Post Politics: senate


Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Congress returns with one goal: Do no (political) harm

Fewer than 200 days remain until Election Day, with a handful of things left to do.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Immigration, Senate

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Sen. John Boozman expected to make full recovery

Senator leaves hospital to monitor tornado recovery efforts while his surgeon says he’s doing “doing amazingly well” after emergency heart surgery.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 04/24/2014

John Boozman moved out of intensive care following heart surgery

The senator from Arkansas continues recovery from emergency heart surgery.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:09 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 04/24/2014

22 Senate Republicans express ‘grave concerns’ on deportation review

Letter comes as administration reconsiders what to do about deportations.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:37 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Immigration, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Sen. John Boozman suffered ‘acute aortic dissection’

The senator from Arkansas underwent emergency heart surgery on Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/22/2014

John Boozman has emergency heart surgery

The junior senator from Arkansas has held the seat since 2011.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 04/22/2014

38 GOP lawmakers join Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

Legislators including Ted Cruz, John McCain and Marsha Blackburn sign on after conservative groups urge Republicans to sign a friend-of-the-court brief.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:16 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Marco Rubio announces staff changes sure to fuel 2016 talk

His chief of staff will shift to run the senator’s PAC, a move that will fuel talk about Rubio’s political future.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  03:37 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Senate, Senate Republicans

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 01:22 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Vance McAllister scandal a reminder that harassment policies vary on Capitol Hill

Unlike federal agencies and most of the private sector, there is no blanket policy requiring sexual harassment training for new House and Senate employees.

By Ed O'Keefe and Emily Heil  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

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 04:15 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Senate passes Cruz-backed bill to bar Iran’s U.N. ambassador

Measure would bar Iran’s new ambassador to the U.N. from entering the United States.

By Robert Costa and Ed O'Keefe  |  04:15 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran, Senate

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Democrats call Hayden’s ‘emotional’ comment about Feinstein sexist

Colorado senator calls former CIA director’s comments “beyond the pale.“

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:32 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CIA, Senate

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 01:03 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Harry Reid calls for expansion of gun background checks in response to Fort Hood shooting

But Senate leader admits he still lacks the support needed to expand the program.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns; 113th Congress, Senate

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 09:34 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Two key senators say they will vote to declassify parts of CIA report

Susan Collins and Angus King had been considered the critical swing votes on the 15-member panel.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:34 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Senate launches debate on extending unemployment insurance

Senators agree to begin considering a bipartisan proposal, but its fate in the House remains uncertain.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Congress moves toward approval of Ukrainian aid deal

Package expected to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees and about $150 million in direct U.S. assistance.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Ukraine

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 11:29 AM ET, 03/25/2014

McConnell: Reid ‘injects hyperpartisanship’ into Ukraine debate

Senate leaders spar over Ukraine aid as the House and Senate continued debating competing bills Tuesday with no signs of resolution.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Harry Reid accuses GOP of helping Russia annex Crimea as Ukraine aid deal clears procedural hurdle

Comments come as proposed aid package for Ukraine clears a key procedural hurdle in the Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Reid asks CIA to let Senate investigators probe computers

Senate leader dismisses as “patently absurd” suggestions that staffers improperly accessed classified information.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Boehner has ‘serious concern’ with Senate unemployment insurance deal

House speaker cites concerns of state workforce officials who say the agreement might take too long to implement.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Obama, lawmakers sing ‘Wild Rover’ at Friends of Ireland Luncheon

They sang along at one of the rare moments when top political leaders break bread together.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 03/13/2014

McCain: ‘Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans’ if you oppose Senate Ukraine aid deal

Senator blasts fellow Republicans who oppose a Senate aid package for Ukraine.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:16 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans, Ukraine

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 09:03 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Senators conclude all-night climate change talkathon

Democrats spend about 15 hours talking about the issue, but not actually debating any legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

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 09:59 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Dalai Lama visits Capitol Hill and prays in the Senate: ‘May there be joy in the world’

The Tibetan spiritual leader is a frequent guest of lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe and Wesley Lowery  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/05/2014

McCain, Rubio agree with Clinton’s Putin-Hitler comparisons

But one of them believes Clinton still deserves blame for the deterioration of the U.S.-Russian relationship.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Dalai Lama to give Senate opening prayer Thursday

He will step in for the Senate chaplain, who often invites visiting religious leaders to give the opening prayer.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Congressional support builds for $1 billion Ukraine aid package

Lawmakers expected to approve a loan package and possible sanctions in the coming days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Ukraine aid package, sanctions possible, lawmakers say

Package could be approved as early as next week, according to aides.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:29 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Senate postpones votes until Wednesday due to snow

A series of confirmation votes are scheduled to occur this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

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

Congress is taking a snow day Monday

The House and Senate won’t meet Monday, aides to top leaders say.

