Senate deal reached on unemployment

Republicans had blocked earlier efforts to extend the benefits amid disputes over the cost and how long the relief should be extended

Senate deal reached on unemployment

A bipartisan deal to renew long-term jobless benefits for more than 2 million Americans was reached on Thursday by a group of 10 U.S. senators, five Democrats and five Republicans. The measure would extend benefits by five months, dating back to December when the relief began to expire for those who have been out of […]

Senate approves boost in child care standards

The bill would require providers to meet a range of health and safety 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 the Senate. The bipartisan measure would change a federal block grant program to expand access to federally subsidized child care and improve its quality. About […]

Pulling all-nighters on climate change

Democrats have been plowing through a dusk-to-dawn talkathon

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 other’s words. Could this really be happening in Washington? Sure, when only one party shows up. Democrats have been plowing through a dusk-to-dawn talkathon during […]

Senate sides with abusers on military sexual assault

Senators rejected calls for action and sided with the mostly-male military

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 the growing role of women in Congress. The vote was 55-45 in favor of stripping commanders of that authority, but that was short of the […]

Obama’s civil rights pick blocked in Senate

The National Fraternal Order of Police urged senators to oppose Adegbile

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 government’s chief civil rights attorney. The White House, attorneys and civil rights groups argued that a bipartisan vote Wednesday blocking Debo Adegbile from advancing toward […]

Lots of effort to get rid of Mitch McConnell

The squeeze also may be his salvation.

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 say the Senate’s Republican leader actually is too accommodating to Democrats. This left-right squeeze is forcing McConnell to scrape as hard as ever to raise […]

Senate lowered secrecy curtain over debt limit vote

The Senate did something extraordinary: It tried to keep the vote tally secret until the outcome was assured.

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 on perhaps the most important vote of the year, the Senate did something extraordinary this week: It tried to keep the vote tally secret until […]

Senate plans quick vote on debt limit hike

Senate passage this week would buy financial markets considerable breathing room.

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, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. The Democratic-controlled Senate at 1:45 p.m. ET will take a procedural vote on the “clean” debt ceiling hike passed […]

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

The regional incentives scattered throughout the bill helped it pass easily in the House last week.

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 farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast. After years of setbacks, the Senate on Tuesday sent the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure to President […]

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions.

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 signature. The Senate was expected to pass the almost $100 billion-a-year compromise bill Tuesday; the House passed it last week. The bill provides a financial […]

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