Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, said he still supports expanding background checks for gun purchases, but does not think the measure will come to a vote - even after Las Vegas.
Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) call for "common sense" laws to ban "military-style weapons," limit the size of magazines and require background checks for all gun purchases. Casey, who once opposed new gun laws, changed his stance after the 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are among the biggest beneficiaries of the deduction for state and local taxes, which would be axed under the GOP plan. The tax break can save people in Philadelphia's suburbs thousands of dollars a year on their federal taxes.
In a nod to bipartisanship, Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has turned in his signed "blue slip" approving President Trumps nominee for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. The blue-slip custom allows senators to block federal-court nominees they oppose.
Despite having no formal office, the polarizing former Sen. Rick Santorum is in the middle of the latest GOP push to roll back the Affordable Care Act. With a critical deadline looming, he'll be back on Capitol Hill Monday to testify about the plan, continuing to play a role in the national debate more than a decade after losing his Senate seat.
Fresh off a near-political-death experience - winning reelection by 1.5 percentage points - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has dived into the two most contentious legislative battles of 2017, authoring conservative proposals and pushing his colleagues to go farther than many are first inclined. He began by pushing for sweeping Medicaid changes in the GOP's proposed health care overhaul, and now is pushing for a big, long-lasting tax cut plan.
Even if he wins his corruption trial, Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) still has to stand for reelection next year - and at least one poll shows that the daily headlines coming from the bribery case are taking a toll. A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 50 percent of New Jersey voters don't think Menendez deserves another term,
Chris Hurst planned to marry Alison Parker - until she was shot and killed on live television while reporting for Roanoke, Va., station WDBJ. Now Hurst, originally from Chester County, is running for office in a district that reflects many of the country's sharp political and cultural divides.
Rep. Dent's decision to retire raised questions about whether the GOP's centrist bloc is losing whatever influence it still has. Dent was the third moderate House Republican to choose to step aside as the party braces for difficult 2018 elections.
In a campaign launched this week, just as Sen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial began in Newark, Republicans pressed vulnerable Senate Democrats to say whether they will vote to expel Menendez if he is convicted. Potentially at stake is a reliably Democratic Senate seat at a time when Republicans have a narrow two-vote majority, and could use any extra margin to advance their agenda.
Charlie Dent, the Allentown congressman who has frequently clashed with President Trump and become one of the most prominent national voices for centrist Republicans, will not seek reelection next year, he announced Thursday night.
The decision ends the tenure of one of Pennsylvania's most visible members of Congress, one who was frequently at odds with his party.
Whatever the outcome of Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial, a high-stakes political scramble awaits, with a Democratic Senate seat on the line and potentially within Republicans' reach.
Sen. Pat Toomey will hold a town-hall meeting in Bethlehem Thursday night before an expected audience of 54 people, scheduling the event after months of pressure from liberals who have regularly protested outside his offices across the state.
While opening Toomey to questions from the public, the event will be a small one compared to other recent town halls, many of which have turned raucous.
The Senate is expected to weigh in on the federal debt limit, plans to keep the government funded and running and the National Flood Insurance Program.
If the New Jersey senator is convicted for corruption and forced from office, the result could tilt Washington's political balance by allowing Republicans to claim one more Senate seat.
The New Jersey Democrat added, "This is just one step. We have much work to do."
Expected to soon announce a run for U.S. Senate to challenge Democrat Casey, Barletta, who has four terms in the U.S. House and a relationship with the president, has never had to run in a race as expensive or expansive as the one he is likely to enter.
A self-described "counter-puncher," President Trump won with a campaign defined by what he was against - "Crooked" Hillary Clinton, bad trade deals, illegal immigration, the media. But as he crosses a critical marker early in his presidency, he has so far failed to advance or even articulate much of what he is for, and enters the summer recess with no major legislative accomplishments.
They introduced bills aiming to protect the special counsel leading the politically charged probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Crucially, both have teamed with Republican senators, increasing their chances of gaining traction.
His plan to legalize marijuana sets him up for a direct clash with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has urged a crackdown on drug offenses.
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