By Susan Ferrechio | 02/25/14 04:47 PM
The Senate will delay action on legislation to raise the minimum wage even as House Democrats plan to spotlight their support for a wage increase by trying to force the House Republican majority to bring a measure to a floor vote.
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/25/14 03:39 PM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he has “no hope” that Congress will be able to pass a comprehensive tax reform measure this year. McConnell, speaking to reporters after a private meeting with rank-and-file Republicans, blamed the hold up on Senate Majority Leader Harry...
By Zack Colman | 02/21/14 02:37 PM
A pair of senators are expected to introduce a revised energy-efficiency bill next week after contentious amendments derailed an earlier version when it reached the floor in the fall, Senate aides told the Washington Examiner. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have been...
By Associated Press | 02/15/14 09:37 AM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid it was "none of your damn business" who the Democratic governor appointed to fill Montana's vacant U.S. Senate seat. Refuting claims by state Republican Party officials that his appointment of John...
By Sean Lengell | 02/12/14 05:19 PM
A bipartisan deal in the Senate cleared a path to undo a scheduled cut to military pensions, as both parties agreed to drop their proposals and accept a House version. The Senate on Wednesday overwhelming approved a House-passed measure that pays to restore the veterans' benefits by extending...
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/12/14 04:08 PM
The Senate Wednesday approved legislation to raise the nation's debt limit, clearing the bill for President Obama's signature and setting aside the contentious debate over the nation's borrowing habit until well after the critical 2014 election. The vote was 55-43 on final passage of the...
By Associated Press | 02/08/14 12:47 PM
Four U.S. senators concerned about the sabotage of Silicon Valley's power grid and phone lines last April asked federal officials on Friday if mandatory security standards are needed.
By Charlie Spiering | 02/07/14 02:40 PM
Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh was already a Democratic candidate to replace Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who had planned to retire. But Obama nominated Baucus as ambassador to China, and Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he would appoint Walsh to the seat.
By David M. Drucker | 02/07/14 11:47 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is a throwback to an earlier era congressional leaders who dominated their chambers — and their home states and districts — with a combination of earned loyalty, favors given and favors returned, and the ability to inspire fear in people who would thwart...
By David M. Drucker | 02/07/14 11:43 AM
Democrats and Republicans have long debated how Reid managed to get such a tight grip on the upper chamber. But there is no debating this much: Nothing happens on the floor, or in committee, without the Nevada Democrat's approval.
By Brian Hughes | 02/07/14 11:40 AM
The White House and a growing number of congressional Democrats are pursuing different goals, even as President Obama heightens efforts to appease his liberal allies ahead of challenging midterm elections.
By David M. Drucker | 02/07/14 05:11 AM
Sen. Tom Coburn doesn't look like a man on his way out of town. The Oklahoma Republican just released a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, and he continues to filibuster spending bills as a part of his career mission to shrink government and rein in the national debt.
By Sean Lengell | 02/06/14 04:44 PM
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked proposals to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, the latest in a series of Democratic attempts to advance the issue and a setback for President Obama. Democrats, who have tried repeatedly to advance the bill since late last year, vowed...
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/04/14 10:19 PM
The Senate this week will make another attempt to pass an extension of federal unemployment insurance by tying the effort to a plan to restore military pension benefits. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a Thursday vote on a bill that would provide federal jobless pay for three...
By Washington Examiner | 02/01/14 05:14 PM
John Koskinen, the new IRS commissioner, is on the hot seat and would do well to follow the example of Johnnie Mac Walters, who held the same post when President Nixon occupied the Oval Office. After Nixon aide John Dean handed Walters an envelope with a list of some 200 individuals the...
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