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The Senate is about to go through some voting theatrics likely leading nowhere. But out of that could come some backroom huddling that leads to an escape route

It may look like a typical Washington farce, but a pair of Senate show votes this week might just be the first, tentative step on a long road out of the longest government shutdown in history.
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The Senate is about to go through some voting theatrics signifying nothing. But out of that could come negotiations that lead to a solution

It may look like a typical Washington farce, but a pair of Senate show votes this week might just be the first, tentative step on a long road out of the longest government shutdown in history.
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With votes scheduled, Washington gropes for way out of shutdown

It may look like a typical Washington farce, but a pair of Senate show votes this week might just be the first, tentative step on a long road out of the longest government shutdown in history.
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Lawmaker proposes lowering Oregon’s blood alcohol limit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Data show that 11 people were killed in Oregon in 2017 in crashes involving drivers who had a blood alcohol level between the current legal limit and a proposed lower limit. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports state Senate President Peter Courtney has proposed legislation to lower Oregon’s 0.08 blood alcohol level limit to […]
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Dueling Senate bills would end shutdown in different ways

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. set […]
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The Latest: Senate to push forward with 2 shutdown votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local):
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McConnell sets votes on competing plans to reopen government

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he expects a key vote will take place Thursday on legislation to fund President Donald Trump's border wall and reopen shuttered parts of the government.
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Senate Sets Votes On 2 Bills That Could End Shutdown — But Both Expected To Fail

Democrats say they won't accept Trump's offer of three-year protections for those under DACA and TPS in exchange for full-funding of his border wall. Republicans say Democrats should accept the offer.(Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Sen. Lindsey Graham to float new proposal to end shutdown in meeting with President Trump

Graham wants President Donald Trump to end the government shutdown if Speaker Nancy Pelosi agrees to take up a bipartisan Senate measure.            [Author: The Greenville News]
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Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown

With most Republicans united behind Mr. Trump’s insistence that any legislation to reopen the government include money for a border wall and most Democrats opposed, neither measure is likely to draw the 60 votes required to advance.
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Merkley focuses on Senate duties, less on White House bid

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On a day when another U.S. senator formally entered the 2020 presidential race, Sen. Jeff Merkley, who’s also pondering a run, seemed content to just be a senator by holding a town hall back in his home state of Oregon. Merkley, one of Congress’ most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s […]
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Senate To Vote On Competing Bills To End Government Shutdown

For the first time since the government shutdown began more than a month ago, there appears to be a tiny bit of movement. The Senate will vote on Thursday on a pair of competing bills to reopen the government — one that includes President Trump’s long-demanded border wall funds, and one that would simply fully fund the government for a few more weeks without any wall money. “For the first time, we will get a vote on whether to open up the government without any decision, one way or the other, on...
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McConnell sets up Thursday votes on competing proposals to reopen government

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he expects a key vote will take place Thursday on legislation to fund President Donald Trump's border wall and reopen shuttered parts of the government.
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McConnell sets up votes on Thursday on competing proposals to reopen government

The Senate will take two key votes on Thursday on competing proposals aimed at ending the ongoing government shutdown -- one backed by Republicans and the other backed by Democrats and both likely to fail.
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The Senate Will Vote on the Shutdown. But There’s Still No End in Sight

After a long month of inaction, the Senate will now vote on two bills that could possibly end the month-long government down. But both are widely expected to fail, raising more questions about how the stalemate will end. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that the chamber would hold…
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Government shutdown, Day 32: Senate to vote Thursday in first sign of congressional movement

The Senate and the House will vote this week on starkly different bills to fund the government, virtually assuring that the shutdown will continue.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Senate to vote on pair of bills that could end government shutdown

Republican-backed measure would meet Trump’s wall demand while the second would extend funding for closed agenciesThe Senate will vote on Thursday on a pair of bills that could end the month-long partial shutdown of the federal government– if passed.The first bill, a Republican-backed measure, would meet Donald Trump’s demand for a $5.7bn wall along the southern border in exchange for temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants. The second would extend funding for the agencies that a...
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Senate Leaders Agree on Possible Path to Reopening Government

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer have agreed to a deal that could end the partial government shutdown, which entered its 32nd day Tuesday. Under the deal, the Senate will vote Thursday on two bills intended to end the shutdown. One bill includes President Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to construct a wall at the southern border, and one would fund the government entities affected by the shutdown through February 8, kicking the fight down the road until...
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Senate Leaders Reach Agreement That Offers Possible Path to Reopen Government

Under a compromise reached by Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, the Senate will vote Thursday on a Trump measure that will fail and a stopgap spending bill likely to pass.
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Senate Leaders Agree To Bring Pair Of Bills To Floor That Could End Government Shutdown

For the first time since the government shutdown began more than a month ago, there appears to be a tiny bit of movement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have reached an agreement to allow votes on a pair of competing bills to reopen the government — one that includes President Trump’s long-demanded border wall funds, and one that would simply fully fund the government for a few more weeks without any wall money. “For the first time, ...
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Senate Leaders Agree to Votes That Offer Possible Path to Reopen Government

Under a compromise reached by Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, the Senate will vote Thursday on a Trump measure that will fail and a stopgap spending bill that is likely to pass.
Tags: News, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Trump, Chuck Schumer, Law and Legislation, United States Politics and Government, Shutdowns (Institutional, Federal Budget (US


McConnell says vote expected Thursday to fund border wall and reopen government

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he expects a key vote will take place Thursday on legislation to fund President Donald Trump's border wall and reopen shuttered parts of the government.
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Joni Ernst Alleges Ex-Husband Abused Her In New Divorce Filings

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an “extremely painful journey” that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive. Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in an affidavit for her divorce proceeding that after Trump interviewed her in 2016 to be his vice president, “I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family.” The...
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Republicans could go 'nuclear' to speed through Trump nominees

Senate Republicans are considering using the so-called "nuclear option" to change Senate rules over the objection of Democrats to severely limit debate and speed up the confirmation of the vast majority of President Donald Trump's executive and judicial branch picks.
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Harris Wofford, Ex-Senator Who Pushed Volunteerism, Dies at 92

A Pennsylvania lawyer, he was instrumental in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, advised Martin Luther King Jr. and headed two colleges.
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Education, climate change, health care on lawmakers’ agenda

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature, having convened for the 2019 session, will now aim to improve the state’s lagging public schools — and find the revenue to accomplish that, address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and promote access to health care. The session began Tuesday. Democrats who control both the Senate […]
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McConnell says vote expected Thursday on legislation to fund Trump's border wall and reopen government

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he expects a key vote will take place Thursday on legislation to fund President Donald Trump's border wall and reopen shuttered parts of the government.
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Ex-PA Senator And Civil Rights Activist Harris Wofford Dies At 92

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, a longtime civil rights activist who helped persuade John F. Kennedy to make a crucial phone call to the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960 presidential campaign, has died. He was 92. Wofford died in the hospital late Monday night of complications from a fall Saturday in his Washington apartment, his son, Daniel Wofford, said. Kennedy’s phone call to Coretta Scott King when her husband was locked in a Georgia prison ce...
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Ernst: I Withdrew Trump VP Bid Due To Husband Who ‘Hated Successes I Had’

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an “extremely painful journey” that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive. Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in an affidavit for her divorce proceeding that after Trump interviewed her in 2016 to be his vice president, “I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family.” The...
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At Least Four Dem-Led Panels Will Push DeVos On Her Most Polarizing Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the House and its committees, which carry the authority to issue subpoenas and call hearings. At least four panels are expected to challenge DeVos on her most polarizing policies, among them her overhaul of cam...
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