Stocks dropped on Monday as investors assessed equity valuations and the outlook for more Covid-19 relief stimulus, along with ongoing political turmoil.
Democrats will have a razor-thin Senate majority, and Manchin's opposition to $2,000 direct payments potentially jeopardizes their passage.
Congress is trying to finalize a coronavirus relief plan and needs to pass a funding bill before Saturday to prevent a government shutdown.
"When the country is in the hands of one party, some of the more ... aggressive behaviors of the party tend to take hold," Robert Johnson told CNBC on Thursday
Congress aims to pass another coronavirus relief package and a government funding bill this week as millions are set to lose benefits.
"It's not a perfect bill, but it is a compromise bill," GOP Rep. Tom Reed told CNBC, alongside Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer.
Bipartisan lawmakers are pushing a new stimulus plan as Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have made no progress on a coronavirus relief bill.
"If the Democrats can win both of these seats back, then they will be in control of the Senate," GOP pollster Frank Luntz noted.
"In my view, it's time for me to stay silent on impeachment until the process is complete," the Utah Republican senator says.
Barr faced scrutiny from lawmakers over how he would handle special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian election meddling.
Friday will mark the second payless payday for 800,000 federal workers
Wheeler, 53, has served as the acting head of the EPA since his predecessor, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, resigned under a cloud of ethics investigations in July.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat who was fighting for his political life, will live to see another day in the U.S. Senate. The lawmaker will defeat Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey, the state's attorney general, NBC News projects.
U.S. congressional candidates hammered into the homestretch of a bruising campaign season on Saturday.
Prognosticators believe Republicans have a strong grasp on the Senate even as massive fundraising numbers help Democrats in their bid to take the House.
The salvo against Democrats' "menacing" health-care goals comes less than 30 days before the midterm elections, and is explicitly directed at seniors who have historically shown high levels of support for Medicare, the over-65 health insurance plan.
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday as the 114th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, after the Senate voted confirm his nomination amid an emotional, weeks-long debate.
Collins revealed her decision Friday afternoon, hours after a key procedural vote in the confirmation process. Minutes after her announcement, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he would also vote yes on Kavanaugh.
Majority Forward, a nonprofit group that spends millions to get Democrats elected to the U.S. Senate, is sticking with Bredesen, even though his statement in support of the embattled judge Friday bucked the party line.
The Arizona Republican says he would support Kavanaugh shortly after he voted to advance the judge's nomination to a final vote, which is expected Saturday.