Author: TED BARRETT, CNN

McConnell opposes impeachment witnesses but supported them in 1999

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is arguing against witnesses giving testimony in the expected impeachment trial of President Donald Trump -- but he had a different view in 1999 when he advocated for a request by Republican House impeachment managers to have witnesses testify in the case against then-President Bill Clinton, a Democrat.

Returning lawmakers face tough choices, uncertain paths on Syria

President Donald Trump faced scathing bipartisan criticism for his decision last week to withdraw US forces from northern Syria. But it's unclear if Republicans are ready to directly rebuke the President by signing on to a resolution pushed by Democrats that would, in the words of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, "undo" the military moves of a President who is "simply derelict in his duty."

Chuck Schumer says Rudy Giuliani needs to testify under oath

The top Senate Democrat said Thursday President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, needs to testify before Congress after two of his associates -- who helped dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden -- were arrested and charged with trying to funnel foreign money into US elections.

McConnell backs $250 million to boost election security

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has long resisted Democratic calls to pass additional election security legislation, threw his support Thursday behind an amendment to provide $250 million in grants to states to bolster election security.

Key GOP senator: Budget deal will pass, but votes still being counted

Senate Majority Whip John Thune predicted Thursday that a spending caps and debt ceiling agreement will pass the chamber when it comes up for a vote next week, but he and other sources acknowledged Senate leaders are still whipping the vote and they are not taking anything for granted.

Dems say Washington isn't responding to election security needs

Senate Democrats emerged from a classified election security briefing Wednesday complaining the Trump administration is still not doing enough to thwart foreign actors like Russia from interfering in the 2020 US elections and Senate Republicans are not doing enough to beef up election security laws.

Senate may vote Friday to on Iran military action bill

Senate Republicans are scrambling to figure out the logistics of an unusual vote Friday that Democrats are insisting take place but most Republicans wish had happened earlier in the week so they could be gone for their July Fourth recess.

Democrats may filibuster defense bill to force vote on Iran

Senate Democrats are weighing whether to filibuster the annual defense policy bill that is on the floor this week to try to force a vote on an amendment that would require President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before launching war with Iran.

McConnell wonders why Jon Stewart is 'all bent out of shape'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly pushed back Monday against Jon Stewart following the comedian's complaints that the senator has not dealt "compassionately" with the health problems 9/11 responders have faced in the years following the terrorist attack.

Thad Cochran, longtime US senator, dies at 81

Former Sen. Thad Cochran, a soft-spoken but powerful Republican who represented Mississippi in Congress for more than four decades, died Thursday at age 81, his longtime spokesman Chris Gallegos said.