The Hill: Senate 8 April 2018

Senate braces for showdown over Trump’s nominees

The Senate is barreling toward a showdown over President Trump’s latest Cabinet shuffle, with three critical departments looking for new leaders and more that could follow.Republicans are preparing for a weeks-long battle as they try to confirm CIA...

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McCain: Assad 'emboldened' by Trump signaling Syria withdraw

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday lamented that President Trump's recent talk of withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria appears to have "emboldened" Syrian President Bashar Assad following a reported chemical weapons attack on Saturday.“...

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Dem senator: GOP the only major political party dedicated to making climate change worse

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on Sunday tore into the Republican Party over its stance on climate change."The Republican Party is the only major political party on the planet that is explicitly dedicated to making climate change worse," he tweeted."...

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Trump sends mixed signals on Syria amid calls for action

Lawmakers on Sunday urged President Trump to take action in response to a reported chemical attack in Syria that comes as Trump pushes for a draw down of U.S. troops in the war-torn nation.Senators in both parties pressed Trump to act amid reports...

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Senate uncertain how to proceed on dual Trump nominations for White House physician: report

Some lawmakers are unsure how to proceed with President Trump’s pick for Veterans Affairs secretary because he also has a pending military promotion, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Trump nominated Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to...

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Senate Dem: There must be an international response to Syria chemical attack

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in a Sunday show interview called for an “international response” to the reported chemical attack in Syria.“Clearly there needs to be a response, it needs to be an international response,” Cardin told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”...

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GOP senator: Pruitt should face the press

Republican Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Sunday that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt should face the press amid his mounting controversies. “I would do a full blown press conference and say 'OK...

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GOP senator on Facebook: 'We have a problem'

Republican Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Facebook has “a problem” with privacy and propaganda.“We have a problem. Our promised digital utopia has minefields in it. Mr. Zuckerberg has not exhausted himself...

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Collins: Trump should get credit for China tariffs

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday that President Trump should get credit for his tariffs on China, but warned it should be done more cautiously. "I think we need a more nuanced approach, but I give the president credit for levying...

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Collins: Pruitt is the wrong person to head the EPA on policy grounds alone

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that she doesn't believe Scott Pruitt is the right person to be leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."On policy grounds alone, I think Scott Pruitt is the wrong person to head the EPA," Collins...

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Collins: Trump is going to have to reconsider withdrawal from Syria after reported chemical attack

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday that President Trump is going to have to reconsider his plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria following an alleged chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians. "I think the president is...

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