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  • Senator Alexander on Senator McConnells Record
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    Senator Alexander on Senator McConnell's Record

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) came to the chamber floor to discuss Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) becoming the longest-serving Republican leader, serving 11 years, 5 months and 10…

  • Minnesota Democratic Senator Tina Smith Delivers Maiden Speech
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    Senator Tina Smith Maiden Speech

    Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) delivered her first speech on the Senate floor., also known as the “maiden” speech She replaced Senator Al Franken (D-MN), who resigned in January 2018. She spoke…

  • Senators McConnell and King on Senator McCain
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    Senators McConnell and King on Senator McCain

    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor about his recent visit to Arizona to see SenatorJohn McCain (R-AZ), who continued to be treated for cancer in Arizona. He related stories…

  • Senate Rules Panel Approves Confirmation Procedures Resolution
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    Senate Procedures for Considering Nominations

    The Senate Rules and Administration Committee held a hearing to consider a legislative proposal, sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK), that would change procedures for the…

  • Christian Science Monitor Hosts Breakfast with Senator Corker
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    Christian Science Monitor Breakfast with Senator Corker

    Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was the featured speaker at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. He answered a variety of questions from reporters, including his role as chair of the Senate…

  • Senator Duckworth on Floor with Infant
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    Senator Duckworth on Floor with Infant

    Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrived on the Senate floor with her infant and voted “no” on the nomination of Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) for NASA administrator. A number of…

  • Former Hawaii Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka Dies at 93
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    Senator Akaka Farewell Address

    Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) gave his farewell address to the Senate.

  • After Words with Ira Shapiro
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    After Words with Ira Shapiro

    Former U.S. trade negotiator and senior Senate staffer Ira Shapiro argued that the U.S. Senate has lost its political center. He is interviewed by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

  • Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview
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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) talked about growing up in Hawaii, witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how that event affected native Hawaiians and led to the Senator’s service in the…

  • Washington Journal Ira Shapiro Discusses His Book About Fixing the Senate
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    Ira Shapiro on Fixing the Senate

    Former senior Senate staffer Ira Shapiro talked about his book, Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?

  • Tributes to Senator Cochran
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    Tributes to Senator Cochran

    Republicans and Democrats in the Senate paid tribute to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), who was retiring April 1, 2018. Senator Cochran concluded with his farewell address.

  • Senator Corker on Late Senate Votes
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    Senator Corker on Late Senate Votes

    In the moments before the Senate began a vote series including a final vote on the government funding bill, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) rose to ask Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) why the…

  • Senator Doug Jones Maiden Speech
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    Senator Doug Jones Maiden Speech

    Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) delivered his maiden speech on the chamber floor. He talked about his family and key issues facing the nation, including gun violence.

  • Senate Democratic Leader Schumer Delivers Remarks in Louisville
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    Senator Schumer Remarks at University of Louisville

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The center’s namesake, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

  • Pundits Discuss Political Partisanship and Senate
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    Partisanship and Senate

    Ira Shapiro, author of a book on the U.S. Senate, The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis, and other experts on the subject talked about partisanship in the chamber and its…

  • Senate Panel Reviews Confirmation Procedures
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    Senate Confirmation Procedures

    The Senate Rules and Administration Committee convened a hearing to discuss a resolution to improve the procedures for the consideration of executive and judicial nominees. The bill’s…

  • QA with Hendrik Meijer
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    Q&A with Hendrik Meijer

    Hendrik Meijer talked about his biography of former Republican Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg, Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.

  • Newsmakers with Senator Chris Van Hollen
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    Newsmakers with Senator Chris Van Hollen

    Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair, talked about the chances of his party gaining control of the Senate in the November 2018 midterm…

  • Leaders Open Second Session 115th Congress
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    Leaders Open Second Session, 115th Congress

    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opened the second session of the 115th Congress by welcoming the newest Senate members, Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and SenatorTina Smith (D-MN). He then discussed agenda…

  • Doug Jones and Tina Smith Participate in Mock Swearingin Ceremony
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    Senate Mock Swearing-In

    Following their official swearing-in on the chamber floor, Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tina Smith (D-MN) reenacted the ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber with Vice President Mike Pence,…

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