| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:41 PM
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...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 1:21 PM
In 1953, with Republicans holding a one-seat majority as the new Senate convened, independent Oregon Sen. Wayne Morse saw himself in a unique position of power.
To reinforce the point, he made a conspicuous entrance to the chamber on the session’s...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Mitch McConnell built his ascent to Senate majority leader on voter anger over Washington gridlock that he helped foster while in the Republican minority against President Obama.
Now the Kentucky senator will need to convince tea party Republicans who...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not one to run from a fight.
The tenacious Nevadan pulled himself from dusty, desert poverty to the corridors of power, and once punched his future father-in-law after being denied a date with the woman who would...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:30 PM
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.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:39 PM
WASHINGTON — In a bid to revive his own stalled bill, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey used a legislative maneuver this fall to slow down another.
He placed a "hold," or a secret, formal objection, on a child care bill when his own measure to...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 2:00 AM
In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other's state....
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:29 PM
— U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called in backup Tuesday as he pressed colleagues to approve his bill on school employee background checks before Congress wraps up this session.
The child advocates standing behind him want it. Law enforcement wants it. The...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:11 PM
The House on Wednesday approved President Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants, giving the administration a much-needed endorsement of its strategy to defeat the extremist group.
But though the Senate was...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 7:04 PM
Five Democratic senators broke from their party Thursday to side with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in an effort to derail President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
The procedural move failed in a tie vote, 50-50. Although largely symbolic, it...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 6:55 PM
– His colleagues haven't responded to his urgent requests, and now U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has taken a legislative hostage.
The Pennsylvania Republican is using a procedural maneuver to hold up a child care bill, arguing that if his legislation...