Reporting from Capitol Hill, Bob Agnew has updates on what’s going on in the Senate.
The Senate has canceled it’s March recess to work on a funding bill to offset the economic impact of the Corona Virus
The Senate has canceled it’s March recess to work on a funding bill to offset the economic impact of the Corona Virus. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.
There was growing pressure within the GOP on Thursday to cancel plans for a recess….and return to Washington next week to complete a funding bill. The effort was complicated by lengthy back and forth discussions between House Speaker Pelosi and the white house. Debate over a Corona stimulus bill bears all the hallmarks of any economic discussion.., Democrats seeking to expand government programs such as Food Stamps and extended Unemployment. republicans favoring stimulus aimed at bolstering confidence in the markets, including tax breaks to motivate wary investors.
Closed-door hearings have begun as the Senate Judiciary Committee investigates alleged abuses of the FISA courts by members of the government seeking to damage the Trump campaign in 2016. Bob Agnew reports from capitol Hill.
Chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, has confirmed he’s begun depositions as he pursues allegations some members of the FBI sought to undermine the Trump campaign and used the FISA warrant process to do it. He’s already seeking testimony from some 20 current FBI and justice Department officials. Graham eventually hopes to obtain testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, former DEPUTY Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as well as former DEPUTY A-G Sally Yates.Listen Download
There’s good news in the Senate where lawmakers are close to a compromise on emergency funding for the Corona Virus. Bob Agnew reports.
Minority Leader Senator Charles Schumer says a bi-partisan negotiation between Senate and House appropriators
No argument from Senator Mitch McConnell
But the Majority Leader says he is troubled by rumors some Democrats may try to attach price restrictions on companies working to develop new vaccines
McConnell says some House Democrats want to use the bill to ‘test drive’ elements of their leftist health proposal ‘Medicare For All’
The Senate has voted to advance a comprehensive package of bills aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions. Bob Agnew reports from Capitol Hill.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsors Senate Bill #2657
Manchin says the bill draws from more than 50 energy bills….
Manchin co-sponsors the bill along with Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski.
It amounts to the nations first comprehensive energy policy update in 13 yearsListen Download
The nation’s top law enforcement official got a strong show of support this past week from Senate Republicans
Barr’s been facing unending criticism from the left, and for a time it appeared he may be headed toward a stand off with president trump after saying in an interview the president’s tweets at time made it impossible to do his job. After Barr joined Republicans for their weekly luncheon meeting, Majority leader McConnell told reporters ” “We all have a lot of confidence in him. We think he’s doing a terrific job.” There had been fears among some Republicans the political complexities of his role, and blistering attacks from the Left, might cause Barr to resign.Listen Download
Senate Republicans have reaffirmed their support for Attorney General William Barr. Bob Agnew reports from Capitol Hill.
Barr attended this week’s GOP Luncheon which doubles as a policy session for Republicans Senators. Some had been fearing BARR may be about to resign amid the political complexities of his role, and unending assaults on his character from the left. Barr also recently said the President’s tweets on sensitive topics sometimes make it impossible for him to do his job. After the meeting Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told the press Barr got a ‘warm reception’ from Senators ..and said there’s ‘widespread appreciation’ for the job he’s doingListen Download
Attorney General William Barr is getting a major vote of confidence from GOP members of Congress. Bob Agnew reports.
In a rare joint-statement leader from both ends of the Capitol voiced their support for Barr as a man of the ‘highest integrity’ He’s been under fire for recent DOJ decision involving Trump associates. That includes recommending a lighter sentence for Roger Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress. The statement is signed by House republican leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority leader McConnell and Judiciary committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham. The statement says that as always what it calls an effort to ‘intimidate’ the Attorney general will –in it’s words–‘fall woefully short.Listen Download
Day One of the President’s impeachment trial has featured heated debate on the issue of witnesses and documents.Listen Download
It’s still not clear how long the President’s impeachment trial is likely to last. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.
