GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are joining forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through the Senate. Its expected easy passage will be a ra...

GOP lacks votes _ and appetite _ to end 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. J...

Liberals want Dem leader to crack whip on Kavanaugh vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats and their liberal allies in environmental, abortion rights and other groups are united in wanting to derail Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court va...

Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats say they'll initiate a federal lawsuit if their requests for documents from Brett Kavanaugh's days as a White House aide are denied. Republicans ha...

Senate study faults government care of migrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate study says the government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. with...

Could hard-right Supreme Court haunt GOP? History says maybe

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's of little worry for Republicans or solace for Democrats bracing for battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Yet history suggests that if Pres...

Dems will try forcing Senate vote against Trump health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will try forcing a Senate vote on overturning a Trump administration rule allowing insurers to sell short-term coverage that's cheaper but skimpier than policies under the ...

Senators privately reassure European allies on NATO support

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators has privately assured diplomats from NATO and other European nations of the Senate's support for the alliance. Participants said Wedn...

Senators seek answers about migrant family separations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their families and its str...

Senators want investigation of immigrant abuse allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want federal investigators to examine allegations that immigrants have suffered sexual, physical and emotio...

Lawmakers: DHS chief asserts family reunifications on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security secretary has met with Hispanic members of Congress and they say she told them officials are on track to meet a court-imposed deadline for reuniting hundreds of...

GOP, Dems focus on messages as summer recess, elections near

WASHINGTON (AP) — One House bill, backed mostly by Republicans, would repeal a tax imposed on some medical devices to help pay for President Barack Obama's health care law, a statute they despise. Wit...

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hoping to use health care as an issue in the fall's midterm elections will have to decide how they'll do it. One strain that's popular with liberals — pus...

House panel would provide $5b for Trump border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. That's well above the $1.6 billion the Senate version...

Senate GOP, Dems fight over Kavanaugh confirmation documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a Senate battle brewing over Democrats' requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's career. No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Corn...