GOP rejects cuts to wall funding, Dems threaten filibuster
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senate committee on Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump's latest border wall request and prevent him from again funding...
Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democrats jumping into big 2020 races in Texas (all times local):
A longtime Texas Democratic lawmaker is joining the growing field of U.S....
Schumer on ending filibuster: ‘Nothing’s off the table’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opened the door on Tuesday to ending the procedural rule that requires 60 votes to steer most bills through the chamber if Democrats take the...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is on the verge of passing a law that requires abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after the process has...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would require Nebraska abortion providers to give women information about possibly continuing their pregnancy after taking the first of two abortion drugs is...
House speaker makes plea for respectful behavior in chamber
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon made a plea for cordiality and professionalism on Thursday, the day after tempers flared in the chamber.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A last-minute push to pass a property tax package has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature, dimming the prospects of any major changes this year.
Missouri lawmakers pass GM tax break bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday passed a package of new business tax breaks and scholarships backed by Gov. Mike Parson after a group of fellow Republicans opposed to...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on legislation pending in the Missouri Legislature (all times local):
Missouri senators have passed a business incentive bill backed by...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers return to the Statehouse Monday facing a potentially chaotic final week.
Legislators are expected to consider some of the nation's toughest...
Medical marijuana vote delayed in state Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A medical marijuana bill stalled Wednesday in the Alabama Senate under the threat of a filibuster
Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence delayed a vote on his bill...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would require Nebraska abortion providers to give women information about possibly continuing their pregnancy after taking the first of two abortion drugs has won...
Nebraska headed for property tax showdown and ballot drive
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal that seeks to lower Nebraska's property taxes by raising other taxes will face its biggest hurdle yet on Tuesday when lawmakers begin debate on the measure against...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A natural resources district that maintains levees in the Omaha area and other parts of eastern Nebraska will lose its ability to issue bonds for flood projects at the end of...
Bill to legalize industrial hemp in Nebraska advances
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize industrial hemp in Nebraska has won first-round approval from state lawmakers.
The measure advanced Monday on a 37-4 vote despite a filibuster waged...
Democrats block GOP effort to shorten debate on nominations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP attempt on Tuesday to change Senate rules to limit debate time on most of President Donald Trump's nominees to just a couple of hours.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have allowed some convicted drug users to qualify for federal food assistance has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature.
2020 Democrats’ new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College
The Green New Deal and "Medicare for All" are old news. The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College.
RI Senate votes to eliminate filibuster
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state Sen. Sam Bell has likely held the last attempted filibuster in the state to oppose a new five-minute floor limit.
New litmus test for 2020 Democrats: Shake up Senate rules
WASHINGTON (AP) — The newest pressure point in the Democratic presidential primary isn't health care or climate change — though it could make or break future progress on those issues. It's an...
Nebraska senators maintain status quo on filibusters
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers aren't likely to make any changes this year to rules that determine how long senators can mount a filibuster to block bills they oppose.
A proposal to change the legislative rule was withdrawn Tuesday after lawmakers debated the issue. The proposal would have guaranteed a collective 10 ½ hours of extended debate during three rounds of consideration on each bill.
AP Explains: What happens if the Senate goes ‘nuclear?’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority, to go "nuclear" over funding for the border wall with Mexico.
Enough Republicans have said they oppose it to make it unlikely to be used to avoid a government shutdown. But what does that mean and why is it, well, nuclear?
House GOP slates vote on $15B Trump spending cut package
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead on a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in leftover spending, scheduling a vote after President Donald Trump took to Twitter to sell the idea.
A spokesman for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that the House will vote Thursday night on the measure, which had appeared to languish after Trump submitted it last month. The measure faces long odds in the Senate despite being immune to a Democratic filibuster.
South Carolina abortion ban bill dies in late-night vote
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Senate has effectively killed a ban on almost all abortions in the state, voting early Friday morning to return the bill to committee.
Five Republicans joined Democrats in the 24-21 vote, which came after Democrats held the Senate floor for an hours-long filibuster. The measure, now dead for this year, would only have allowed abortions in cases of rape, incest or risk of the mother's life.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina's Senate rejecting a ban on nearly all abortions (all times local):
After a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina failed, supporters and opponents of the bill are trying to find lessons from the debate.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a South Carolina Senate proposal to ban nearly all abortions (all times local):
South Carolina senators have voted to return for a rare Friday session as a debate over a ban on nearly all abortions in the state continues.
While the Senate failed in two votes to end the filibuster Thursday, they did decide to return on Friday instead of taking their typical four-day weekend.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators have started an abortion debate that Democrats warn they may filibuster until the session ends next week.
Senators took up the dismemberment abortion bill Tuesday.
The bill would outlaw a practice in which doctors use forceps to pull apart a fetus before removal from the womb.
Local View: Why can’t Nebraska enact tax reform? Filibusters play key role
Nebraskans have been debating how to change their tax code for over half a century. In recent years, multiple attempts for reforms have met their demise in legislative committee or the first round of debate.
With a property tax ballot initiative on the state’s door step this year, why couldn’t Nebraska deliver on tax reform?
Ricketts vows to keep working on property tax legislation
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts isn't giving up on his push to lower property taxes after his proposal to lawmakers stalled in this year's legislative session.
