U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate panel bickers over Supreme Court nomination but sets vote next week

BY: - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reopened partisan disagreements Monday as members scheduled a vote for April 4 on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson defends her record under grilling from U.S. Senate Republicans

BY: - March 22, 2022

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sharpened their criticisms of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, probing her work as a public defender on behalf of terrorism suspects, the judicial sentences she has handed down for child pornography offenses and her views of critical race theory.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson vows to decide U.S. Supreme Court cases from a ‘neutral posture’

BY: - March 21, 2022

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began her four-day confirmation process to become the nation’s first Black female associate justice on Monday, listening to hours of opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee members before giving her own. 

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U.S. Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to start Monday

BY: - March 21, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, will field questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in highly anticipated public hearings.

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U.S. Senate confirms Louisiana’s Shalanda Young to head up White House budget agency

BY: - March 15, 2022

Young, former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, will become the first Black woman to head up the Cabinet-level agency that releases the president’s budget request, oversees federal agencies’ performance and reviews significant federal regulations.

New Mexico’s Luján back and voting in the U.S. Senate after recovery from stroke

BY: - March 3, 2022

C-SPAN video showed the New Mexico Democrat’s fellow senators gave Luján a standing ovation when he walked into a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin of Illinois with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with top members of U.S. Senate

BY: - March 2, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began the arduous Senate confirmation process Wednesday, meeting on Capitol Hill with four key senators. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss coastal restoration with U.S. Senate committee

BY: - February 22, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards is heading to Delaware where he will testify Wednesday at a U.S. Senate committee field hearing on coastal restoration and climate change. 

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Voting rights tops U.S. Senate agenda as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “The election subversion efforts we’re seeing all across the country today are […]

State lawmakers to hold first public forum on redistricting in Monroe

State lawmakers to hold first public forum on redistricting in Monroe

BY: - October 7, 2021

In a process that will impact almost every election in Louisiana for the next decade, the state legislature will hold the first of nine regional public forums on Oct. 20 beginning in Monroe regarding how lawmakers will draw the state’s new political maps and choose which voters to include in which districts. Beginning in mid-October […]

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate Democrats about […]

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Republicans and Democrats accuse each other of ‘defunding the police’ | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - July 14, 2021

“Defund the police”– a rallying cry during the 2020 protests following the unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police – is now a congressional football that  Democrats and Republicans keep throwing up as Hail Mary passes without anyone scoring a touchdown.   First, Republicans accused Democrats of embracing “defund […]