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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…

Spending bill passes Senate, goes to Obama

Spending bill passes Senate, goes to Obama

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial…

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes…

Renewing unemployment benefits stalls in Senate

Renewing unemployment benefits stalls in Senate

Efforts to renew emergency federal jobless benefits for 1.5 million Americans stalled in the Senate on Tuesday when Democrats and Republicans rejected each other’s proposals. Both sides vowed to keep…

Reid retreats on obstruction of votes on jobless bill

Reid retreats on obstruction of votes on jobless bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid retreated Friday from his refusal to allow votes on Republican-backed changes in legislation resurrecting benefits for the long-term unemployed. A spokesman said Reid is “absolutely…

Obama’s jobless benefits bill clears GOP roadblock in Senate

Obama’s jobless benefits bill clears GOP roadblock in Senate

A White House-backed bill to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a Republican procedural roadblock in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, the first volley in a new…

Unemployment showdown in Senate

Unemployment showdown in Senate

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It…

Unemployment, Fed top Congressional agenda

Unemployment, Fed top Congressional agenda

Back to work on Monday, Congress faces a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year that will determine control of the House and…

Election year politics drives Congress in 2014

Election year politics drives Congress in 2014

Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda. Republicans intend to focus on every facet of President Barack Obama’s health care law. They…

Sweeping defense bill headed to Obama for signature

Sweeping defense bill headed to Obama for signature

The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing passage of a comprehensive defense bill that…