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Financial reform passes House but Senate delays action

Financial reform passes House but Senate delays action

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a landmark overhaul of financial regulations but the Senate put off action until mid-July, delaying a final victory for President Barack Obama. Still, the 237 to 192 vote in the House marked a win for Obama and his fellow Democrats, who have made the most sweeping rewrite […]

Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

Robert Byrd, 92, the longest serving Senator in American history, died this morning in a Washington area hospital. The West Virginia lawmaker was admitted last week for heat exhaustion and dehydration but his condition was far more serious. “However, upon further examination by his doctors, other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition […]

GOP kills unemployment aid extension

GOP kills unemployment aid extension

Republicans on Thursday defeated Democrats’ showcase election-year jobs bill, including an extension of weekly unemployment benefits for millions of people out of work more than six months. The 57-41 vote fell three votes short of the 60 required to crack a GOP filibuster, delivering a major blow to President Barack Obama and Democrats facing big […]

GOP set to keep blocking job benefits extension

GOP set to keep blocking job benefits extension

A Republican filibuster appears increasingly likely to kill long-sought legislation extending jobless benefits and a host of other spending and tax measures, despite a new round of cuts to the measure Wednesday that reduced its deficit impact even further. A senior Senate Democratic aide said Wednesday evening that several days’ worth of negotiations with a […]

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

A Democratic bill to extend jobless benefits and raise taxes on investment fund managers failed a key vote in the Senate on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s push to boost the economy. The bill would have extended popular business tax breaks, stopped a 21 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors treating elderly […]

McCain in fight for his political life

McCain in fight for his political life

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to […]

Congress ready to vote on gay mililtary bills

Congress ready to vote on gay mililtary bills

Congress is set to vote on proposals to let gays serving in the military out of the closet and allow them to serve openly with an end to the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. A bill by Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy could reach the House floor for a vote today. The legislation is a […]

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

President Barack Obama‘s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court seat is elevating touchy social issues in an election year, just as the tea party is showing how volatile and unpredictable the political landscape has become. Any Supreme Court confirmation battle stirs a pot of issues important to conservative and liberal activists. Kagan can […]

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to defang consumer protections in a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, while voting to give small banks a break on deposit insurance. Despite procedural delays, lawmakers covered some ground on a top priority of the Obama administration that would be the biggest overhaul of the financial rulebook […]

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans gain while Democrats slip

Republicans are on offense in scores of House and Senate races as persistent economic woes and lukewarm support for President Barack Obama continue to weaken Democrats’ hold on Congress. The president and his party are determined to minimize the losses six months before the November elections. But Democrats privately acknowledge the economy and support for […]