Senate

Budget deal expected to pass Senate early next week

Budget deal expected to pass Senate early next week

One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday. Yet unlike in the House, significantly more Senate Republicans are expected to oppose the legislation than vote for […]

Gridlock grips the Senate

Gridlock grips the Senate

A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening to repeal this or shut down that. Gridlock, however briefly, took an early holiday in the bitterly polarized, Republican-run House. But across the Capitol, the high-minded Senate remains in the grip of some of the worst […]

Senators push for new sanctions on Iran

Senators push for new sanctions on Iran

Senators will introduce legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran as soon as this week, Senate aides said on Wednesday, despite the Obama administration’s insistence that such a measure would violate terms of an interim agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran’s foreign minister has also said a new sanctions law would kill the agreement. […]

A Senate talkathon over Obama nominees

A Senate talkathon over Obama nominees

The Senate began an around-the-clock talkathon Wednesday over some of President Barack Obama’s nominees as embittered and outnumbered Republicans refused to let the Senate take a break given new, Democratic-driven curbs on the GOP’s power. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., threatened to hold the Senate in session through the night to deal with 11 […]

Dems to to push Obama nominees through filibuster-proof Senate

Dems to to push Obama nominees through filibuster-proof Senate

Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama’s court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president’s nominees than they used to. The Democratic-led chamber planned Wednesday to consider Obama’s choice of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

With filibuster handcuffed, Senate Dems ready to push Obama nominees

With filibuster handcuffed, Senate Dems ready to push Obama nominees

Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate’s minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama’s nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs. Despite last month’s Democratic power play, Senate Republicans retain the power to slow, though not derail, Obama’s appointments. Left unchanged were other rules that the out-of-power […]

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster goes away for Supreme Court nominations and legislation as well. Reid’s decision has been a long time coming: One of his predecessors, Republican Bill Frist, […]

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party’s core liberal activists dispirited by the troubled rollout of the health care overhaul and government snooping ahead of midterm elections in which a president’s party typically loses seats in Congress. Republicans insist that the move engineered […]

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who orchestrated the change, called the 52-48 vote a blow against […]