| Mar 14, 2015
| 11:05 AM
WASHINGTON The sour start to the new Senate's year appears likely to continue with the unexpected partisan blowup over a human trafficking bill and its abortion provision seeming to end the last chance for a broad, bipartisan vote before the recess at the...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 11:50 AM
WASHINGTON Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas says the U.S. should go on the offense against terrorists around the world. He also voted to retain deep cuts in defense spending set for later this year.
For many Republicans like Cotton, reconciling those...
| Mar 7, 2015
| 10:35 AM
WASHINGTON Representatives from cities around the country will descend on the District of Columbia starting Monday to conduct more than 100 meetings on Capitol Hill, and stress areas where they can work with Congress to get things done.
More than 1,000...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 3:50 PM
The Republican-controlled Senate Wednesday voted to kill a National Labor Relations Board rule reducing the time between a union's request for representation and a vote by workers on it.
The 53-46 vote sent the legislation to the House, where approval is...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 3:11 PM
Many disabled American workers and disability advocates may have hoped that the Senate's Republican majority would try to understand the crisis facing Social Security's disability program. Those hopes were slaughtered Wednesday.
The killing floor was...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Overruling the objections of gun-rights advocates, the U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy, a British-born, American-educated internal medicine specialist, to become the 19th surgeon general of the United States.
The 51-43 vote makes...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 3:26 PM
Federal employees will be allowed to carry money on their health savings accounts into the next year following a months-long lobbying effort by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and other lawmakers in the region.
Some 323,000 federal workers set aside a...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:42 AM
A top election-year proposal from Democrats -- a bid to raise the federal minimum wage -- was rejected by Republicans in the Senate, who blocked legislation Wednesday to boost the rate to $10.10 an hour.
President Obama has turned the plight of the...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 12:46 PM
When it comes to the minimum wage, I’ve accepted that all that the politicians in Washington are going to do for now is play politics with it. But does that mean they have to be stupid about it too?
And I’m talking about you, Mike Enzi,...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:35 PM
WASHINGTON — A top election-year proposal from Democrats — a bid to raise the federal minimum wage — was rejected by Republicans in the Senate, who blocked legislation Wednesday to boost the rate to $10.10 an hour.
| May 4, 2014
Re "GOP blocks minimum wage hike in Senate," Business, May 1, and "Politics vs. the minimum wage," Editorial, April 29
The standard GOP argument against boosting the federal minimum wage is that doing so would result in fewer jobs.
Normally, this type...