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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 […]

Senate passes historic ban against gay discrimination

Senate passes historic ban against gay discrimination

The Democratic-led Senate, reflecting a major shift in the past decade in public support for gay rights, passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to outlaw discrimination against gay workers, but the measure faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-led House of Representatives. The bill cleared the Senate 64-32, with 10 Republicans joining 52 Democrats and […]

Senate slated for historic bipartisan vote on gay rights bill

Senate slated for historic bipartisan vote on gay rights bill

The Senate is headed for a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation’s quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. All 55 members of the Democratic majority, including senators from the Deep South, and several Republicans were expected to […]

Gay rights bill headed for approval in Senate

Gay rights bill headed for approval in Senate

The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote of 61-30 essentially ensured that the Senate has the votes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that […]

No agreement on farm bill could hike milk prices

No agreement on farm bill could hike milk prices

  The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices. Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. […]

Senate approves debt, budget deal 81-18; sends bill to House

Senate approves debt, budget deal 81-18; sends bill to House

Up against a deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown in the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk. The Senate passed the measure on a bipartisan margin of 81-18 at midevening. That cleared the […]

Senators announce last minute deal to avoid default, open government

Senators announce last minute deal to avoid default, open government

Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end. The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading. “This […]

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid debt default, reopen government

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid debt default, reopen government

Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, according to a Republican senator who also said congressional leaders would push for passage as soon as possible. The New York Stock Exchange soared on the news that the threat of default was easing […]

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