Mar 9, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to run for Senate

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, announced Monday that he will run for Senate in 2020.

Why it matters: Bullock, a popular moderate in the state, will try to unseat first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines, as Democrats attempt to gain back control of the Senate in November — which will require them to flip four seats to gain a simple majority.

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Procedural vote on coronavirus stimulus fails for 2nd time in 24 hours

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A procedural vote on Senate Republicans' $1.8 trillion Phase 3 stimulus package failed on Monday for the second time in less than 24 hours.

The big picture: Patience is wearing thin on Capitol Hill as talks over providing desperately needed aid to Americans and businesses continue to stall.

Senate Republicans enter quarantine ahead of critical coronavirus vote

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More Republican senators entered self-quarantine on Sunday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a $1.8 trillion stimulus package intended to curb the economic impacts of the coronavirus. As of Sunday evening, Democrats in the House and Senate had not yet agreed to back the bill as proposed by Republicans.

Klobuchar suspends campaign, plans to endorse Biden

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will drop out of the 2020 presidential race on Monday and plans to endorse Joe Biden at a rally in Dallas, Texas, tonight, Axios has confirmed via two campaign sources.

Why it matters: The Minnesota senator’s exit follows Pete Buttigieg’s departure on Sunday, kicking off a consolidation of Democrats’ moderate contenders.