancer, his office says  Veteran US Republican Senator has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is reviewing treatment options, according to his office 2017 Jul.17     Republicans oppose healthcare to leave party without majority  2 more Rep. senators have said they oppose their party's replacement for Obamacare, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form

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2017 Jun.21   US official: Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election  Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her testimony before a Senate panel 2017 Jun.13     Jeff Sessions denies secret meeting with Russia envoy
  US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has denied during a Congress hearing having undisclosed meetings with Russian officials at a Washington hotel 2017 Jun.8       Comey: Trump White House 'lied' about the FBI
  Ex-FBI chief James Comey told Congress that the Trump administration's comments about him and the FBI were 'lies plain and simple'
2017 Jun.7   Comey to testify Trump told him: 'I expect loyalty'  Ex-FBI chief James Comey will tell Congress on Thursday President Donald Trump wanted a 'patronage relationship' and asked for his 'loyalty'

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2017 May.10   Documents sought from ex-Trump advisor over Russia inquiry  A US Senate panel investigating Russian interference in last year's election has issued a formal demand for documents from Michael Flynn 2017 May.5   Senate Republicans doubtful of American Health Care Act  Republican senators are sounding sceptical of an Obamacare replacement passed by members of their own party in the House of Representatives

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2017 Feb.8   Senate confirms Trump attorney general pick Jeff Sessions  The US Senate has confirmed President Trump's nomination for attorney general, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, by a vote of 52 to 47

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2017 Jan.23       Rex Tillerson: Trump foreign affairs pick narrowly backed
  The Foreign Relations Senate Committee has narrowly approved Tillerson as secretary of state, despite concerns about his business ties to Russia

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2016 Oct.30       Clinton emails: FBI chief may have broken law
  The Democratic leader in the Senate says James Comey may have broken the law by revealing the bureau was investigating emails possibly linked to Hillary

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2015 Jun.2   US Senate votes to curtail bulk data collection  The US Senate has voted to limit the government's ability to collect phone data, a policy that had been in place since the attacks of September 11 2015 May.31     US surveillance powers expire as Senate deal fails
  US anti-terror provisions that allow security services to bulk collect phone data have expired after the Senate failed to reach a deal   US Senate in urgent surveillance debate as deadline looms  The Senate is to hold an urgent session to consider extending key provisions of the Patriot Act on domestic surveillance, which expires at midnight

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2014 Dec.9     CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations   The CIA carried out 'brutal' interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said 2014 Nov.18   US Senate narrowly fails to pass Keystone XL pipeline bill  The Senate has narrowly failed to pass a bill approving the controversial oil pipeline. The Senate voted by 59-41 in favour of the bill 2014 Nov.5   US leaders pledge to work together  The Senate's new Republican leader and President Obama have both promised to end the political gridlock that has so frustrated voters 2014 Nov.4     Republicans win control of US Senate   The Republican Party has won control of the Senate in the mid-term elections, increasing its power in the final two years of Obama's presidency   Republicans make early Senate gains  The Republican Party is making early gains in the US Senate, where they need just six seats to take control of the chamber 2014 Nov.3   Millions to vote in US mid-term poll  Americans are preparing to vote in mid-term elections which will decide who controls the Senate and pave the way for the race for the White House 2014 Jun.11   Chuck Hagel defends Bowe Bergdahl swap  US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the Obama administration's swap of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees 2014 Jan.6   Yellen confirmed as next Fed chair  The US Senate has confirmed Janet Yellen as the next head of the US Federal Reserve. 56 senators voted in favour of Ms Yellen with 26 opposed

