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CONFIRMATIONS: In Senate floor remarks on Thursday, Sen. @tedcruz  accused Democrats of an "abuse of power" for breaking Judiciary Committee rules to move forward the nomination of Vanita Gupta, President Biden's nominee for Associate Attorney General.

The conversation about #CarbonPricing  is heating up on the Hill. Senate Budget Committee heard testimony in a hearing from a number of advocates on Thursday. Short thread follows. @nick_sobczyk  #climatechange 

The Republican-led Florida Senate on Thursday passed a bill meant to crack down on rioting. But critics said the wide-ranging legislation, titled “Combating Public Disorder,” would criminalize peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.

@dwallacewells , deputy editor at New York Magazine, testified before a Senate panel Thursday on the staggering costs of continued delay on climate action

House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

Republican lawmakers handed Gov. Ron DeSantis one of his top legislative priorities Thursday, with the Florida Senate giving final passage to a contentious law-and-order measure spawned by nationwide protests after last year’s death of George Floyd.

In a debate that scrambled party lines and revealed deep divisions on how to treat substance use in Washington, the state Senate Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession.

House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

House Democrats were poised to pass legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

An effort to increase Florida’s much-criticized unemployment benefits, boosting the amounts and lengths of payments, continued to advance Thursday in the state Senate.

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By a vote of 78-20, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She’s expected to present her credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday.

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“On Thursday, in a conference call with a group of lobbyists, Mr. McConnell vented that the party’s Senate candidates are being financially overwhelmed because of small-dollar contributions to ActBlue, the online liberal fund-raising hub.”

Sen. Mike Lee said he first began feeling sick Thursday morning ― right around the time he was attending a nearly 90-minute Senate Judiciary Committee hearing without a mask on for at least part of the time.

The Senate gym where Rand Paul worked out today was actually CLOSED as part of the Architect of the Capitol’s Covid-19 mitigation efforts, per email sent to Senate offices on Thursday. Senators had continued to access it via the keypad. w @tedbarrettcnn  @FoxReports 

NEW: American intelligence officers have informed the Senate in recent weeks about a years-long Russian intelligence campaign to promote allegations of Ukrainian meddling in 2016. The same accusation Fiona Hill made Thursday. New details here:

One of the consequences of calling an election on a Thursday instead of Sunday is to stop Senate Estimates hearings. In my portfolio alone this shuts down questions to the CSIRO about the Adani approval and Murray Darling hearings scheduled for Friday now won’t happen. #ausvotes 

The Senate will have a chance Thursday to vote on 2 bills: 1. ’s plan. Not reasonable. Not a compromise. Never intended to pass. It’s merely an attempt to save face. 2. A clean bill to re-open government & provide disaster aid. Will finally join us?

Senate Democrats ignored Dr. Ford’s request for discretion and confidentiality and cheered on a public smear campaign based on uncorroborated allegations. I’m grateful to for handling this with seriousness and responsibility and scheduling Thursday’s hearing.

One by one, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are issuing statements demanding Kavanaugh vote be delayed and allow accuser’s claims to be fully investigated now that she’s gone public. Republicans still pushing ahead for Thursday committee vote

Reminder: Fired FBI Director Comey was scheduled to testify before Senate Intel on Thursday (h/t @MariannaNBCNews ):

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