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Senate approves boost in child care standards

Senate approves boost in child care standards

Child care providers who receive federal support would have to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other medical training under a bill moving forward in…

Pulling all-nighters on climate change

Pulling all-nighters on climate change

Senators have found plenty of common ground in an overnight debate about climate change that has been characterized by civil exchanges from lawmakers who hear plenty to like in each…

Senate sides with abusers on military sexual assault

Senate sides with abusers on military sexual assault

Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted…

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

Should a lawyer be disqualified from public service for representing a client like a cop killer? The question arises after the Senate rejected President Barack Obama’s candidate to be the…

Lots of effort to get rid of Mitch McConnell

Lots of effort to get rid of Mitch McConnell

Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they…

Senate lowered secrecy curtain over debt limit vote

Senate lowered secrecy curtain over debt limit vote

Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line. Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line. So…

Senate plans quick vote on debt limit hike

Senate plans quick vote on debt limit hike

The Senate could approve a one-year extension of the U.S. debt limit by mid-afternoon on Wednesday after Republicans and Democrats agreed to shorten debate time ahead of an approaching snowstorm,…

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn…

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation’s farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama’s…

Senate passes delay in flood insurance premium hikes

Senate passes delay in flood insurance premium hikes

The Senate has passed a bill to delay premium hikes for years on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who buy flood insurance from the federal government. The 67-32 vote reflects…