Susan Collins

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 […]

Obama calls meeting at White House as talks continue on the Hill

Obama calls meeting at White House as talks continue on the Hill

President Barack Obama called a mid-afternoon meeting of Congressional leaders at the White House Monday. The call to the meeting came while the Senate’s leaders from both the Republican and Democratic parties met privately at the Capitol for the first time since Saturday in hopes of finding a way to solve the debt and budget […]

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it’s unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills. With House leaders sidelined, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch […]

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of its second week. “We haven’t done anything yet” by way of compromise, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after Senate leaders took control […]

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

The focus of efforts to end the government shutdown and prevent a U.S. default shifted to the Senate on Saturday, where leaders were in talks aimed at resolving the twin stalemates. Word of the negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, emerged as the Senate, […]

As talks between Obama and House stall, Senate works on a plan

As talks between Obama and House stall, Senate works on a plan

With talks having stalled between the White House and House Republicans, a bipartisan group in the Senate is polishing a measure that would reopen the government and prevent a first-ever default on the country’s bills. The negotiations in the Senate come as the chamber meets in a rare Saturday session to vote on a Democratic […]

More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine issued a statement Sunday saying that […]

Here we go again: Another vote on military gay ban

Here we go again: Another vote on military gay ban

In a new showdown, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. The move would put pressure on the Senate to delay its holiday adjournment plans and take up a standalone repeal bill sponsored last week […]

Don’t think ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ fight is over. It’s not

Don’t think ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ fight is over. It’s not

Advocates of a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy say their fight for repeal this year is far from over despite failing to pass the Senate with only days left in the lame-duck session. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the legislation, which would have lifted the military’s 17-year-old ban on […]