Sherrod Brown - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Sherrod Brown AP Explains: How lawmakers get their health care WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot who at 80 has had several health setbacks, gets his coverage from the Department of Veterans Affairs. House leaders, like Speaker Paul Ryan, get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as do many members of Congress. Congress voted to include itself in the law wh... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T07:49:00Z As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade WASHINGTON (AP) — As farmers fret over President Donald Trump's criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs. The new undersecretary position is a sign of Perdue's efforts to promote the U.S. agricultural industry as Trump... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-05-11T20:15:00Z Senate GOP struggles to find challengers for some Democrats DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Republicans landed a top-tier candidate in West Virginia but have struggled to recruit well-known GOP challengers in several states where President Donald Trump romped and Democratic incumbents warily face re-election. Two-term Rep. Evan Jenkins on Monday announced his bid against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's... Tue, 09 May 2017 07:31:00 GMT 2017-05-09T07:31:00Z Trump administration taps lawyer as acting comptroller WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday named a banking lawyer to be the interim head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as part of the administration's efforts to overhaul bank regulation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Keith Noreika, a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, will become acting comptr... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:15:00Z Senate confirms Wall St attorney Jay Clayton to head SEC WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Jay Clayton, the Wall Street attorney chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. The vote was 61-37 to give Clayton the job of running the independent agency that oversees Wall Street and the financial markets. Nine Democrats and one independent, Maine's Angus King, joined 51 Republicans ... Tue, 02 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-02T22:58:00Z Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just days ahead of a shutdown deadline. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a threat to immediately withhold payments to help ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:38:00 GMT 2017-04-27T03:38:00Z Dems in Trump states pressured from both sides on court pick WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It's a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 Democrats facing tough re-election next year in states that President Donald Trump won. "Resist" ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-04-06T22:37:00Z Wall St. attorney Clayton gets Senate panel OK as SEC head WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has cleared the nomination of Jay Clayton, the Wall Street attorney chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. The vote was 15-8 Tuesday by the Senate Banking Committee, as three Democrats joined the panel's Republicans in approving Clayton. The confirmation of Clayton to head the independent agency that ... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:05:00 GMT 2017-04-04T15:05:00Z How Senate Dems have said they will vote on court pick Senate Democrats have enough votes to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who plan to change Senate rules to confirm President Donald Trump's pick. The crucial 41st vote came from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who announced his decision Monday. Coons' opposition will prevent Republic... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:40:00 GMT 2017-04-03T17:40:00Z Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign. In an eight-page draft letter to Co... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:12:00 GMT 2017-03-31T00:12:00Z Senators urge USA Hockey to end dispute with women's team WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is mounting on USA Hockey in its wage dispute with the women's national team. On Monday, 16 U.S. senators wrote a letter to executive director Dave Ogrean, urging him to resolve the matter. The message came four days before the start of the women's world championship, which players threatened to boycott if significant progress was not made toward a... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:11:00 GMT 2017-03-28T01:11:00Z Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced that, as expected, Democrats have requested a postponement. The committe... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:54:00 GMT 2017-03-27T22:54:00Z Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Clayton, a partner in the prominent law firm Sull... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:28:00 GMT 2017-03-23T20:28:00Z The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court." Jona... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:01:00 GMT 2017-03-23T19:01:00Z Democrats say Trump's pick for trade post needs waiver WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they praised him, Senate Democrats said Tuesday that Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations needs a waiver from Congress to legally hold the job because of his previous work for foreign clients. Republicans disagree but the dispute could slow the confirmation of Robert Lighthizer to become the U.S trade r... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-03-14T19:50:00Z Senator asks Treasury to examine Trump foreign associates WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Senate Democrat is asking the Treasury Department to evaluate whether President Donald Trump and his family's business associates and possible investors from Russia and other countries have violated U.S. laws against financing terrorism, money laundering and other illicit activities. Trump's refusal to jettison or disclose inves... