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  • Competing Pressures on Iran deal confront Senate Democrats

    WASHINGTON Democratic senators backing a bill that would give Congress authority to review an Iran nuclear deal are caught between the White House and the pro-Israel lobby as they assert their prerogative to vet foreign policy. The Republican bill, co-...
  • Obama faces potential Democratic challenge on Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama faces the prospect that members of his own Democratic Party will assert the right to challenge a nuclear deal with Iran as they join with Republicans who insist that Congress get an up-or-down vote. Nine Democrats are...
  • 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...
  • 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 stopping  officials from processing visas for seasonal workers. The unopposed...
  • Keystone XL amendments had senators doing the unusual: voting ... a lot

    Something unusual happened in Congress this week: Senators voted -- not just once or twice, but more than 20 times, right up until midnight Thursday. In contrast to the recent years of gridlock and paralysis, senators took vote after politically tough...
  • This Democratic 'reform' would make Obamacare more expensive. Bad idea.

    This Democratic 'reform' would make Obamacare more expensive. Bad idea.
    A caucus of seven nervous Democratic senators, led by Mark Begich of Alaska, has been pushing a plan to "reform" the Affordable Care Act by allowing insurers to offer an even skimpier insurance plan than the skimpiest permitted now.  The idea of their...
  • Another result of Tuesday's election: fewer 'Blue Dog' Democrats

    Another result of Tuesday's election: fewer 'Blue Dog' Democrats
    The U.S. Senate just got a lot more conservative. But its Democratic caucus just got a lot more liberal. How’s that again? The little-examined flip side to this week’s Republican victories is that they swept out many of the last...
  • Fight for Louisiana Senate seat prompts dueling votes on Keystone

    Fight for Louisiana Senate seat prompts dueling votes on Keystone
    The House and Senate are set to consider dueling measures that aim to advance the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project, as the politics of Louisiana's unresolved Senate election spilled into the first day of the lame-duck session of Congress. In a...
  • Female senators urge Goodell to adopt zero-tolerance domestic violence policy

    Female senators urge Goodell to adopt zero-tolerance domestic violence policy
    Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. Goodell recently instituted a policy with a six-game suspension for first-time domestic...