| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:22 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Wednesday to legislation allowing more federal borrowing to pay the nation's bills, but not without a dramatic scene in the Senate as Republican leaders scrambled to find enough votes to head off a...
| May 14, 2014
| 1:45 PM
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has faced tough battles before.
He's a twice-wounded Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a harsh critic of George W. Bush's strategy for the invasion of Iraq.
But whether Shinseki, who is one of President...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:49 PM
The House easily passed legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior employees, a proposal that gained support after allegations of mismanagement at the agency.
The VA Management...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:46 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate appeared set to approve a budget deal this week after a handful of Republicans announced they would vote to advance the bill, which has deeply divided the party.
Their backing, along with that of most Democrats, would be...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:40 AM
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan budget deal that reduces the risk of a government shutdown cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans joined Democrats to boost the bill toward final passage.
The 67-33 vote, with the backing of 12...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:58 PM
WASHINGTON — A rare bipartisan budget deal aimed at averting another government shutdown cleared its biggest remaining political hurdle Tuesday, ending the best chance opponents had of killing the compromise and worsening tensions between the...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Tuesday's primary in North Carolina offers the latest round in the tea party vs. the GOP establishment battle for the U.S. Senate, and so far the establishment appears to be winning.
Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove's American...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 3:39 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Kerry's nomination as President Barack Obama's new secretary of state sailed through the Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat....
| Nov 8, 2013
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON - Ten Republican senators have called on President Obama to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its troubled website.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- It wasn’t long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a...