United States Senate

Internal strife shapes GOP policies

Internal strife shapes GOP policies

Internal GOP politics are profoundly affecting major policies such as immigration, health care and deficit spending, as elected Republicans shift right to fend off challengers in primary elections. The moves may leave a lasting imprint on society long after flashy political events, such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s decision to abandon the GOP in hopes […]

Voters fed up with incumbents

Voters fed up with incumbents

A new poll shows American voters are fed up with Congressional incumbents and plan to vote for massive change in the structure of both the House and Senate in the November mid-term elections. The anti-incumbent mood matches voter anger in 1994 when voters tossed out Democrats and turned control of Congress over to Republicans in […]

Time to revisit term limits

Republicans seized control of Congress in the 1994 mid-term elections by promising, among other things, to turn term limits into the law of the land. Of course, as soon as they won control they scrapped the term limits idea, saying the concept was “unworkable” and some even suggested it could be “unconstitutional.” Both excuses were […]

Obama, Medvedev sign new nuke treaty

Obama, Medvedev sign new nuke treaty

Reaching anew for peace, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a treaty to shrink their nations’ nuclear arsenals, the biggest such pact between the former Cold War foes in a generation. Tenaciously negotiated by even the leaders themselves, the treaty commits their nations to slash the number of strategic nuclear […]

Domestic terror a real threat to America

Domestic terror a real threat to America

Domestic terrorism is a “real and growing danger” to America, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said on “Meet the Press” Sunday. Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman cited extreme, incendiary and too often racist rhetoric as examples of what he and other Senators see as an increasing threat. Said Lieberman: The threat has […]

Mistakes will force health care bill back to the House

Mistakes will force health care bill back to the House

Senate Republicans learned early Thursday that they will be able to kill language in a measure altering President Barack Obama‘s newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval. It appeared initially that deleting the provisions, dealing with Pell grants for low-income students, should not […]

Now it’s up to the Senate

Now it’s up to the Senate

President Barack Obama has signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. health care since Medicare, but one last chapter in the epic struggle is still playing out in the Senate. Senators are debating a package of fixes to the new health law, demanded by House Democrats as their price for passing the mammoth […]

First jobs bill clears Congress

First jobs bill clears Congress

A package of tax breaks and highway spending cleared Congress on Wednesday, the first of what Democrats hope will be several efforts to bring down the 9.7 percent unemployment rate. The Senate passed the $17.6 billion measure by a vote of 68 to 29 and sent it to President Barack Obama, who will sign it […]

Can Republicans stop reconciliation ploy?

Can Republicans stop reconciliation ploy?

Democrats are tying the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul to a fast-track process that will make the bill tough for Republicans to derail in the Senate. But GOP lawmakers will still be able to force votes and make arguments that could give them ammunition for November’s congressional elections. Some questions and answers […]

Bunning blinks, allowing passage of highway, jobs bill

Embattled, bitter Kentucky GOP Senator Jim Bunning folded his one-man blockade of federal highway programs and extension of unemployment benefits Tuesday, allowing the Senate to finally pass a $10 billion bill to finance the activities. President Barack Obama immediately signed the measure into law, allowing 2,000 Department of Transportation workers to return to work and […]