Tag: Collins, Susan M

Same-Sex Marriage Bill on Track to Pass Senate After Bipartisan Breakthrough

WASHINGTON — The Senate was on track on Tuesday to pass landmark legislation to mandate federal recognition for same-sex marriages, in a rare last gasp of bipartisanship by a lame-duck Congress before Democrats lose their unified control of Capitol Hill. The bill’s expected passage would send it back to the House, where it would need […]

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The 12 Republicans Who Voted to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

A bill to provide federal recognition of same-sex marriages cleared a key hurdle in the Senate, with 12 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats to break a filibuster. The vote was, in one respect, a sign of some change within the Republican Party, which used to be almost wholly unified against same-sex marriage. Even though polling […]

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Alito Assured Ted Kennedy in 2005 of Respect for Roe v. Wade, Diary Says

Judge Alito did not seem to go so far in his confirmation hearings two months later, in January 2006. He was pressed then by senators on whether Roe was settled law but would not say. “It is a precedent that has now been on the books for several decades,” he said. “It has been challenged. […]

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Lawmakers Confront a Rise in Threats and Intimidation, and Fear Worse

WASHINGTON — In Bangor, Maine, an unknown visitor smashed a storm window at Senator Susan Collins’s home. In Seattle, a man who had sent an angry email to Representative Pramila Jayapal repeatedly showed up outside the lawmaker’s house, armed with a semiautomatic handgun and shouting threats and profanities. In Queens, a man who had traveled […]

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McConnell Endorses Electoral Count Overhaul, Lifting Chances of Enactment

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell endorsed a bill on Tuesday to overhaul how Congress counts electoral votes to confirm the results of a presidential election, significantly enhancing the prospects of enacting the most substantial legislative response yet to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The support from Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and […]

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House Passes Overhaul of Electoral Count, Moving to Avert Another Jan. 6 Crisis

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday took the first major step to respond to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, voting mostly along party lines to overhaul the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act, the law that former President Donald J. Trump tried to exploit that day to overturn his defeat. The bill was the […]

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Pitching G.O.P. on Gay Marriage Bill, Tammy Baldwin Leaves Nothing to Chance

WASHINGTON — Senator Tammy Baldwin, the soft-spoken liberal Democrat of Wisconsin, was on a plane home from Washington last month when she got word that Senator Ron Johnson, her home-state colleague and a stridently hard-right Republican, had said publicly that he would not oppose a bill protecting same-sex marriage rights. Seizing a rare moment in […]

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Pitching G.O.P. on Gay Marriage Bill, Tammy Baldwin Leaves Nothing to Chance

WASHINGTON — Senator Tammy Baldwin, the soft-spoken liberal Democrat of Wisconsin, was on a plane home from Washington last month when she got word that Senator Ron Johnson, her home-state colleague and a stridently hard-right Republican, had said publicly that he would not oppose a bill protecting same-sex marriage rights. Seizing a rare moment in […]

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Lawmakers Urge Electoral Count Changes to Fix Flaws Trump Exploited

WASHINGTON — Determined to prevent a repeat of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, backers of an overhaul of the federal law governing the count of presidential electoral ballots pressed lawmakers on Wednesday to repair the flaws that President Donald J. Trump and his allies tried to exploit to reverse the 2020 results. […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Considered Dead on Arrival, Gains New Life

WASHINGTON — It began for Democrats as a messaging vote, an election-year political maneuver to show voters that they were doing everything possible to protect marriage equality in the face of new threats from a conservative Supreme Court — and a move to force Republicans to put their opposition on the record. But when the […]

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Susan Collins: Reform the Electoral Count Act to Avoid Another January 6

Update: A bipartisan group of senators led by Senator Collins proposed new legislation on Wednesday to modernize the Electoral Count Act, which President Trump tried to abuse on Jan. 6, 2021. Imagine my surprise when on Jan. 6, 2017, I found out that I had received one electoral vote to be vice president of the […]

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Bipartisan Senate Group Strikes Deal to Rewrite Electoral Count Act

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators proposed new legislation on Wednesday to modernize the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act, working to overhaul a law that President Donald J. Trump tried to abuse on Jan. 6, 2021, to interfere with Congress’s certification of his election defeat. The legislation aims to guarantee a peaceful transition from one […]

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