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2013 Nov.4   US Senate backs 'Enda' gay rights bill  A bill banning workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people has passed a critical test of support 2013 Oct.16     Senate passes US budget deal
  The US Senate has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risks default
  US Congress races to draft debt plan  The US Senate is finalising a cross-party bill to raise the debt limit and reopen the government, just a day before a critical deadline 2013 Oct.15   US debt talks grind on amid disarray  Frantic US political attempts to avert a federal debt default have pivoted back to the Senate after plans in the House of Representatives collapsed 2013 Oct.14   US lawmakers inch to fiscal deal  US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous default 2013 Oct.12   US shutdown debate shifts to Senate  Negotiations over how to end a political stalemate in Washington that has led to a partial government shutdown have shifted to the Senate 2013 Sep.28   Senate to reject House funding bill  US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has warned that his Democratic-led chamber will reject a House Republican bill to avert a government shutdown 2013 Sep.25   Senator in second day of health law speech  Ted Cruz is in the second day of a speech against the Obamacare, despite opposition from fellow Republicans 2013 Aug.5   Talks gather pace as US senators arrive  US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined top diplomats in Cairo to help find a peaceful solution to Egypt's political stalemate 2013 Jun.27     US Senate passes immigration reform
  The http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23092179Senate has passed a broad immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants 2013 Jun.13   NSA chief in rare Senate briefing  Keith Alexander has promised to give the entire Senate a classified briefing later about dozens of terror plots he says were thwarted by surveillance 2013 Jun.12   US spy data 'prevented attacks'  In a US Senate hearing, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander defended the internet and telephone data snooping programmes 2013 Jun.10   US Senate to begin immigration votes  The US Senate is set to hold the first votes on immigration reform, starting a multi-week fight to finalise the bill 2013 May.21   US immigration bill passes hurdle  A sweeping immigration bill that would offer a chance of citizenship to millions living in the US illegally has taken a stride forward in Congress 2013 Apr.16   'Ricin' in letter to US senator  A letter that has tested positive for the lethal toxin ricin or another poisonous substance has been posted to a senator, Senate Majority Leader has said 2013 Apr.10   Bipartisan deal on US gun checks  Two senators have brokered a bipartisan deal to expand background checks on gun buyers, boosting White House hopes for a firearms control law 2013 Apr.9   Senate to vote on gun control bill  The Senate is set to hold a crunch vote on Thursday on whether to debate a gun control law, as a conservative blockade of the bill began to splinter 2013 Mar.19   US assault weapons ban plan dropped  US lawmakers will ditch a plan to ban assault weapons, all but killing off a key part of a gun control campaign prompted by a recent school massacre 2013 Mar.14   JP Morgan accused of hiding losses  US bank JPMorgan Chase has been accused of hiding its huge trading losses by a US Senate panel 2013 Feb.26     Hagel confirmed as defence secretary  The Senate has confirmed former Senator Chuck Hagel as the new Pentagon chief, after 4 Republicans joined Democrats to approve his nomination 2013 Feb.14   Republicans halt Hagel Pentagon vote  Republican senators have delayed a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for US secretary of defense 2013 Feb.12   Senate committee approves Hagel bid  A US Senate committee has approved the nomination of ex-Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be President Barack Obama's secretary of defence 2013 Jan.31   Pentagon nominee in testy hearing  Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has sought to allay concerns that he is anti-Israel and soft on Iran, at a testy confirmation hearing 2013 Jan.29   Kerry approved as US secretary of state  US Senate has approved Senator John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state, after he was backed unanimously by the foreign relations committee 2013 Jan.28   US senators plan immigration reform  A bipartisan group of senators is to propose an overhaul of the immigration system, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

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2012 Dec.31       US Senate approves key tax deal   The US Senate has approved a deal to avert tax hikes and spending cuts known as the 'fiscal cliff'   US 'fiscal cliff' talks go to wire  US Congressional leaders are reported to have made some progress in talks to stop steep tax rises and spending cuts   Report blames poor security in Benghazi attack  Terrorists 'essentially walked right into the Benghazi compound unimpeded and set it ablaze,' a special Senate report on the September 11 attack 2012 Dec.27       Senate leader Harry Reid voices fiscal cliff fear   The US appears to be heading over the 'fiscal cliff', with prospects dim for a deal to avoid tax rises and spending cuts, the US Senate leader says 2012 Dec.20   Bin Laden film attacked over torture  A new film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is 'inaccurate' for suggesting torture helped lead to his discovery 2012 Dec.17   School killings spark gun debate  Two pro-gun US senators have called for changes to firearm laws, as the first victims of the Newtown school shootings were buried in Connecticut 2012 Jun.13   JP Morgan boss sorry for losses  JP Morgan Chase chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon has apologised for the bank's $2bn losses on high-risk trades 2012 May.23   Secret Service scandal in hearing  A senator will challenge claims the sex scandal in Colombia was an isolated incident, at the first congressional hearing into the affair

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2011 Dec.17   US Senate passes key funding bill  The US Senate has passed a spending bill worth nearly $1tn, averting an impending shutdown of federal government services 2011 Aug.2   US debt-limit bill heads to Senate  The Senate is to vote on a bill to raise the nation's debt limit, one day after the House of Reps backed it and hours before a deadline 2011 Jul.30   US Senate in intense debt debate  The Democrat-led US Senate is holding an intense debate on its plan to raise the nation's debt limit   Senate facing crucial debt vote  The Democrat-controlled Senate is seeking a vote on its plan to raise the nation's $14.3tn debt limit 2011 Jul.12   US senator requests hacking probe  Committee Chairman Rockefeller has called for an investigation into whether reported hacking by News Corporation targeted any US citizens

