Filibusters

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters after the Senate passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to help a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Republican leaders agreed to Democrats' demand to toss out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to address a record influx of Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and elsewhere and coming to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 23, 2019 - 7:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The relief...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018, file photo, Ted Pappageorge, president of the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, speaks before a vote on whether to authorize a strike, in Las Vegas. Some key labor leaders say they are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. “They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen-table economics,” said Pappageorge. “We don’t quite see that.” (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)
April 15, 2019 - 10:46 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist's dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. The candidates are spending too much time...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. One of the only jobs McConnell ever wanted was to be in the Senate. But the majority leader is steadily changing the way the chamber operates in pursuit of a greater prize: reshaping the judiciary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 07, 2019 - 1:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the "personnel business" this year. But the majority leader's focus on confirming President Donald Trump's nominees is coming at the expense of any big legislative priorities. Nearly 100 days into the new Congress, the drive to confirm is...
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and Rev Al Sharpton share the stage during the National Action Network Convention in New York, Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 05, 2019 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 nominee. Speaking at the National Action Network'...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 03, 2019 - 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks. In a series of procedural votes, the Republicans indefinitely restored rules in...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump's appointments are taking steps to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. McConnell said he's making the move in response to "unprecedented obstruction" by Democrats, which have required Republicans to hold time-consuming procedural votes on 128 of Trump's nominees. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 28, 2019 - 4:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump's appointments, moved Thursday to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's making the move in response to "...
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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks to a group of about 400 potential voters at a high school on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
March 20, 2019 - 3:23 pm
The Green New Deal and "Medicare for All" are old news. The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College. Elizabeth Warren kicked things off at a CNN town hall Monday night when the Massachusetts senator drew enthusiastic applause by saying: "...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders greets supporters after a rally, Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)
March 10, 2019 - 10:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he and Vice President Mike Pence have different views of their Christian faith and that he doesn't understand Pence's loyalty to...
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, Friday, March 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
March 04, 2019 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The newest pressure point in the Democratic presidential primary isn't health care or climate change — though it could make or break future progress on those issues. It's an overhaul of arcane Senate rules. Some prominent liberals are urging Democratic presidential candidates to...
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Democratic House members including Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., third from left, and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., center, and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., right, walk to the Senate Chamber to observe votes on two bills to end the partial government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Both bills were voted down. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 24, 2019 - 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 4:40 p.m. About two dozen House Democrats got a lesson in Senate etiquette and national politics as they trooped over to watch the Senate vote on dueling bills to reopen the...
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