Richard Shelby

Why there's no Senate spending plan as deadline nears
CQ Budget podcast, Episode 117

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., are two key players in how the chamber will deal with fiscal year 2020 spending. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Republicans Ready to Limp Into Border Wall Fight
With Democratic votes needed, wall funding may not meet what Trump and House GOP want

From left, Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, conduct a news conference in the Capitol on Wednesday after the policy lunches. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Republicans say they are willing to join their House counterparts in a postelection fight over border wall funding but recognize that their chamber will be more constrained by the need for Democratic votes.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan predicted Monday that there would be a “big fight” in December on appropriating more money for President Donald Trump’s desired wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Wisconsin Republican wouldn’t foreshadow how that fight would play out, but he didn’t rule out a partial government shutdown as a potential outcome.

Spending Bonanza Heads to Senate Floor: Podcast
CQ Budget, Episode 73

Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., speaks with reporters last month. The Senate is expected to return this week and begin considering a roughly $857 billion fiscal 2019 spending package. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Republicans Became More Bipartisan in the Last Congress — Democrats, Not So Much
Report places Sen. Bernie Sanders as the least bipartisan senator

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, talk before a committee hearing. Collins was identified in a report as the most bipartisan senator of the 114th Congress. The report ranked Warren 88th. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats, once happy to rail against what they called obstructionist Republicans in the chamber, flipped positions with their friends across the aisle when it came to partisanship in the 114th Congress.

A new report from the Lugar Center and Georgetown University shows that most senators — almost two-thirds of the chamber — acted more bipartisan when it came to cosponsorships on bills during the most recent Congress, compared to the Congress before.

Wells Fargo CEO Apologizes for Sales Practices
Senate Banking chairman places some blame on regulators

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, center, prepares to testify at a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, about the company's unauthorized accounts opened under customers' names. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf said Tuesday he was “deeply sorry” about the bank’s creation of more than 1.5 million bank accounts without customer authorization and added that the bank holding company’s board “has the tools to hold senior leadership accountable, including me and Carrie Tolstedt.”

Tolstedt and her planned departure from the bank with well over $100 million in stock and options has been the focus of ire by Democrats and consumer advocates. She was the head of Wells Fargo’s community banking division where the alleged wrongdoing occurred.

This Nevada Primary Candidate Spent $62 Per Vote
Catherine Cortez Masto's campaign says this will pay off in November

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto spent about $62 per vote in winning her Democratic Senate primary in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If money can buy votes, there’s certainly some difference in market value.  

Senate primary candidates from the two major parties have spent as much as $62 and as low as 3 cents per vote received, according to a Roll Call analysis of Federal Election Commission disbursement filings for the primaries that have taken place to date. The three candidates who spent the most per votes all competed in the Nevada Senate race to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, which is rated a Tossup by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call.  

Republicans Shocked White House Won't Bite on Zika Funding
Obama, aides continue to demand $1.9 billion to fight virus

Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with a reporters as she leaves the Senate Republicans' policy luncheon on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Veteran Republicans are flabbergasted that the Obama administration has not once budged during four months of talks in demanding nearly $2 billion to fight the Zika virus outbreak, a posture that's helped stall emergency legislation.  

The White House and Democrats who participated in the talks say the sum, first requested in February, reflected what senior federal health officials determined is needed to track the spread of the disease, develop vaccines and study links between Zika and birth defects, among other tasks.  

Obama: Congress Should Delay Summer Break to Pass Zika Bill
Sticks by demands for full $1.9 billion in budget request

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., plays with 7-month old Max Huijbregts before the start of the Senate Democrats' news conference on May to demand emergency funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus in the United States. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Friday said lawmakers should pass a “good” bill to respond to the Zika virus outbreak before leaving for a lengthy summer recess while again insisting on a nearly $2 billion funding level Republicans have firmly rejected.  

After a meeting with top federal health officials, Obama told reporters that Congress should quickly hammer out and send him a spending bill he could accept when they return to Washington after the July 4 holiday.  

Trivia Tuesday
Your weekly dose of trivia

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Which senators are the only ones to have competed against each other in a Senate election yet still get elected within that same year in the same state?    

A) Maryland: Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski  

Pork Served Up on Hill as Pig Sleeps
Annual report on wasteful spending comes as lawmakers seek to restore pet projects in budget

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., tries to take a selfie with a pig before the start of the Citizens Against Government Waste news conference to release the 2016 Congressional Pig Book on pork spending. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers and a live pig in an American flag hat joined forces on Wednesday to expose pork-barrel spending in this year’s Congressional Pig Book.  

This year is the 24th edition of the Citizens Against Government Waste’s book, which documents spending on questionable projects that lawmakers inserted into the budget. The release is especially timely due to the attempts to restore earmarks from both sides of the aisle, according to the organization.