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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 12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘I believe that it’s a winner’

House Democratic leader also scolds a reporter, reminding him to refer to the law by its proper name.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

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 06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

More information released on lawmakers who donated after shutdown

Revelations come after The Post reported on members of the House and Senate who gave money after the 16-day impasse.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

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 02:49 PM ET, 02/27/2014

DNC launches voter expansion push with a hand from Bill Clinton

Democrats are pushing back against laws they see as overly restrictive.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:49 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Democrats begin push to force vote on minimum wage

They hope that collecting signatures for a rarely used procedural tactic will put pressure on Republicans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress; House Democrats

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama knocks GOP for fighting unionization of Tenn. VW employees

President wades into a fight with Tennessee Republicans concerned about the state’s business-friendly image.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, Obama

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama says little about House Democrats winning races this year

The little he did say contrasted sharply with what he told them a year ago in the same setting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Biden: ‘There isn’t a Republican Party’

Vice president starts laying out Democratic arguments for the upcoming midterm elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Joe Biden

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Obama commits to six more fundraisers for House Democrats

President’s draw may help Democrats maintain a cash edge over GOP campaign committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Biden cancels, dozens of House Democrats skipping annual meetings

The absentee rate is notable because President Obama is planning to visit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Democrats cheer new Obamacare enrollment figures

Leaders say new numbers show that the American public is catching on.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Obamacare

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014

What are House Democrats discussing at their retreat this week? Here’s the agenda

Topics include immigration reform, job creation, and how to win the votes of unmarried women.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, Immigration

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 11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Farm bill passes House, heads to Senate for final approval

The measure now moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to easily pass later this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

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 02:13 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Weiner hopes to ‘keep the band together’

The embattled former congressman returns on Facebook.

By Emily Heil  |  02:13 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats

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 05:53 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Center for American Progress releases donor list

The move comes as think tank chair John Podesta prepares to assume a top White House post.

By Holly Yeager  |  05:53 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, White House

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 01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013

At deaf caucus meeting, jokes about Mandela interpreter

Joking aside, the group is forming to address concerns of the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

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 05:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed

New York freshman is the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.

By Ed O'Keefe and Clarence Williams  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013

House approves ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’

Proposal dramatically undercuts the new health-care law and comes as GOP attempts to divide Democrats on health-care.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

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 05:47 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Tom Foley remembered, as his colleagues beg for civility

The tribute served as memorial to former House leader -- and a public plea for civility among the nation’s current leaders.

By Ed O'Keefe and Philip Rucker  |  05:47 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House 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 01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Two Republicans drop out of House ‘Group of Seven’ immigration talks

Bipartisan working group on immigration shrinks as two GOP members say they can’t trust the president on the topic.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 09/19/2013

House approves GOP plan to slash food stamp funding

House Republicans narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food stamp program Thursday that would slash about $39 billion in funding over the next decade

By Ed O'Keefe and Niraj Chokshi  |  06:22 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

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 05:06 PM ET, 03/21/2013

DNC continues to bleed money

Rather than paying off the $20 million it racked up in the 2012 election, the DNC continues to go further into the red.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:06 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Seven Democratic senators push to maintain family visas

Two Democratic senators are asking a bipartisan group of colleagues to reconsider plans to eliminate some categories of family visas as the group finalizes a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.

By David Nakamura  |  03:53 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, immigration, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Hillary Clinton comes out in support of gay marriage

Her position has evolved, she says, both from personal experience, her experience as the nation's top diplomat and her love of the law.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  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