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Senate committee supports califf nomination for head FDA

(HealthDay)—The nomination of former U.S. Food and Drug Administration head Robert Califf, M.D., to again lead the agency now heads to the full Senate for a vote, after a Senate committee on Thursday voted 13-8 for approval. Among those who voted against Califf’s nomination were Democrats who expressed concerns about his links to pharmaceutical companies,…

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Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Sanctioning Russia over Ukraine

Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation seeking to impose sanctions on Russia should it invade Ukraine.  The Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022, led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez and 25 of his colleagues, would impose mandatory sanctions on a variety of Russian entities should it escalate hostility towards Ukraine, The Hill…

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Biden Was Too Slow to Push the Senate for Voting Rights

On Tuesday afternoon, President Joe Biden employed the bully pulpit—ostensibly one of the most powerful instruments in the executive toolbox—to press the Senate to pass voting rights legislation as soon as possible, in order to counteract a spate of measures that are either being enacted or considered in Republican-led states that may suppress voter turnout,…

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Hawkish Senate Democrats turn against Cruz’s sanctions bill

Posted January 11, 2022 at 5:29pmA growing number of Democrats are criticizing a bill to require the imposition of sanctions on European officials assisting with the development of a Russian-German gas pipeline as a vote approaches, a sign it might not pass out of the chamber.On Tuesday, a handful of key Senate Democrats who are generally seen as among the…

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GOP NH State Senate President Announces Run Against Sen. Maggie Hassan

New Hampshire State Senate President Chuck Morse has announced that he will challenge incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who won her seat in 2016 by a margin of less than one percent. Morse’s announcement is a sign of things to come for the Granite State, which presents a unique opportunity for a Republican takeover. In…

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Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who helped pass Obamacare, has died at 82

Then newly-elected Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a news conference at the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2004. (Shaun Heasley/Reuters) Harry Reid, a 30-year veteran of the upper chamber of Congress and former boxer who led the Senate Democrats from 2005 to 2017, passed away at the age of 82 on…

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Senate Democrat derails final passage of ban on China imports made with Uyghur forced labor

A Democratic senator on Wednesday blocked the final passage of a bipartisan bill to crack down on imports from China’s Xinjiang region, where Beijing is accused of using forced labor. Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, stopped the vote Wednesday in a bid to extend President Biden’s child tax credit that’s been making direct payments of…

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Ohio Senate OKs bill to expand medical marijuana program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More Ohio dispensaries could sell medical marijuana, cultivators could grow more of it, and more conditions would qualify for using it under legislation passed Wednesday by the Republican-led state Senate. The measure also calls for regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries to move from the pharmacy board to a new Division of…

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Warnock to Senate Democrats: Bipartisanship at whose expense?

New Meadows texts further implicate members of Congress in Trump plot to overturn election02:05Cheney emphasis makes clear: possible Trump federal crime a focus of January 6th Committee05:07A bad day for Donald Trump, and it’s only Tuesday03:18Now PlayingWarnock to Senate Democrats: Bipartisanship at whose expense?06:50UP NEXT’These are no ordinary times’: Warnock calls for action to stem…

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No Senate action yet to confirm Esteban as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety

The U.S. Senate will have to step it up a notch to confirm Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban as the USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety before the year ends. President Biden nominated Esteban to serve in the post Nov.12. Esteban is currently Chief Scientist for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a position he…