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2010 Dec.22   Obama hails nuclear treaty vote  The US president has welcomed the US Senate's ratification of a much-delayed nuclear arms treaty with Russia 2010 Dec.18   US soldier gay ban set for repeal  The Senate has taken a key step towards allowing gay people to serve openly in the military 2010 Nov.2     Republicans win House, Dems keep Senate
  US Republicans have ridden a wave of economic discontent to capture the House but President Obama's party has kept the Senate
 GOP has picked up nine governorships from Democrats. Republicans took six Senate seats from the Democrats but they fell short of victory. John Boehner is the likely new House Speaker
2010 Sep.21   Bid to repeal US gay ban falters  The senators have rejected attempts to open a debate on a bill which allowing the repeal of the ban on openly gay military personnel 2010 Jul.15   US financial reform passed by Senate  The Senate has given final approval to the biggest overhaul of American financial regulation in decades 2010 May.20   Senate approves reforms of Wall Street  The US Senate has passed a bill providing the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the 1930s 2010 May.10   Oil firms 'set for Senate clash'  Firms in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster are set to present conflicting claims at the first US Senate hearing 2010 Apr.28   Republicans allow financial reform debate  Republicans in the Senate have dropped their objection to a debate on the most significant reforms to financial regulations since the 1930s 2010 Apr.27   Goldman Sachs' under fire at hearing  Chief executive Lloyd Blankfein has denied his bank contributed to the US financial crisis by betting some of its own investment products would fail 2010 Jan.19     Republicans win key US Senate election  Republican Scott Brown has won the race for the Senate seat in the state of Massachusetts left vacant by Edward Kennedy's death

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2009 Dec.24     Senate passes healthcare reform bill   The bill aims to cover 31 million uninsured Americans and could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades
 The bill was adopted by 60 votes to 39, with senators voting along party lines. President Obama is saying it was the most important piece of social legislation since the 1930s. The bill must still be reconciled with more expansive legislation passed by the House of Representatives
2009 Dec.8   McChrystal: Next 18 months 'critical'  Top U.S. commander: Finding Osama bin Laden and rolling back Taliban are necessary steps toward winning the war in Afghanistan 2009 Nov.21   Healthcare bill passes first Senate hurdle  The Senate has narrowly voted,60 votes to 39, to hold a full debate on a bill designed to overhaul the country's healthcare provision 2009 Oct.13     Senate panel passes health bill   A Senate committee has approved a bill to reform healthcare, a key step in President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul the system 2009 Aug.25     Senator Edward Kennedy, 77, dies
  The Democratic Massachusetts senator, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy, has died after battling a brain tumour
 Edward Kennedy became a member of the Senate in 1962 to replace his brother when he resigned to become president, and was re-elected 7 times
2009 May.20   Guantanamo detainee move blocked  The Senate has overwhelmingly rejected plans to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, and refused funding to close down the prison camp 2009 Feb.12   Another Obama cabinet pick quits  Republican Senator Judd Gregg is withdrawing as President's nominee for commerce secretary because of differences with the administration 2009 Feb.6   US senators agree economy bill  Senators say they have reached agreement on a huge $780bn economic stimulus package designed to revitalise the US economy 2009 Feb.4   Senate eases 'trade war' bill  The Senate has voted to soften a controversial 'Buy American' clause in an economic recovery package, after warnings it might spark a trade war

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2008 Dec.11   US car bail-out fails in Senate  A $14bn bail-out package for the beleaguered US car industry has died after failing to get enough support in a procedural vote 2008 Oct.1   Senate backs new bail-out bill  The Senate, 74 to 25, has approved a new version of a $700bn rescue plan for the troubled US financial system
 Senators voted in favour of the emergency legislation to stabilise volatile markets and limit further damage to the economy. The plan included an increase in the level of government insurance for bank deposits and a targeted tax breaks. McCain returned from the campaign trail for the vote
  Senate urged to back crisis bill  Democratic and Republican Senate leaders have appealed for a new version of a $700bn Wall Street bail-out to be approved in a key vote 2008 Sep.23   Congress cool after bail-out plea  Lawmakers have expressed strong scepticism about a bail-out of the banking system, following a 5-hour Senate hearing on the rescue plan 2008 Jul.26   Senate approves housing bill  The Senate has approved a $300bn rescue fund designed to prop up battered housing market. It may also be used to bail out the mortgage giants

