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  • Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

    Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands
    Congressional Republicans are pushing to block an Obama administration rule designed to protect water quality in small streams, tributaries and wetlands before it goes into effect later this year. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee...
  • Senate committee passes bill that overturns EPA clean water rule

    WASHINGTON A bill that would effectively overturn a new Environmental Protection Agency clean water rule won a critical committee vote Wednesday and now appears headed for a decision by the entire U.S. Senate. The clean water rule was EPA's attempt to...
  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle

    Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle
    In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The 62-38 vote,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Top Aberdeen Proving Ground general receives national honor

    Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, senior commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground, received the "Military Leader of the Year" award from the Association of Defense Communities during a ceremony in Washington Thursday. Ferrell, commanding general of the U.S....
  • GOP senator's changed vote puts ATF nominee on verge of confirmation

    GOP senator's changed vote puts ATF nominee on verge of confirmation
    WASHINGTON – B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote. Democrats had expected a close...
  • Senate may vote to give Syria time to join chemical weapons pact

    Senate may vote to give Syria time to join chemical weapons pact
    WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would delay a possible U.S. military strike and give Syria’s government 45 days to come into compliance with an international chemical weapons treaty could get a vote in the Senate as it considers the president’...
  • Shame on the Senate; send 'em all home

    Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take...