Thursday, November 26, 2015
Russell Senate Office Building - Washington DC

Landscape Shifts: Democrats Could Take Control Of Senate

The Senate is up for grabs, and the landscape a year out suggests the Democrats could win control away from the Republicans.

October 31, 2015

New Hampshire Governor Hassan Announces Run For Senate

Democrat Maggie Hassan will challenge Republican senator Kelly Ayotte, a boost for Democratic leaders hoping to recapture the chamber in 2016.

October 5, 2015

Senator Chris Murphy Slams Congress For ‘Quiet Endorsement’ Of Murders, Mass Shootings

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) released a fiery statement Thursday evening, in reaction to the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

October 1, 2015

Senators Propose Sentencing Reform To Reduce Prison Overcrowding

“Three strikes” isn’t just a serious social justice problem — it’s also really expensive.

October 1, 2015

Senate Stops Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

A majority of senators — 42 Democrats, two independents and eight Republicans — banded together to stop the anti-abortion effort on a procedural vote.

September 24, 2015
Cantwell speaks with reporters as she departs the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Democrats Unveil Climate-Focused Energy Bill

U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled energy legislation designed to hasten America’s adoption of cleaner energy, slash greenhouse gas emissions below the Obama administration’s goal, and help their party attract young voters in the 2016 elections.

September 22, 2015

Senate Bill Would Keep Federal Agencies Open Into December: McConnell

Senate Republicans initially will seek to pass a version of the spending bill that cuts off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

September 22, 2015
McConnell returns to his office after delivering remarks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Democrats Block Move To Derail Iran Nuclear Deal

A Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement was blocked in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, in a major foreign policy victory for President Obama.

September 10, 2015

U.S. Senator Coons Says He Will Support Iran Nuclear Deal: Washington Post

The White House can now count on 33 senators in favor of the Iran nuclear deal — just one vote away from the goal needed to uphold a presidential veto.

September 1, 2015
Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran

White House Says Confident Iran Deal Will Survive In Congress

“We’ve got some momentum built up on our side,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest at a briefing, referring to the 30 Senators who have publicly announced support for the deal.

August 28, 2015
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters during a new conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Democratic Senate Leader Reid Backs Iran Nuclear Deal

“I strongly support the historic agreement with Iran and will do everything in my power to ensure that it stands,” Reid said.

August 23, 2015
U.S. Senator Reed speaks to reporters as he arrives for a cloture vote on the nomination of Lynch to be Attorney General in Washington

U.S. Democratic Senators Reed And Whitehouse Back Iran Deal

The two Rhode Island senators said in a statement the U.S. Congress would be making a strategic mistake if it derailed the agreement.

August 18, 2015
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) speaks at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey

Democratic Senator Menendez Announces Opposition To Iran Deal

With his announcement, Menendez became the second high-profile Senate Democrat to announce opposition to the Iran deal.

August 18, 2015

McCaskill: How To Win Elections And Manipulate The Other Party

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is offering the world a truly great political lesson — in how to totally troll the opposition.

August 12, 2015
Charles Schumer

White House Shrugs Off Schumer’s Decision To Oppose Iran Deal

President Obama’s hopes of preserving the Iran nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when Sen. Charles Schumer came out against it.

August 7, 2015
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Will Pass Short-Term Highway Funding Fix While Working On Long-Term Bill: McConnell

The U.S. Senate is working to pass a three-month highway funding bill in the coming days as it finishes hammering out a longer-term blueprint for spending on the country’s roads, bridges and transit.

July 28, 2015
Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio Has A New Answer For His Inexperience Problem

In recent days, Rubio has come up with an argument that seemingly attempts to handle questions about both his limited political experience and his personal finance acumen.

July 25, 2015

4 Bogus Controversies About Bernie Sanders

Yes, Bernie Sanders identifies as a socialist, but that and other “controversies” are really non-issues.

July 10, 2015
Barbara Boxer

Sen. Boxer, Nearing Retirement, ‘Focusing On The Big Ideas’

Even as the clock ticks down on Boxer’s 24-year Senate career — she announced in January she would not run for re-election next year — she’s not fading into the Senate’s ornate woodwork.

July 6, 2015
Charleston, S.C., aftermath

Four More Votes Needed To Remove Confederate Flag From SC Capitol

Four more members of the South Carolina House of Representatives must commit to vote in favor of removing the Confederate flag in order for the legislature to mandate its removal.

June 26, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida speaking with supporters at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Leadership Series luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Yielding Time In The Senate On The Presidential Trail

Time spent on Capitol Hill inevitably declines for those running for president, and Marco Rubio has missed the second-most votes of any senator.

June 25, 2015
Rand Paul

Senate Waste Watchers Soldier On

A dog-bite prevention website. Vermont puppet shows. Researching the bomb-sniffing capabilities of elephants. Those are just some government spending projects labeled “wasteful.”

June 19, 2015

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Says Single Sen. Lindsey Graham A ‘Bro With No Ho’

A hot microphone caught one endangered Republican senator making a too-hot comment about his fellow colleague and GOP presidential candidate.

June 11, 2015

Senator Johnny Isakson Announces Parkinson’s Diagnosis

“I am busier and have more responsibility today than ever before in my political career, and I couldn’t be happier about that,” Isakson said.

June 10, 2015
Rand Paul

Congress Curbs NSA Access To Phone Records While Resurrecting Spying Powers

For the first time since 9/11, Congress is enacting legislation that would actually limit intelligence authorities rather than dramatically expanding them.

June 2, 2015
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