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2007 Dec.18   Senate passes $70B in war funds  After months of stalemate, the Senate passed a government spending bill that includes billions of dollars requested by Bush to continue the war in Iraq 2007 Aug.23   Top Republican urges Iraq pullout  John Warner, an influential senator, has called for the withdrawal of some 5,000 US troops from Iraq by the year's end 2007 Aug.2   Senate tightens lobbying rules  The Senate has voted in favour of a bill to tighten rules on lobbying and ethics for lawmakers, following its approval in the House of Reps 2007 Jun.28   Vote dashes Bush immigration plan  The Senate has blocked a vote on a landmark bill, dealing a major blow to one of President's key policy planks 2007 Apr.26   Congress backs Iraq pull-out plan  The Senate has voted to approve a bill which requires US troops to start withdrawing by October
 President Bush has said he will veto the Democrat-sponsored bill
2007 Mar.27   Senate votes for Iraq deadline  The Senate has endorsed a deadline of March 2008 for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
 The Senate rejected an amendment that would have removed the troop withdrawal clause from a bill on military funding
2007 Feb.5   Republicans block Iraq war debate  A resolution opposing Bush's decision to send extra troops to Iraq has failed to advance in the Senate: 49, with 47 voting against
 Senate Majority Leader Reid vows there will be debate on Iraq
2007 Jan.17   Senators oppose Iraq troop boost  2 Democrats and a Republican have agreed on a resolution to oppose Bush's plan to increase troop numbers

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2006 Nov.9       Democrats secure sweeping win   Democrats have gained the final seat in the battle for the Senate, sealing their mid-term victory in both houses
 Republican Allen admitted defeat to his Democrat Webb, in the close Virginia race. Bush has pledged to work with Democrats; he is open to new ideas on Iraq. Democrats are getting posts on congressional committees and control over federal spending
2006 Sep.28   Senate backs terror trial bill  The legislation is endorsing Bush's proposals to interrogate and prosecute foreign terror suspects 2006 Sep.21   US deal struck on terror suspects  President W Bush has reached a deal with Republican senators on a bill setting rules for the interrogation 2006 Sep.14       Senators defy Bush on tribunals  A Senate committee is approving 15-9 legislation to set up trials for foreign terrorism suspects

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2005 Oct.5   Senate backs detainee rights  Senators have voted overwhelmingly to outlaw cruel or degrading treatment of detainees held abroad 2005 Sep.29     Roberts confirmed as chief justice
  The Senate voted on the appointment of John Roberts as the next US Supreme Court chief justic
2005 May.17   Galloway takes on US oil accusers  British MP has told senators who accused him of profiting from Iraq oil the claims were the 'mother of all smokescreens' 2005 May.15   Russians cited in oil-for-food probe  A Senate report accuses top politicians, including advisers to Putin, of engaging in illicit transactions with Iraq 2005 May.11   Names named in US Iraq oil report  A Senate report says 2 politicians from the UK and France were granted lucrative oil allocations by Saddam's Iraq 2005 Jan.18   Rice grilled by Senate  Bush's nominee as secretary of state says she will use diplomacy to reach a balance of power in the world

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2004 Nov.2   Senate chief Daschle loses seat  The Democrats' leader has lost his South Dakota seat to Republican John Thune 2004 Jul.14   Ban on same-sex marriage failed in Senate  Supporters vowed to keep fighting for the measure 2004 Jul.9   CIA slammed for Iraq intelligence  In its 500-page report, senators have severely criticised the CIA for the quality of its pre-war intelligence 2004 Feb.2   Ricin found at Senate building  Traces of the deadly poison have been found at the office of Senate Majority leader Bill Frist

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2002 Dec.20   Lott stepping down as majority leader  Wounded by the controversy over his racially divisive comments, Lott stepping down as Senate Republican leader 2002 Mar.20   Congress approves campaign cash curbs  Senate has given the final approval to a bill limiting the funding of political campaigns 2002 Feb.3   Enron's Lay refused to testify  The Senate investigations is in disarray after the former CEO would not appear due to a prosecutorial climate

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2001 Nov.16   New anthrax letter in Senate  2 Senate buildings will be closed after a letter addressed to Sen. Leahy tested positive for anthrax 2001 Oct.17   Capitol shuts as anthrax spreads  31 Senate employees, mostly workers in the office of Daschle, tested positive for anthrax exposure 2001 Oct.15   Anthrax sent to Senate leader  President Bush said a letter opened in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Daschle had anthrax