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

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 10:24 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Bob Corker: Obama’s GOP outreach ‘was optics,’ Senate in ‘death spiral’

Senator who’s long sought to cut deals with Democrats now says he won’t waste his time talking to the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, President Obama, Senate Republicans

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Boehner on tax reform: ‘Blah, blah, blah blah’

The speaker says a tax reform proposal released this week is a good start -- but he doesn’t want to get into details.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Senate Republicans, tax reform

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014

On debt limit, Reid credits Boehner for ‘doing the right thing’

Reid praises Republican House leadership for bringing forward “clean” debt bill.

By Wesley Lowery  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Patty Murray to run for reelection in 2016

The fourth-ranking Senate Democrat plans to seek a fifth term in 2016.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Ted Cruz: GOP needs to ‘think bigger than Keystone’

In speech Monday, senator plans to begin shifting focus to topics other than the health-care law by focusing on energy policy.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2016, Senate, 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 03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Farm bill passes after three years of talks

The $956.4 billion measure dramatically overhauls the nation’s farm and nutrition policies and will mean notable cuts to food stamp funding.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Farm Bill, House, Senate

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 12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Drama of the State of the Union, with a reality-TV side show

For the first time in the history of State of the Union addresses, a reality television star nearly upstaged the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, State of the Union

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 02:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Reid: State of the Union ‘isn’t going to be very long’

Senate leader admits he’s dozed off during previous presidential addresses to Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

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 06:23 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill

The bill’s passage guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1.

By Lori Montgomery  |  06:23 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/16/2014

McCain responds angrily to report on drones

Citing Post story, senator excoriates appropriators for making significant policy decision in secret.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014

House approves spending measure, sending it to the Senate

Agreement now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve the deal by Saturday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Senate confirms Obama’s final pick to serve on key federal court

The nomination is one that helped spark the Senate rules and a fresh round of partisan acrimony.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:25 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, confirmation fights, Senate

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 11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Omnibus spending bill to be finalized this weekend, top appropriator says

Senior appropriator says an agreement should be finalized this weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate

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 02:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Senate ends session with more battle over 2013 nominations

By Paul Kane  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Harry Reid hospitalized

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D- Nev.) was hospitalized early Friday after not feeling well, according to his office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:08 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

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 01:03 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Reid: Unemployment insurance first on Senate’s 2014 to-do list

The Senate majority leader said that a bipartisan plan to extend the benefits for three months will get a vote on Jan. 6 or 7.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate

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 02:48 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Budget agreement poised to advance in the Senate

Several Republican senators signaled they’re likely to help the measure clear procedural hurdles, even if they ultimately vote against it.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, 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 11:16 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Farm Bill won’t be approved until January

Whether or not Congress needs to pass a formal extension of current policy remains an open question.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Senate confirms Patricia Millett, Mel Watt using new majority rules

One of Obama’s judicial picks and another to lead a federal housing agency are confirmed.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  05:57 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Gillibrand wants vote on military sex assault bill ‘right away’

But a vote likely won’t come until some point in 2014.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, US military

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Senate postpones Monday votes

The U.S. Senate postponed a series of votes scheduled for Monday evening due to inclement weather in Washington.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:03 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes successful gall bladder surgery

Procedure comes less than a year after senator made an emotional return to the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:10 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Senate Republicans; 113th Congress

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Farm Bill talks resume today among House, Senate negotiators

There is agreement over vast portions of the omnibus measure, but significant disagreements remain in key areas.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Farm Bill, House, Senate

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 02:05 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Harry Reid: Senate will look at stronger Iran sanctions in December

Senate leader says his chamber will continue reviewing the possibility of new sanctions against the Iranian government.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:05 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, iran, Senate

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 11/23/2013

John Cornyn: Iran deal designed to ‘distract attention’ from health-care

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:50 PM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, iran, Senate Republicans

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Marco Rubio to vote against Janet Yellen as Fed chair

Florida senator one of at least five Republicans expected to vote against Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Senate fails again to proceed with defense bill

If the Senate fails to move forward with the bill this week, it could be the first year without a measure setting military policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:15 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Senior senators signal concern with current Iran talks

Letter of concern comes as President Obama sought to stop senators from considering new sanctions on Iran.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran, Obama, Senate

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Senate Republicans block another Obama court pick

It’s the latest chapter in a years-long dispute about appellate court nominees that is sure to revive talk about changing the rules of the Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:19 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, judicial nominations, Senate

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Rand Paul knocks Chris Christie for Hurricane Sandy TV ads

Senator’s remarks come a day after the governor won a commanding reelection victory.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:17 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Congress, Senate

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/06/2013

At emotional rally, senators renew push to revamp military sexual assault cases

Bipartisan proposal still lacks the votes necessary to pass the Senate in the coming weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

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 11:59 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Trayvon Martin’s mother asks Congress to clarify ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

Sabrina Fulton says her son “was not going to get cigarettes or bullets or condoms” the night he was killed.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

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 09:42 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Senate chaplain: ‘Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis’

With four days left until a possible federal shutdown, the prayer delivered Friday was especially timely.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Flake to miss spending vote on Friday

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:37 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Cruz, Corker clash on Senate floor

Clash between two Senate Republicans considered unprecedented by veteran observers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 09/24/2013

A bird’s eye view of Ted Cruz

A review of what reporters can see but the cameras can’t.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:40 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Cruz: ‘There is a tendency in this town toward brinksmanship’

Republican senator spoke after Democrats objected to two procedural requests.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:35 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Senate to convene briefly to move Syria resolution along

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assad regime, Bashar al-Assad, chemical weapons, Foreign relations, Herry M. Reid, Syria, U.S. military, U.S. Senate

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Liz Cheney to appear in court over errant fishing license

Cheney was a Wyoming resident when she bought a resident fishing license in 2012.

By Ruth Tam  |  02:33 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/15/2013

GOP unveils its 'Rising Stars' program

Project is meant to attract more younger, minority voters.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:24 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Republicans; House Republicans; Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Dave Camp will decide on Senate by January

Dave Camp is weighing a bid for Carl Levin's seat.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:20 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 08/01/2013

McConnell chief of staff moving to NRSC

Republicans see 2014 as their best chance, and maybe McConnell's last.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:28 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

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 10:17 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Dave Camp might run for Senate in Michigan

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is considering a bid for Senate next year.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:17 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Renee Ellmers won't run for Senate

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) will run for reelection next year, passing up an opportunity to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D).

By Rachel Weiner  |  06:32 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 07/28/2013

Ron Wyden: FISA court 'anachronistic'

The Oregon senator also says he's concerned with how intelligence agencies may be tracking American cellphone usage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:05 AM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, NSA, Senate

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Matt Bevin launches campaign against McConnell

Primary opponent Matt Bevin paints the minority leader as a failed aisle-crosser.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:39 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Christine O'Donnell might run for Senate again

O'Donnell would have difficulty winning over skeptics in the Delaware GOP.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:53 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Donald Trump donated to Mitch McConnell

A May trip appears to have paid off.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:56 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Transcript: Mike Enzi on Liz Cheney's move

The Wyoming senator speaks out about Liz Cheney's decision to challenge him next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:07 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz back plan to address military sex assaults

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are formally signing on to a plan by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that would establish a new system to prosecute sex assault cases in the military.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:35 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, sex assault

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 07/15/2013

No filibuster deal, but senators agree they should meet more often

They fail to resolve big differences Monday evening, but agree they should hold more get-togethers.

By Ed O'Keefe and Jenna Johnson  |  11:37 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Hagan, Franken, McConnell crack $2 million in second quarter

The North Carolina Democrat is facing a tough reelection fight.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:53 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Google faces environmentalists' ire over Inhofe fundraiser

Environmentalists are upset that Google is supporting a climate change skeptic.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/10/2013

LGBT non-discrimination act clears Senate committee

The bill prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

By Ruth Tam  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Republican Party, Senate

Posted at 07:27 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Sarah Palin considering 2014 Senate bid

Sarah Palin said Monday she has considered running for Senate in 2014, although she suggested she would rather see someone else run for the seat held by Sen. Mark Begich (D).

By Rachel Weiner  |  07:27 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Booker still has huge lead in Senate race

A new Quinnipiac Poll is a reminder that Newark Mayor Cory Booker doesn't have much to worry about.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:35 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Mitch McConnell attacks Alison Lundergan Grimes with Auto-Tune

A sharp-edged video aims to paint his opponent as self-obsessed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:59 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 06/30/2013

Schumer: House will pass Senate immigration bill

"I think by the end of this year, the House will pass the Senate bill," Schumer said on "Fox News Sunday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:58 AM ET, 06/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Democrats go after Tom Cotton

Democrats are launching a preemptive strike with an ad campaign against the freshman Arkansas Congressman.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:49 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Poll shows Gomez in striking distance of Markey

A new poll from Suffolk University suggests that we could have another close special election for a Senate seat in Massachusetts on our hands.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 06/06/2013

House rejects Obama policy on DREAMers

GOP-held House votes to halt the Obama administration's policy of deferring deportation of young adults brought to the country illegally as children.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:19 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; rubio; house; senate

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Mitch McConnell visited Donald Trump

It was the first time the two men have met.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:40 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Senate Republicans praise Victoria Nuland

If Victoria Nuland is going to take heat from Republicans in her confirmation hearing, it won't come from the party's traditional leaders on national security.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:33 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Gomez compares Markey to 'pond scum'

The Massachusetts Senate race has gotten heated, with Republican Gabriel Gomez calling Democratic Rep. Ed Markey "pond scum" for a web video that invokes Osama bin Laden.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 05/24/2013

David Young running for Senate in Iowa

The chief of staff to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will try to join his boss in Congress. According to The Iowa Republican website, David Young plans to quit his job in the Capitol and run for Senate in Iowa.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:21 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Baucus on IRS: 'I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out'

More revelations about political targeting inside the Internal Revenue Service are coming, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) predicted.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:52 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS, Senate

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Ernest Moniz confirmed as Energy secretary

In a unanimous vote, the Senate has confirmed MIT physicist Ernest Moniz as secretary of energy.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:52 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, White House

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Harry Reid reveals niece is a lesbian

The senator was expressing hope that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, will become law.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:44 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 05/15/2013

White House pushing new federal shield law

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced the media-protecting legislation at the request of the White House,

By Rachel Weiner and Juliet Eilperin  |  01:23 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, White House

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Joe Sestak planning Senate campaign

Former Pennsylvania congressman is planning to run for Senate, not governor, he announced today, setting up a rematch in 2016 with the man who beat him two and a half years ago.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:58 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Tom Price won't run for Senate in Georgia

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) will not run for Senate in 2014.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:39 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Reid: Background checks picking up new votes

Background checks aren't dead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says, citing blowback after the vote that he thinks will help bring more support for the compromise worked out by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:18 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Ted Cruz: Rubio 'in good faith' on immigration reform

Immigration reform has divided Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). But in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Cruz said he respected his colleague's effort even if he opposes some of his ideas.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:03 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Colleen Hanabusa launches Senate campaign

The first Senate primary of 2014 is on: Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will challenge Sen. Brian Schatz in Hawaii.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:59 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Jeff Flake: I'm less popular than 'pond scum' after gun vote

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is acknowledging that his vote against background checks may have hurt his reputation back home.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:26 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Ted Cruz mocks Senate Republican 'squishes'

In an appearance at a tea party rally senator offered a rare look inside Senate vote-jockeying -- and took a rare shot at his fellow Republicans.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Giffords group launches first attack ads

The group launched by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, is out with its first ads criticizing senators who voted against expanded background checks for gun purchasers.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Senate

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Ricin suspect released from jail

The man suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker has been released from custody, the AP reports.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Rand Paul comes out against fellow Republicans in Tsarnaev case

In an interview with Fox Business on Monday evening, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came out against Republicans who had called for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an "enemy combatant."

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Mitch McConnell defends record on mental illness

Mitch McConnell responds to critics for the first time.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:18 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Roger Wicker hired ricin suspect as Elvis impersonator

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said Thursday that he hired Paul Kevin Curtis to perform as Elvis at an engagement party.

By Aaron C. Davis and Stephanie McCrummen  |  03:44 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Rubio pushes back on conservative bloggers over phone rumor

Rubio finds himself in the same boat as President Obama, who has been accused by conservatives of handing out "Obama phones"

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:38 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Suspicious envelopes found at Senate offices

Capitol Police are responding to the package, which was found on the third floor of the Russell Senate Office Building.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Rand Paul: Obama using Newtown victims as 'props'

With the fate of gun control legislation in doubt, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused President Obama of using the victims of the Newtown elementary school shootings as "props" to advance an agenda that would have done nothing to prevent the massacre.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:08 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Senate

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Envelope sent to Roger Wicker tests positive for ricin

Federal officials discovered Tuesday a poison-laced letter sent to the Mississippi Republican.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:53 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Penalties would mount to $2,000 for those who came illegally

Senate immigration proposal appears to include $2,000 in penalties for those now in the country illegally for permanent residency.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:09 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; senate; congress

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Special path for DREAMers

Senate bill envisions young adults brought to the country illegally as children becoming citizens within five years

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; senate; congress

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: E-Verify expansion draws fire

Summary of senate group's bill already drawing criticism for expansion of workplace verification system

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; senate; congress

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Cornyn: Be 'realistic' about path to citizenship

Reaction to the emerging details of the Gang of Eight proposal on immigration reform was muted on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning as lawmakers paused to pay respects to victims in Boston.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Rep. Bill Cassidy announces Senate bid

Cassidy, the first GOP candidate in the race, announced Monday that he had already raised $500,000 for his likely bid.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Immigration activists arrested outside Schumer's office, group says

Activists protest what they say is slow pace of senate group to produce immigration bill

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress; senate; immigration; schumer

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 03:17 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Key Senate chairman worries immigration overhaul pace too slow

Sen. Patrick Leahy says a bipartisan group of senators working on the issu has now missed several deadlines.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress; Senate; immigration; leahy

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Ministers launch ad buy on immigration in key South Carolina

Goal of new ads is to provide religious support for South Carolina lawmakers involved in immigration

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate; immigration; graham

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Senate Democrats look to avoid government shutdown fight

Senate Democrats prepare to introduce funding bill designed to avoid major fights

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House; Congress; Senate; budget; continuing resolution

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Rep. Charles Boustany won't run for Senate in Louisiana

At least one top Republican won't be challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

By Aaron Blake  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Rep. Tom Graves won't run for Senate in Georgia

"My decision rested on what would be best for my family, my district and the state of Georgia, and I have concluded that the right path for now is to forgo this Senate race and continue serving in my current role," Graves said in a statement

By Aaron Blake  |  10:40 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Potential W.Va. Senate hopeful Rahall questions 'fire in the belly'

I really feel if I embark upon this path, that fire will be in my belly," Rahall says.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Rockefeller, Nick Rahall, senate, West Virginia

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Senate Democrats to Obama: Bypass Congress on debt limit 'if necessary'

Senate Democratic leaders encourage President Obama to bypass Congress if necessary to prevent the nation from defaulting if lawmakers do no raise the debt ceiling.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, Fiscal Cliff, obama, senate

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

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Mark Kirk makes dramatic return to the Senate

Illinois's junior senator climbs the steps of the Capitol to mark his return to work after a stroke.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:38 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Kirk, senate

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/01/2013

77 percent will pay more in 2013 under deal

Average American would pay $680 more in taxes under deal

By Michelle Gaps  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  biden, Congress, Fiscal Cliff, john boehner, mcconnell, obama, senate

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/30/2012

What lawmakers do while they wait

House and Senate to turn to other matters as they await a fiscal deal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Fiscal Cliff, House, senate

Posted at 06:35 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller narrowly wins reelection

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) defeats challenger Shelley Berkley, a Democratic Congresswoman.

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  06:35 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dean heller, election 2012, nevada, senate, shelley berkley

Posted at 11:10 PM ET, 09/17/2012

New poll finds Warren slightly ahead of Brown in Mass. Senate race

New poll finds Warren slightly ahead of Brown in Mass. Senate race

By Karen Tumulty  |  11:10 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate race, Scott Brown

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Dem Senate hopefuls don’t shy away from Obama in Virginia, Ohio

Democrats Sherrod Brown and Tim Kaine appeared with Obama today — a sign that they may view the president as more of an asset than a liability in their Senate bids.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:10 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia Senate, Virginia