Post Politics: Senate Democrats


Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Keystone XL opponents ask for study of its effect on public health

Democratic senators call on the State Department to study whether the pipeline would affect the health of people living near it.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Environment, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Angus King suggests he may caucus with GOP if it retakes Senate

Maine’s independent senator has always left open the door of switching allegiances in the interest of his state.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Cory Booker, Tim Scott team up for the first time

The two African American members of the U.S. Senate came to the chamber under similar circumstances but are on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014

House votes to repeal Obamacare work rule

Responding to concerns of business and workers, proposal repeals law’s definition of “full time” as 30 hours a week or more.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Senate Democrats push for minimum wage vote as GOP senator floats bipartisan deal

Democrats continue to stress “fair shot” messaging, while a key GOP broker suggests she might have a way to raise the minimum wage.

By Ed O'Keefe and Wesley Lowery  |  03:53 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Senate Democrats to unveil 2014 legislative game plan

None of the bills involved is expected to ever pass Congress. Instead, they will provide campaign talking points.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Harry Reid accuses Republicans of using Ukraine aid as bargaining chip

American campaign politics are now holding up U.S. foreign policy as Democrats and Republicans feud over new IRS rules on political groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Senators rally around Feinstein, demand answers from CIA

If true, “this is Richard Nixon stuff,” one senator says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:32 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, CIA, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Senate Democrats plan all-nighter tonight for climate change

It’s been in the works for months and will include some of the chamber’s most liberal members.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:35 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Mitch McConnell, Senate Democrats

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Senate rejects further revamp of how Pentagon handles sex assault

Emotionally-charged issue is a familiar one to senators who’ve been aggressively lobbied by two female colleagues.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, military, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014

More members respond to inquiries about shutdown pay

More lawmakers respond and reach out after The Post first published data Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Government Shutdown, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Max Baucus confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China

The senator’s departure will set off a round of musical chairs among Democratic committee chairmen.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz: Obama, Reid ‘dancing’ over GOP’s immigration push

Senator says that new focus on immigration could upset GOP chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Obama, Biden to address House Democrats next week

Their appearances will occur during the House Democratic policy retreat next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014

McCain: House GOP immigration ‘principles’ wouldn’t have happened ‘if Boehner hadn’t gotten control’

Senator suggests House Republicans’ discussion of immigration couldn’t have happened just a few months ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Campaign cash used to pay for some State of the Union guests

In some cases, lawmakers are using money raised for political purposes to pay for their invited guest to travel to Washington. And it’s legal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Barack Obama State of the Union 2014, campaign finance, Congress, Democrats, GOP, House, House Republicans, Obama, Obama SOTU 2014, Obama speech, Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, SOTU 2014, State of the Union 2014, state of the union address, White House

Posted at 09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Negotiators unveil new farm bill; vote expected this week

Bipartisan, budget-busting agreement will slash billions in spending and prop up 16 million farming jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014

Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days

Release of a final bill will cap years of difficult talks between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014

House approves HealthCare.gov security bill

Measure would require swift notification of people potentially affected by a security breach on the site.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Unemployment insurance extension struggles to find GOP support

Bipartisan proposal would cost $6.5 billion and most Republicans want a plan to pay for the extension.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:24 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 10:59 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Senate reaches deal on nominees, but delays vote on Janet Yellen

With recess fast-approaching, senators will confirm three more nominees, then go home.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:59 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Budget clears procedural hurdle in the Senate

Senate is expected to give final passage to the budget bill in the coming days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Glenn Close visiting Capitol Hill to advocate for mental health bill

The actress is joining a Hollywood campaign to pass new mental health legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Guns, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Senate to begin debating budget Tuesday, cancels Saturday session

Word of a possible agreement came as senators showed up before sunrise early Friday to hold another in a series of confirmation votes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Sen. Bill Nelson: I told AP not to run Robert Levinson story

Senator took interest in the case because Levinson is from his home state.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CIA, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Senate pulls an all-nighter to confirm Georgetown law professor to federal bench

The move comes as the chamber continues adjusting to new rules on confirmation votes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:13 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate; Senate Republicans; Senate Democrats; 113th Congress

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013

What lawmakers are talking about over the Thanksgiving recess

Every time lawmakers head home, party leaders give them suggested talking points and ways to earn local news coverage. Here are the Thanksgiving Week tips from both parties.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 11/02/2013

Chuck Schumer endorses Hillary Clinton for president: ‘If you run, you’ll win’

The announcement, made Saturday night in Iowa, comes remarkably early in the 2016 presidential cycle.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:47 PM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton; Campaign 2016, Senate Democrats

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Cory Booker sworn in as a U.S. senator

Booker becomes the sixth U.S. senator elected or appointed by New Jersey this century.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Support for ENDA grows in the Senate

The measure would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:42 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Feinstein ‘totally opposed’ to spying on foreign leaders

California lawmaker usually publicly defends the Obama administration’s spying programs. Not this time.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, NSA, Senate Democrats

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Harry Reid tells senators 'sit down and shut up'

Senate leader runs his mouth as he urges colleagues to quiet down.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:29 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Senate reconvenes with expanded Democratic majority

Of the 12 new senators joining up today, nine of them are Democrats -- but won't necessarily be reliable "yes" votes for Harry Reid.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Reid, senate, Senate Democrats