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  • Senate confirms two Federal Reserve nominees

    The Senate confirmed two candidates to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of board members to five just one week before the central bank's next monetary policy meeting. Next week's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee will be the first...

  • Vote on Keystone XL pipeline set for Senate panel

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that failed to get to the floor last month after negotiations regarding an energy-efficiency measure collapsed.

  • Senate passes bill aimed at cutting wait times for VA patients

    Responding to public outrage over reports of widespread mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, the Senate on Wednesday passed legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support that would make it easier for veterans to receive VA-paid treatment from private doctors. The bill,...

  • Senators discussing deal to nix Obama's FERC nominee

    Senate lawmakers are discussing a deal that would in effect subvert President Obama's pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by instead making acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur the official commission head. Senators close to the process say they are exploring a move that would...

  • Senate Republicans poised to block Democratic student loan bill

    A Democratic plan to lower student loan interest rates and pay for it with a tax increase will go nowhere in the Senate, Republicans said Monday. The Senate this week is expected to vote on legislation sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and endorsed Monday by President Barack Obama,...

  • Why these Republicans weren't happy with a plan to draft Sarah Palin

    An online campaign to draft Sarah Palin into running for the U.S. Senate was a long-shot. Some Republicans say it was also an unnecessary distraction -- and probably nothing more than a ruse to raise money by an obscure Tea Party organization.

  • Michelle Nunn stumbles in new Georgia Senate polling

    Poll results released by SurveyUSA on Monday bode ill for Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn in Georgia. In head-to-head matchups against the two Republican candidates who qualify for a July 22 runoff election, Nunn comes out behind.

  • Poll watch: GOP candidate leads in Iowa race that could flip U.S. senate

    In an election battle that could play a pivotal role in flipping control of the U.S. Senate, Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, holds a slim lead over Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, according to a GOP pollster. Ernst currently leads Braley 49 percent to 44 percent, according to a new report...

  • Thad Cochran shifts gears in bid to pull runoff upset against Tea Partier

    Sen. Thad Cochran and his allies are retooling their campaign strategy in a furious bid to survive Mississippi's June 24, GOP primary runoff. Insurgent conservative Chris McDaniel, a state senator, led Cochran by just under 1,400 votes with most precincts reporting after last Tuesday’s...

  • Senate fight over student interest rates starts this week as House debates Veterans Affairs fix

    The Senate will consider legislation to lower Student loan interest rates this week, while House lawmakers debate measures to cut taxes for small businesses and consider bills aimed at privatizing and reforming veterans' health care. While legislation churns through both chambers, lawmakers...



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