Government officials testified to lawmakers that coronavirus-related relief has been a popular target by schemers trying to defraud the federal government.
"Can you imagine if [John] McCain were around right now?" said the general who oversaw the military response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I don't think he would be too happy with things going on right now."
Republicans, already hesitant to dole out more federal relief as the country reopens, view the encouraging numbers as justification to delay—or forgo altogether—additional spending.
"Let us pass this piece of legislation today of all days. Let's give a headline tomorrow or something that will give hope to this country that we can get it right," Senator Cory Booker said.
The condemnation from former Defense Secretary James Mattis and the GOP senator add to the growing list of politicos and military figures who have denounced Trump's handling of the civil unrest that has sparked in cities from coast to coast over the death of a black man by a white police officer.
Though they initially gave the cold shoulder to the idea of extending the $600 per week bonus past its July 31 deadline, Senate Republicans are warming to the idea of stretching the extra payout period while reducing the benefit.
Lawmakers are split on how to address the strained relationships that persist between law enforcement and communities of color.
Their comments came despite video evidence and first-hand accounts showing a non-hostile crowd that was dispersed by riot shields, rubber bullets, tear gas and police horses so the president could walk across the street to pose for the photo with a Bible in his hand.
The resolution, which also accuses the president of "violating the constitutional rights of those peaceful protesters," is expected to be blocked by Republicans.
While the Democratic presidential primary has all but been determined, members of Congress in both parties are up against some tough primary races. And the key congressional contests will come as a test for November on whether America can successfully—and safely—vote during a health crisis.
A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the pandemic has devastated U.S. businesses and spending to the extent that it will shrink the country's gross domestic product by nearly $8 trillion over the next decade.
In the eyes of many in Congress and the Trump administration, China has painted a target on its own back.
The move to nix a vote that would reauthorize expired portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act comes after a collapse of broad support for legislation that was the culmination of months of negotiations between the White House, the Justice Department and Congress.
President Trump has repeated a debunked conspiracy theory that falsely claims Joe Scarborough committed murder in 2001 against a woman who worked in his office when he was a Florida congressman.
Under Senator Rob Portman's proposal, the federal government would pay $450 a week to those who return to the workforce. Republicans have argued that the extra $600 per week jobless bonus now in place is a disincentive for people to go back to work.
The Kentucky Republican has said in recent weeks that he is eyeing another stimulus worth around $1 trillion, which is unlikely to include another round of individual checks for Americans.
The votes will mark the first time in American history that members will not have to be physically present on the floor for their position to be officially counted.
A current shelter-in-place order prohibits churches from congregating. But as public pressure mounts on state and local leaders across the country, a church and its bishop wants the nation's highest court to weigh in on the legal dispute.
The trial pause comes the day after the president revealed he was no longer taking the unproven coronavirus treatment and prevention method that health experts and officials—including within the Trump administration—have warned not to use.
The president's solemn events on Monday honoring the men and women who gave their lives to defend American freedom were in stark contrast to how he spent the rest of his Memorial Day weekend.
Between out-fundraising his Republican opponent, the state's political makeup and the absence of a Democratic candidate, the independent has caught the eye of the Democratic Party.
Kevin Hassett said the probability of another stimulus package is "pretty likely," an acknowledgement that more action will need to be taken to help lift the economy out of its Depression-era unemployment amid a bleak April jobs report released Friday.
Unlike previous coronavirus stimulus packages, where lawmakers across the board felt they were direly needed, this one will likely feature a more strenuous political battle with tedious negotiations.
Republican senators are looking to pass new relief legislation before the July Fourth break.
The $50,000 ad-purchase is a direct rebuke to President Trump and will come during his trip to a Ford Motor Co. manufacturing plant in Michigan and amid false claims about voting by mail.
The lack of a bipartisan deal between the political adversaries over who should lead a panel to oversee pandemic relief has the potential to delay and even hamstring its oversight efforts.
The measure, approved by unanimous consent, would bar companies under foreign government control from appearing on U.S. stock exchanges.
The effects of anything Congress does pass will likely not be felt for months to come, with potential legislation still weeks away from being approved. Still, some GOP senators said following a meeting with President Trump that there is growing acceptance among them that more relief is inevitable.
"What Congress has done to date has been remarkably timely and forceful," Jerome Powell told senators. "I do think we need to take a step back and ask over time: Is it enough?"