It all hinges on whether Senators feel they have enough evidence after the initial phase of the trial. Senator Ted Cruz told Fox News that a week and a half may be enough time for the House impeachment managers to present their case, the White House to respond, and Senators to submit their written questions. That’s a point at which the Senate is likely to vote on a motion to call new witnesses. Should that pass, Cruz says, witness testimony could extend the trial for up to eight weeks, even longer. Cruz says, unlike in the House, there would also be reciprocity, meaning the President’s defense team would be allowed to call one witness for every one called by House Prosecutors.Listen Download
Senate Majority Leader McConnell is proposing a swift Senate impeachment, but it could get lengthy if Democrats prevail.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz says the impeachment trial for President Trump could last TWO months or even longer if the Senate votes to allow new witness testimony. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.
Senator Cruz says one timeline would allow the House impeachment managers to present their case, the President’s legal team to respond, and Senators to submit their questions…all in about a week and a half. At that time the Senate could potentially move to a final vote on the President’s guilt or innocence. It could also be the point at which Democrats instead move to call additional witnesses. Should that pass, Cruz tells FoxNews, the trial could easily extend to six-to-eight weeks in length, even longer. Cruz noting that there would surely be debate and delays relating to each witness that called.Listen Download
President Trump this week is expected to sign the long-awaited U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreementListen Download
Senator Lindsey Graham says the Trump impeachment trial will double as an effort by Democrats to recapture the Senate majority. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.
Senator Graham says he’s not buying claims by Minority Leader Charles Schumer that he’s looking for the ‘truth’ in the Trump impeachment. The truth is, Graham told Fox News–that Schumer’s looking for a new title..that of ‘Majority Leader.’ Given that there’s virtually no chance of a guilty verdict against President Trump in the GOP-controlled body, Schumer is widely viewed as angling to embarrass vulnerable Republican Senators who are up for re-election this year. Commenting as what he sees as a transparent political motive Graham says: ‘I smell a rat’.Listen Download
One GOP Senator predicts none of his Republican colleagues will vote to convict President Trump at his impeachment trial. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.
Senator Rand Paul believes the final verdict in the trial that starts next week is really not in doubt. Not only will the Senate fall well short of the 67 votes it would take to remove the President, Paul believes no GOP senators will vote to convict. In fact–Paul told The Hill–he doesn’t believe there’s a single senator from either party that hasn’t already made up their mind. Several Republicans have said they see the trial now as an effort by Minority Leader Charles Schumer to embarrass some Republican Senators who may be vulnerable to defeat in this year’s election.Listen Download
The Senate is ready to proceed with the Trump impeachment trial after Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in as the presiding officer yesterday on Thursday. Bob Agnew reports from Capitol Hill.
After being ushered into the chamber by an ‘escort committee’ of two Republicans and two Democrats…
Roberts went on…’for the purpose of joining with you for the trial of the President of the United States’
An oath administered by the Presiding officer…Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa
Roberts promising to remain impartial in all matters as trial gets underway on Tuesday.
President Trump is urging the Senate to bypass a trial and instead vote to dismiss the articles of impeachment once they’re delivered by the House. Correspondent Bob Agnew reports.Listen Download
The Senate’s top Democrat and Republican continue to disagree on the President’s attack on an Iranian general. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.Listen Download
President Trump continues to see the confirmation of his judicial nominees by the GOP-lead SenateListen Download
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues her refusal to hold a formal impeachment vote on the House floor. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.Listen Download
A former aid to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the latest to testify before House committees seeking to impeach the President. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports.Listen Download
Several GOP House members are seeking a formal rebuke of House Intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Bob Agnew reports.Listen Download
Utah Senator Mike Lee is predicting the Senate will soon pass a bill that would allow more highly skilled workers into the country
Utah Senator Mike Lee is predicting the Senate will soon pass a bill that would allow more highly skilled workers into the countryListen Download
There was a lot of prayer in Washington DC last week on the anniversary of NINE-ELEVEN, but for the Senate Chaplain it’s part of a daily routineListen Download
Expanded background checks are off the table as far as some conservative lawmakers are concernedListen Download
Nebraska’s highest court has rejected another attempt to derail the Keystone XL pipelineListen Download