Filibusters

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 - 2:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, are forcing through a rules change to cut back debate on most of his picks. The GOP plan is to indefinitely restore rules in place during the first few years of...
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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 - 5:09 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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Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, prepares for the markup of the fiscal year 2020 budget resolution, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 28, 2019 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel Thursday approved a GOP budget plan that would curb federal benefit programs by $551 billion over the next five years and reject President Donald Trump's plan to use budget tricks to pad the Pentagon budget. The Budget Committee approved the nonbinding measure by a...
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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 - 4:23 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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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 - 4:00 pm
The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College. White House hopefuls Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris and Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) have either called for the abolition of the Electoral College or said it's...
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March 13, 2019 - 2:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Hickenlooper announced his Democratic presidential campaign, he vowed to sit down with the Senate's top Republican if he wins in 2020 — the kind of milquetoast pitch for bipartisanship that White House hopefuls have made for generations. But for some Democrats,...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, meets with Sarah Bass of Boone, after a rally, Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)
March 10, 2019 - 11:51 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn't ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals. "If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn't you...
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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 - 11:44 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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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 - 5:48 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he can't see running for U.S. Senate if his presidential bid fails. The Democrat says Sunday that he's "not cut out" for the Senate. But Hickenlooper...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, meets with Sarah Bass of Boone, after a rally, Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)
March 10, 2019 - 4:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn't ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals. "If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn't you...
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