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WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders could start the process of producing a filibuster-proof coronavirus relief package next week by taking up a budget resolution for the current fiscal year, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “I think the budget resolution will be up next week,” the incoming Senate Budget chairman told reporters Tuesday. The budget blueprint, which will contain instructions ...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort by Sen. Rand Paul to declare the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump unconstitutional, clearing the way for the unprecedented proceeding to commence next month. Paul argued that the vehicle used to potentially convict a former president of high crimes and misdemeanors is “illegal,” since Trump no longer holds public ...

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul is challenging the constitutionality of the looming Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, arguing that the process is illegal because he no longer holds office. “Private citizens don’t get impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office and the accused here has already left office,” Paul, R-Ky., said on the floor of the Senate Tuesday. The ...

Jan. 25—Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul argued against impeaching former President Donald Trump Sunday, calling it "political theater." Trump has been charged with inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Democrats who introduced the impeachment article said he fueled his supporters' anger by pushing lies about election fraud, and told them to march on the Capitol and "stop the steal." But Paul ...

Joe Biden’s new administration faces a murderers’ row of hard decisions on everything from controlling the Southern border to dealing with Iran. But one choice dominates all of them: Does Biden intend to govern from the center-left or to make more far-reaching concessions to his party’s progressive wing?

Sen. Bernie Sanders is feeling the Bern — and the love — after a photo of him sitting alone in his face mask, winter coat and patchwork mittens at Wednesday's presidential inauguration went viral. On Thursday's episode of "Late Night With Seth Meyers," Sanders was amused by the now-ubiquitous image, which has Twitter hailing the Vermont senator for his commitment to social distancing and ...

Even while $600 stimulus checks are being deposited in tens of millions of bank accounts, congressional Democrats are laying the groundwork for even greater stimulus payments, which some call “survival checks.” As Senate democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently said, “One of the first things that I want to do when our new senators are seated is deliver the $2,000 checks to the American families.” With Democrats preparing to take power in Washington, a critical question will be whether such survival checks will be one-time payments or recur each month “for the duration of the pandemic,” as Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and others have suggested. But supporters of recurring payments ignore the fact that, once started, it might be politically impossible to turn off such massive new benefits, requiring huge federal tax hikes to cover their enormous ongoing cost.

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