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Mitch McConnell steps down as Senate Republican chief

Congress has voted to go a stopgap spending invoice, once more averting a authorities shutdown and prompting pro-Trump Republican anger at House Speaker Mike Johnson.

The persevering with decision will preserve the federal government open till 8 March. The invoice got here as half of a bigger settlement from Mr Johnson, Senate majority chief Chuck Schumer, Senate minority chief Mitch McConnell, and House minority chief Hakeem Jeffries to vote on six of the 12 pending spending payments by that date.

The invoice handed within the House by 320 to 99 with Democrats making up the majority of help. Similarly, the Senate authorized the invoice 77 to 13.

The race to interchange Mr McConnell as GOP chief within the Senate is underway following his announcement that he’ll retire. Senator John Cornyn was first to announce his intentions.

Meanwhile, House GOP lawmakers are scrambling to try to justify the premise for his or her flailing Biden impeachment inquiry after yesterday’s deposition by Hunter Biden. Doubts over its prospects are rising.

Finally, President Joe Biden and Donald Trump each visited the southern border on Thursday in an try and seize the narrative round immigration forward of their presidential match-up later this 12 months.

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Trump Republicans blast spending invoice as authorities shutdown averted… once more

Eric Garcia filed this report from Capitol Hill final night time:

The persevering with decision will preserve the federal government open till 8 March. The invoice got here as half of a bigger settlement from Mr Johnson, Senate majority chief Chuck Schumer, Senate minority chief Mitch McConnell, and House minority chief Hakeem Jeffries in addition to the management on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to vote on six of the 12 spending payments by 8 March.

The invoice handed within the House by 320 to 99 – Republicans being cut up on the matter and Democrats making up many of the help for the settlement. Only two House Democrats voted towards the laws. Similarly, the Senate voted 77 to 13 on the stopgap funding invoice to move to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 15:20

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Cornyn first to throw hat in ring to interchange McConnell

Mr Cornyn, an in depth ally of the minority chief, launched a press release asserting his candidacy during which he pledged to finish “backroom deals” and provides members satisfactory time to learn laws earlier than it’s voted upon.

“I believe the Senate is broken – that is not news to anyone. The good news is that it can be fixed, and I intend to play a major role in fixing it,” stated the Texas Republican on Thursday.

John Bowden stories from Washington, DC:

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 14:45

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Read the complete Hunter Biden testimony transcript

The full transcript of Hunter Biden’s proof to House Republicans has been launched, following his six-hour testimony held behind closed doorways.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 14:35

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Might North Carolina flip blue in 2024?

For the final three presidential election cycles, North Carolina, a red-leaning state, has favoured the Republican presidential candidate. But a January evaluation by Moody’s suggests it might flip in 2024.

It initiatives that the assumed Democratic nominee President Joe Biden will flip North Carolina in Democrats’ favour by lower than a proportion level.

It’s no secret that North Carolina’s crimson has appeared extra purple in recent times. Mr Trump barely secured the state in 2020, profitable by a margin of 1.3 per cent. Republicans solely narrowly gained a Senate seat within the 2022 midterms by 3.2 per cent.

Republicans at the moment have management over the legislature however the governor is a Democrat. With an citizens that’s virtually utterly cut up between the 2 events, neither one can afford to lose any votes.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 13:45

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Fox News hit with demand to stroll again Biden corruption claims

In a letter despatched to Fox News executives, White House spokesperson Ian Sams accused the right-wing community of failing to “retract, correct, or update its reporting” on a false allegation made by FBI informant, Alexander Smirnov, a few bribery scheme price tens of millions involving the Bidens, in line with CNN.

The declare, which has been central to makes an attempt by Republicans to question the Bidens in Congress, was later discovered to be false.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 13:15

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Biden challenges Trump to ‘join me’ as he urges Congress to go border invoice

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 12:15

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Which members of Congress aren’t in search of re-election in 2024?

If a presidential election 12 months wasn’t sufficient in Washington DC, this 12 months can even see lots of new faces in Congress, as many members have determined to not search re-election, with many citing frustration with the chambers’ productiveness as their purpose for stepping down.

Eight Senators and 42 Representatives have introduced their intentions to step down from their present publish in 2024, with some working for various elected positions and others leaving politics altogether. Some of these might nonetheless run for his or her present seats if they don’t win main elections.

The mass Congressional exodus contains a number of controversial seats, which might alter the management of every chamber and quite a few Committee chairs.

Here is a listing of each member of Congress who has introduced that they gained’t search re-election in 2024:

Kelly Rissman1 March 2024 11:15

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Trump Republicans blast spending invoice as federal authorities shutdown averted… but once more

The persevering with decision will preserve the federal government open till 8 March. The invoice got here as half of a bigger settlement from Mr Johnson, Senate majority chief Chuck Schumer, Senate minority chief Mitch McConnell, and House minority chief Hakeem Jeffries in addition to the management on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to vote on six of the 12 spending payments by 8 March.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 09:15

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Senator Cornyn turns into first Republican to announce bid to interchange McConnell

Mr Cornyn, an in depth ally of the minority chief, launched a press release asserting his candidacy during which he pledged to finish “backroom deals” and provides members satisfactory time to learn laws earlier than it’s voted upon.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 07:15

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GOP lawmakers balk at Trump taking part in a task within the combat to interchange McConnell

Eric Garcia report from Capitol Hill:

After they obtained over the preliminary shock of McConnell’s announcement on Wednesday, the race to interchange him – specifically among the many “Three Johns,” Senate Minority Whip John Thune, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso and Senator John Cornyn of Texas – has begun at a fast tempo. Friends of The Independent’s Inside Washington publication Stef Kight and Stephen Neukam at Axios reported that Trump desires National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Steve Daines of Montana to run for the job.

But Republicans expressed scepticism about Trump taking part in a task in changing McConnell, his longtime nemesis.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2024 05:15

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-biden-border-immigration-news-2024-b2505389.html