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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...
  • 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...
  • Warner, Kaine say stay on H2B visa freeze will help seafood industry

    Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say Virginia seafood businesses got a break with a request filed by federal agencies for a court decision to hold off enforcing a ruling stoppingĀ  officials from processing visas for seasonal workers. The unopposed...
  • 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....
  • Casey: Streamline emergency training for oil train disasters

    An oil train derailment in Philadelphia last year had the potential for disaster. Seven cars left the tracks on a bridge near a busy university and residential corridor and two of them dangled precariously over the Schuylkill River. Pennsylvania's...
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Who has time to read these bills we pass?

    Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don't always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign — or so it seemed this week, anyway. Two episodes left Democrats blushing, some Republicans muttering under their...
  • Congress finds rare bipartisan ground in focus on New York Fed

    WASHINGTON Lawmakers who agree on little else are finding common ground in one thing: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has too much power within the U.S. central bank. One result has been increased interest in a plan advanced last month by Dallas Fed...
  • Legislation would open federal land to hunters, anglers

    Sen. Martin Heinrich was hunting for Barbary sheep across the terrain in his native New Mexico when he was stopped in his tracks. Tracts of land around him were under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management — and off limits. Period....
  • Former sex trade worker fighting trafficking in oil patch

    When she first arrived in town, Windie Lazenko headed to the neon-lit strip clubs and bars catering to lonely oil field workers with extra cash and time on their hands. She knew these were likely gathering spots for the sex trade — the life she'd...