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-03-02T18:58:00Z Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages NEW YORK (AP) — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda. Some Democrats prefer to connect with constituents over the telephone or using social media. Others are ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:16:00 GMT 2017-02-24T14:16:00Z Trump's court pick reaches out, but Democrats still wary WASHINGTON (AP) — In daily visits to Senate offices, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has tried to make clear to Democrats that he's an independent thinker. Gorsuch told senators that he found President Donald Trump's attacks on the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing" after Trump had lashed out at a federal judge who issued a stay on his refugee and immigration ba... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:50:00 GMT 2017-02-16T21:50:00Z Democratic pressure to oppose Trump roils Capitol Hill WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are under intense pressure from the liberal base to oppose President Donald Trump at every turn, a dynamic that will color nearly every debate on Capitol Hill this year and complicate prospects for action on all issues. It's sure to be a topic of debate as House Democrats gather for a policy retreat in Baltimore o... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:57:00 GMT 2017-02-08T08:57:00Z Dems in Trump states face pressure on Supreme Court pick WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump presses for Senate confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, much of the initial, intense pressure will be on moderate Democrats, especially those up for re-election next year in states that Trump won handily. Some of those senators are keeping their options open, saying they will wait to me... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:15:00 GMT 2017-02-02T08:15:00Z Trump court pick earns GOP praise as he visits Capitol Hill WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Neil Gorsuch earned warm praise from Senate Republicans as he visited Capitol Hill Wednesday a day after President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court. Democratic divisions were on display as the Senate minority struggled for a strategy to oppose the conservative judge. Accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, Gorsuch ... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:32:00 GMT 2017-02-01T18:32:00Z Senate confirms Trump's nominee for US ambassador to the UN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by a decisive margin Tuesday as Republican-led committees paved the way for three more of his Cabinet nominees to be approved just days into the new administration. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley won strong support for the U.N. post despite her ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 04:30:00 GMT 2017-01-25T04:30:00Z The Latest: Governors ask House to continue Medicaid help WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 6:10 p.m. The nation's governors are asking top House Republicans to retain "a meaningful federal role" in financing the Medicaid program for low-income people. In a letter Tuesday to GOP leaders, the bipartisan National Governors Association writ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-01-24T23:28:00Z Treasury pick defends foreclosure actions, asset disclosure WASHINGTON (AP) — Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's pick as Treasury secretary, clashed with Democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing Thursday over his handling of thousands of mortgage foreclosures and his failure to initially disclose to the committee nearly $100 million in assets and interests in a Cayman Islands corporation. Mnuchi... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:15:00 GMT 2017-01-20T00:15:00Z The Latest: Vet Affairs chief of staff to be interim head WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST): 3:20 p.m. The chief of staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Snyder, will become the agency's interim leader after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday. Trump has picked VA undersecretary David Shulkin to head the agency, replacing Bob McDonald. But... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-01-19T20:26:00Z The Latest: Ryan seeking answers for some worried immigrants WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 10 p.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Congress and Donald Trump's transition team are trying to come up with a solution for young immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants gained work permits and... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:17:00 GMT 2017-01-13T03:17:00Z Carson questioned about housing views, experience WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended his experience and credentials Thursday to serve as the nation's new housing secretary, turning to his life story to show that he understands the needs of the country's most vulnerable. President-elect Donald Trump wants Carson, a former White House rival, to lead the Departmen... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-01-13T00:32:00Z Democrats to challenge Sessions on immigration, civil rights WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats will challenge President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee over his hard-line stand on immigration, past record on civil rights and whether he supports community policing. The Alabama lawmaker is known as one of the most staunchly con... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:30:00 GMT 2017-01-10T08:30:00Z The Latest: GOP uneasy about how to replace health care law WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST): 3:50 p.m. There's growing Republican unease about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without having a replacement plan ready to go. With Donald Trump about to enter the White House, Republicans plan to void the health care law this year as quick... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-01-06T20:52:00Z Trump names Wall Street lawyer Clayton as SEC chairman WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose a Wall Street attorney with experience in corporate mergers and public stock launches as his nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Trump announced his nomination of Jay Clayton, a partner in the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, as chairman of the independent agency that ove... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:42:00 GMT 2017-01-05T00:42:00Z