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Senate moving swiftly? It happens when lawmakers can do it

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., holds his first news confe...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., holds his first news confe...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate, better known for its glacial pace, is moving swiftly on nominations and legislation.

That's what a dose of bipartisanship and a desire to get out of Washington for August will do to a backlog. Late Tuesday, the Senate confirmed a new FBI director, Christopher Wray, and eight nominees for the Defense Department, including Richard Spencer to serve as Navy Secretary.

With Republicans and Democrats in agreement, the Senate also approved a pair of bills addressing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fix a looming budget crisis

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Senate was working to complete a bill on FDA user fees and confirm even more nominees.

The House recessed last Friday.


Updated : 2021-06-24 19:58 GMT+08:00