Ricketts pledged in an Associated Press interview to keep trying to build a contingent of supporters that's large enough to overcome senators who oppose it in next year's session. The governor's property and corporate income tax package was derailed by a filibuster during the 60-day session that ended Wednesday.
Nebraska legislators hung up on 5G wireless bill
LINCOLN — A bill the wireless industry says would help Nebraska ramp up for the next generation of high-speed communications hit a roadblock Wednesday and now appears stalled for the year.
Senators who opposed the bill said it would have allowed wireless companies to reap profits from public property while hamstringing the ability of local governments to control their right-of-way.
Conservatives, liberals stake out NAFTA deals
As negotiations over NAFTA heat up, liberals and conservatives have begun outlining what they want to see President Trump include in the new deal he strikes with Mexico and Canada.
Liberals say Mr. Trump should follow through on his campaign pledge to make the North American Free Trade Agreement better for workers by requiring signatories to raise their labor standards and improve their environmental rules.
Conservatives spot new tactic to pass bills without Senate filibuster
Some of the conservative movement's biggest names urged President Trump Thursday to use NAFTA negotiations as a way to get around a Democratic filibuster and push through major cuts to government regulations.
In a letter to the president, the conservatives urged him to tuck the REINS Act, which would give Congress a veto over any new major Executive Branch regulations, inside a newly negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.
Donald Trump threatens to nix DACA, NAFTA deals over illegal immigration
In a flurry of tweets Sunday, President Trump said he was pulling a DACA deal off the table and demanded Mexico help in deterring illegal border crossers or else he'd nix NAFTA.
The president fumed over Senate Democrats blocking his immigration agenda and funds for a border wall, calling for Republicans to end the filibuster rule that has allowed the chamber's Democratic minority to hold up his plans.
Compromise reached on Title X, filibuster overcome, budget advances, but not without harsh criticism
LINCOLN - Critics rail against it, but a compromise is reached, a filibuster is broken, and a budget bill moves into position for passage.
Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk comes to the legislative floor to announce a compromise had been reached on Title X federal family planning money.
“This is it folks,” Scheer tells legislators. “This is as good as it gets. I would hope that we don’t have to spend two hours on this.”
House delays vote on bill to track race in traffic stops
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives did not vote Tuesday on anti-racial profiling legislation, ratcheting up the stakes on what could be the final day of the legislative session.
Divided Senate delays vote on ethics exemption
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama Senate delayed a vote on a proposal to exempt economic developers from the state law that governs lobbyists.
Senators on Tuesday postponed a vote as the proposal threatened to get bogged down in an unrelated filibuster because an anti-racial profiling bill had stalled in the House of Representatives.
Senators had also engaged in contentious debate over whether the ethics exemption is a job recruitment necessity or a dangerous new hole in the ethics law.
Bills to address Nebraska’s prison overcrowding stalls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With limited time left in the legislative session, lawmakers hit a roadblock Tuesday in their efforts to address overcrowding and other problems in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
School choice bill in Nebraska Legislature unlikely to overcome filibuster
LINCOLN — Efforts to put state support behind private and parochial school students appear to be dead for the year.
Nebraska lawmakers moved on to other matters Friday, after spending three hours of passionate debate on Legislative Bill 295.
State Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, the bill’s sponsor, said it is unlikely that backers can find enough votes to end a filibuster and advance the measure. It would take votes from 33 of the 49 senators to cut off the extended debate.
Mike DeWine says he’s glad he helped save the filibuster. Ohio Matters: Episode 10
Mike DeWine says he's glad he helped save the filibuster. Ohio Matters: Episode 10
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican running for governor, is proud of the work he did preserving the filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
Bill to require vote for school building levies stalls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would require voters to approve or reject property tax levies for Nebraska school building projects has stalled in the Legislature.
Senators voted 18-12 on Thursday to force an end to a legislative filibuster, but supporters needed 33 votes. The vote effectively kills the bill this year.
Senate delays vote on church ‘Stand your Ground’ law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on a proposed revision of the state's self-defense law to clarify that deadly force can be used to defend someone in a church.
Senators delayed a Thursday vote after at least one senator threatened a filibuster.
Sen. Bobby Singleton said that the legislation is encouraging people to get "trigger happy."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A dispute over abortion and family-planning clinics is threatening to derail a Nebraska state budget bill.
Lawmakers remained at an impasse Wednesday after falling three votes short of the support needed to overcome a filibuster and force a vote on the measure.
The proposal from Gov. Pete Ricketts would prevent health clinics from getting federal family-planning money if they perform abortions or provide referrals to groups that do.
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James Lankford eyes speeding up nominations process by reforming filibuster rules
During his four years in the House, James Lankford kept looking across the Capitol at the Senate and figuring something was wrong.
Now, in the Senate himself, the Oklahoma Republican is determined to do something about it.
Internet sales tax bill in Nebraska Legislature dead for this year after filibuster
LINCOLN — Online shoppers won’t be forced to pay Nebraska sales taxes this year after the Legislature killed an Internet tax proposal on Thursday.
State lawmakers fell two votes short of cutting off extended debate on Legislative Bill 44, introduced by State Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse.