Party leaders of the United States Senate

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is history after historic vote

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is history after historic vote

In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military’s 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Obama was expected to sign the bill into law next week, although changes to […]

Congress goes into urgent mode; rushes to make it come for the holidays

Congress goes into urgent mode; rushes to make it come for the holidays

Rushing to finish by Christmas, congressional Democrats worked Friday to secure Senate ratification of a new arms control treaty and to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members as they neared the end of two tumultuous years of single-party government. Legislation to keep the federal government running until mid- to late February was […]

New York Senator hit with half-million buck embezzlement charge

New York Senator hit with half-million buck embezzlement charge

New York and federal authorities on Tuesday indicted a high-ranking state senator and his son on six charges that they embezzled more than $500,000 from their New York City health clinic for lavish spending, including Broadway shows, a down payment on a Bentley automobile, and a pony for a birthday party. Democrat Sen. Pedro Espada, […]

Here we go again: Another vote on military gay ban

Here we go again: Another vote on military gay ban

In a new showdown, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. The move would put pressure on the Senate to delay its holiday adjournment plans and take up a standalone repeal bill sponsored last week […]

Dems mull changes while GOP grumbles

Dems mull changes while GOP grumbles

House Democrats considered changes in legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 jump in income taxes on Tuesday, despite a warning from Republicans that the bill’s passage could be endangered as a result. “This agreement is not subject to being reopened,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “In other words, we have an understanding.” […]

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has long been the butt of many Washington jokes, from the more than 200 cartoons that hang on his office wall to the fact that he was the first big-name establishent Republican to suffer defeat at the polls at the hands of the upstart Tea Party. After all, it was Rand […]

Obama still predicting victory on tax compromise

Obama still predicting victory on tax compromise

President Barack Obama is predicting congressional approval of the tax-cutting compromise he has reached with Republican leaders, but he’s not ruling out that unhappy Democrats will make some changes in the mammoth legislation. In an interview with NPR released Friday, Obama said that despite a rebellion by many Democrats against his tax deal, it will […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ don’t pass

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ don’t pass

The US Senate dealt a potentially deadly blow Thursday to efforts to end a nearly two-decade ban on gays serving openly in the US military, voting against taking up a bill to repeal the restriction. Lawmakers voted 57-40 — three votes short of the 60 needed — to move forward with annual military spending legislation […]

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had a plan to overcome Republican objections and finally repeal the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The White House also expressed optimism that Congress would overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, despite key GOP senators giving no indication that they would agree. A test vote was scheduled […]

Barack Obama completes his sell-out

Barack Obama completes his sell-out

Barack Obama’s metamorphosis from symbol of change in Washington to puppet of a system still dominated by the Republican Party is complete.  The great black hope of progressives is gone, replaced by a new “yes sir” servant for the mostly-white elite that have run things for so long. Ignoring the Democratic and Independent base that […]