Two new Democratic senators - Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota - are sworn in, bringing the Republican Party majority down to 51-49 (this number includes independendent senators that caucus with the Democrats).
Two new Democrats in the Senate narrow the Republican majority to the barest of margins.
Voters in Alabama go to the polls to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by current United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The race is between Roy Moore (R) and Doug Jones (D). 2017-12-12 (Context: Alabama, Democratic, Doug Jones, Republican Party, senators)
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announces the appointment of Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace resigning Sen. Al Franken in the United States Senate. 2017-12-13 (Context: Minnesota, Tina Smith, senators)
United States senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) file a bill restricting arms sales to the Philippine National Police over its drug war. 2017-05-5 (Context: Democratic, Republican Party, senators)
The Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives votes in favor of the repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and passage of the House's 2017 American Health Care Act, by a narrow, 217-213 vote. Twenty Republicans and all Democrats opposed the bill, which now heads to the United States Senate for its legislative action. 2017-05-4 (Context: Democratic, Republican Party, senators)
The U.S. Senate confirms Donald Trump's appointment of his former opponents in the presidential primaries, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Governor of Texas Rick Perry, as Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development and Energy respectively, with the support of all Republicans and some Democrats. 2017-03-2 (Context: Democratic, Republican Party, senators)
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