| Jan 6, 2015
| 4:52 PM
The 114th Congress, which began its work on Tuesday, ushers in an era of conservative legislative leadership. Victories in several Senate races last fall handed control of that chamber to Republicans, who tightened their grip on the House as well.
| Jan 26, 2015
| 5:00 AM
New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised senators late last year that he'd return to the "regular order" of debate and amendments that his predecessor, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, had abandoned. But as the Senate struggled to...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:49 AM
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the outgoing majority leader, skipped opening day in the new Congress on Tuesday as doctors orders kept him home following an exercise equipment accident last week.
The 75-year-old senator had promised to be back on the job...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 12:52 PM
The first bill he'll introduce when he returns to Washington will be the American Jobs Matter act. That bill says the Pentagon should consider the impact to U.S. jobs when making procurement decisions.
HARTFORD — As he has for the past five years,...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:13 AM
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois kept the No. 2 job in the Senate Democratic leadership Thursday and will be the assistant minority leader next year.
Durbin, 69, is now assistant majority leader, but his Democratic Party will lose control of the Senate in...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 2:39 PM
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid broke several ribs and facial bones when a piece of exercise equipment snapped at his Nevada home Thursday, causing the lawmaker to fall.
In a statement issued Friday, Reid's office said the 75-year-old senator was...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Wednesday for launching "immediate, sustained, simultaneous action" to defeat the Islamic State, arguing that President Obama bore responsibility for the danger the jihadist group now poses to America's interests....
| Dec 12, 2014
| 8:58 PM
The Senate moved closer Friday to passing a $1.1 trillion bill to fund almost all of the government through most of 2015. But detractors on the left and the right were likely to delay final approval of the sweeping measure.
The opponents, who have...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Republican victors of Tuesday's U.S. congressional elections broke bread with Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday. On the menu besides sea bass: whether the two sides can put aside differences and agree on some legislation in the two years to...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Riding a surge of voter discontent, Republicans seized control of the Senate on Tuesday, giving the GOP full command of Congress and promising a contentious final two years of the Obama administration.
After months of voter surveys suggested a close...
| Sep 21, 2014
It is my fervent wish that the U.S. Senate return to a Republican majority in the next election — if only to replace Harry Reid as majority leader. If that doesn't occur, then I hope that the alleged threat of some Democratic senators to not vote...