Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday amid reports of a mass shooting at a Florida high school, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) condemns colleagues for failing to take action on gun control. “This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America, this epidemic of mass slaughter,” said Murphy.
The House narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours-long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs. The 240-186 vote sent the 400 billion US dollar spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it.
Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Adam Schiff talked to reporters after Republican House members voted to release a memo containing classified information about the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
On Monday, The Senate advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation. The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure that would have kept government open until Feb. 16. Democrats wanted to pressure the GOP to cut a deal protecting young immigrants from deportation and boosting federal spending.
Despite some protest and boos, the Senate narrowly passed the legislation for tax reform on a party-line 51-48 vote shortly after midnight Dec. 20, 2017. Protesters interrupted with chants of "kill the bill, don't kill us" and Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for order. Upon passage, Republicans cheered. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisted Americans would respond positively to the tax bill. "If we can't sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work," he said.
Protesters gathered at the Russell Senate Building in Capitol Hill on December 18 to protest the Republican Party’s tax-reform bill. More than 100 people took part in the protest against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to the Washington Post. A mass die-in was also staged before the demonstration was continued outside the building. This footage is described as showing several of the protesters in handcuffs outside the Capitol.
Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. Moore, meanwhile, refused to concede and raised the possibility of a recount during a brief appearance at a sombre campaign party in Montgomery. "It's not over," Moore said. He added, "We know that God is still in control."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says President Donald Trump's latest tweet about her on Dec. 12, 2017 was a "sexist smear" aimed at silencing her voice. The New York Democrat says she won't be silenced on the issue of sexual harassment.
Inspired by the #MeToo movement and the fall of Harvey Weinstein, three women who previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault and harassment have now called on Congress to open an investigation into the president. Trump faced dozens of allegations of sexual-misconduct, which he has denied.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced on the Senate floor Thursday that he would resign following allegations from at least eight women of sexual misconduct, but did not give a specific date. He also noted the "irony" that Trump was still in office after he "bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault."