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Senators hope new ‘no fly, no buy’ gun bill finds bipartisan support

One day after efforts to advance gun-control measures in the Senate collapsed in partisan fighting, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise Tuesday that they hope can get a vote and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.... Read more»

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Senate takes up, then blocks, competing gun-control measures

The Senate had the opportunity to act on competing gun-control measures Monday, but proceeded instead to block action on any of the proposals in votes that fell mostly along party lines... Read more»

Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth

America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade.... Read more»

Lawmakers call for unity, prayer in aftermath of shootings

The reaction in Washington to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando was swift and nearly unanimous, as statements and social media posts offered prayers and condolences for what the president called “a horrific massacre” flooded the web.... Read more»

Az officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use

Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7M acres at Grand Canyon

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. ... Read more»

Man of the House? Not necessarily for Arizona's delegation

A review of how much members of Arizona’s congressional delegation pay staffers showed that every member had at least one woman among the top four jobs, and the three women who held the top job in each office earned salaries solidly in the middle of their male counterparts.... Read more»

Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding.... Read more»

Arizona senators cool to a vote on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

Arizona’s senators fell in line with other Republicans who said Wednesday that there should be no vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy until the next president is elected. ... Read more»

Flake, other border senators call for long-stalled vote on ambassador to Mexico

Arizona's Jeff Flake joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on their colleagues to stop blocking Roberta Jacobson’s nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saying “we need our top diplomat in Mexico.” Sen. Marco Rubio is among those blocking a vote.... Read more»

Lawmakers want to pull Arizona from 'over-sized' 9th Circuit

Arizona lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday that would pull Arizona and four other Western states out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and form them into a new circuit.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on Obama’s final State of the Union

Arizona Democrats welcomed Obama's "aspirational" speech, but Republicans called it everything from "fluff" to premature legacy-building by a lame-duck president.... Read more»

Operation Streamline

Tucson clergy interrupt immigration court

Nearly a dozen pastors interrupted federal court proceedings in Tucson on Monday, as part of an ongoing protest against a fast-track immigration prosecution system known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

Critics fault new highway law for concessions to trucking industry

A $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress includes several provisions aggressively sought by the trucking industry that, critics say, will undermine traffic safety. The long-awaited FAST Act removes truck safety ratings from a public website. It also creates a program to put drivers as young as 18 behind the wheel of a big rig if they have received military training.... Read more»

Ducey asks feds to fund state border 'strike force'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Monday to expand a "strike force" of state police to combat drug trafficking along the Arizona-Mexico border during a field hearing of a U.S. Senate committee in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Flake, McCain attack Pentagon funding sports teams as 'paid patriotism'

The Pentagon paid out at least $6.8 million in contracts to professional sports for honoring American soldiers at sporting events, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and his fellow Arizona senator, Jeff Flake. ... Read more»

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