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  • Analysis: Silent Ted Cruz, triumphant Elizabeth Warren, and the other 2016 moments of vote-a-rama

    WASHINGTON "Vote-a-rama" is over. The Senate has passed a budget resolution. The damage and glory to possible 2016 presidential candidates, and to their agendas, iscoming into view. The 2016 fiscal year budget, and its companion flurry of ideological amendments, offered one of the last big legislative opportunities for prospectivecandidates to define themselves before launching campaigns and heading into primaries.
  • Divisive issue of abortion stalls human trafficking bill

    The Senate's 100 members don't agree on much. They agreed they wanted legislation to help the victims of sex trafficking. Then the bill got caught up in the emotional and uncompromising politics of abortion. Now the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act...

    Cornyn working to find a way forward for human trafficking bill

    WASHINGTON Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, has spent most of the past two weeks trying to find a way out the most fractious issue so far this year dividing the chamber's Republicans and Democrats. A proposed bill to aid human trafficking victims...

    Attorney general vote delayed as trafficking bill stalls

    A Senate stalemate over legislation to combat human trafficking deepened Thursday, almost certainly delaying a confirmation vote on the president's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, until mid-April. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had...

    GOP-led Senate plays hardball over abortion, Lynch nomination

    WASHINGTON The Senate is now completely stalled over a human trafficking bill with an abortion provision that has become so partisan that Republicans have further delayed a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general until it passes....