Congress is looking at expanding the child tax credit again. Who would benefit?

BY: - February 11, 2024

A majority of low-income families who do not currently qualify for the full credit would see some increase just within the first year of the three-year deal, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

BY: and - February 6, 2024

The decision to block the bill released just two days ago not only leaves laws in place that GOP lawmakers say have led to a “crisis” at the southern border, but drags on the stalemate over whether Congress will approve assistance for Ukraine and Israel, which was rolled into the package. 

Intense opposition to U.S. Senate immigration deal quickly emerges

BY: - February 5, 2024

The deal on immigration policy, negotiated for months by a bipartisan trio of senators, aims to stem migration at the Southern border.

US Senate negotiators see progress in immigration talks, but no deal likely until 2024

BY: - December 19, 2023

Republicans insist that a bipartisan compromise on immigration and border security policy is necessary to advance additional funding for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

Casey pushes review of U.S. investments in China but hits roadblock in House

BY: - December 5, 2023

The Senate approved the so-called “outbound investment” amendment, 91-6, to its version of the National Defense Authorization Act in July, with proponents arguing it was needed to keep adversaries around the globe from gaining access to sensitive technologies funded by U.S. dollars. 

Oklahoma senator challenges Teamsters president to fight at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - November 14, 2023

Sen. Markwayne Mullin, an Oklahoma Republican, challenged the head of the Teamsters union to a physical fight at a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday intended to showcase how labor unions are making families’ lives better.

Democrats’ struggle to keep U.S. Senate majority complicated by Manchin decision 

BY: , and - November 10, 2023

Senate Republicans only need to win two seats to gain a full majority, if they can retain all 11 of their current seats in the 2024 election. Democrats and Republicans could also end up with a 50-50 split again

Manchin will not seek reelection to U.S. Senate in 2024, will hit the road to ‘unite the middle’

BY: - November 9, 2023

Asked if Manchin’s plans to travel the country were related to a potential presidential run, a spokesperson for his office said they “don’t have anything else to add” to the released statement.

U.S. Senate GOP colleagues fight Tuberville hold as top military nominees trickle through

BY: - November 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are pushing back on Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s blockade of hundreds of U.S. military promotions as the upper chamber fills the remaining vacancies on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senators on Thursday approved Adm. Lisa Franchetti in a 95-1 vote to be the first woman to lead the U.S. Navy. Gen. David […]

Federal authorities accuse Menendez of acting as foreign agent

BY: - October 12, 2023

Federal authorities unveiled a superseding indictment Thursday against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez accusing the senator of acting as a foreign agent for Egypt while serving as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York alleges Menendez, a Democrat, used his power as the committee’s chair to […]

Fetterman may pursue expulsion of ‘defiant’ Menendez from U.S. Senate

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Sen. John Fetterman said Thursday he would be open to expelling New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez from the Senate. “Now that it’s confirmed that he’s not going to go the honorable way. You know, I would like to pursue whatever avenues are available,” Fetterman told reporters. Menendez spoke privately […]

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Casey, others introduce bill to cut child poverty rates in half over 5 years

BY: - September 26, 2023

The Child Poverty Reduction Act, and its companion legislation in the House, would create and implement an “accountability framework” to ensure the country reaches the five-year goal.