Senate leaders haggle over Mayorkas impeachment deal as trial begins

Senate leaders are trying to strike an agreement that would allow a few hours of debate before proceeding to a vote to potentially dismiss or table the impeachment trial against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Though it would not alter the outcome, such a pact would avoid a potential pileup of procedural motions from Senate […]

What to watch for in the Senate impeachment trial of Alejandro Mayorkas

The Senate is set to begin an impeachment trial this week for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — the first of its kind in nearly 150 years — after weeks of delay. Mayorkas became the second Cabinet secretary ever impeached last month, after the GOP-controlled House’s second try succeeded…Read More

Senate GOP campaign arm names key Daines aide to lead major ad spending

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is tapping a trusted political aide from his own orbit to lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure operation in 2024. Brock Lowrance will set the strategy and spending decisions for tens of millions of dollars worth of ads as part of the GOP’s drive for the Senate majority…Read More

How Senate Dems plan to quickly ‘dispose’ of Mayorkas trial

Senate Democrats plan to “dispose” of the House’s impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as quickly as they can on Thursday, a member of Democratic leadership said in an interview. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the No. 3 Democrat, deadpanned on Tuesday that the Senate majority is “going to treat it with the seriousness it […]

Senate Dem-aligned PAC raised more than $39M to open 2024

Senate Majority PAC, a group aligned with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, raised $39.3 million in the first three months of 2024 — about $15 million more than its GOP counterpart. The group ended March with $92 million in the bank, according to numbers shared first with POLITICO…Read More

Senate clears senior Labor nominee after Menendez votes to confirm

The second time’s the charm: The Senate approved José Javier Rodríguez, 50-48, for a senior Labor Department role after previously voting against confirming the former Florida Democratic politician last November. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined with all Republicans in voting no, but Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) flipped his vote in favor of the nominee for assistant […]

Senate confirms ambassador to Haiti as crisis in Caribbean nation escalates

The Senate confirmed Dennis Hankins to become ambassador to Haiti, as the Caribbean nation faces a crisis of gang violence and a vacuum of elected leadership. The Senate voted 89-1 to confirm Hankins. John Kennedy (R-La.) was the only vote against. A 38-year U.S. foreign service veteran…Read More

Senate reaches agreement to pass $459B funding package, thwarting shutdown

The Senate is set to pass a six-bill spending package Friday night, after locking in a plan to vote on a handful of Republican amendments before clearing the funding package for President Joe Biden’s signature. The agreement to fast-track passage followed hours of partisan sparring over Republican amendment demands on issues ranging from immigration to […]

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