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Sanders’ epic Senate rant shames ‘right-wing extremists’ for shutdown threat

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday tore into what he called “extreme right-wing Republicans” for threatening to shut down the government and default on the nation’s debts if President Barack Obama’s health care reform law was not defunded. In a speech on the Senate floor, Sanders said that he welcomed…

Senator Cruz’s 21-hour ‘Ted talk’ was one of the longest Senate speeches since 1900

Most US senators expect to pass a stopgap spending bill this week, but one lawmaker is so against it he took to the Senate floor for a marathon 21 hours. Few knew when Republican Senator Ted Cruz started speaking Tuesday afternoon that he would still be engaged in his talkathon,…

Reid rips tea party on the Senate floor: ‘Anarchists have taken over’ Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that efforts by tea party-backed Republicans in the Senate to use an energy efficiency bill to defund Obamacare was evidence that “anarchist have taken over” Congress. In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid said that some senators had attempted to…

Senate committee approves military strike against Syria

President Barack Obama’s plan to conduct punishing military strikes on Syria passed its first congressional hurdle Wednesday, paving the way for full Senate debate on the use of force. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amended resolution 10-7, with one senator voting present, that authorizes US military intervention with…

Newark Mayor Cory Booker proposes government-funded college accounts in run-up to Senate primary

NEWARK — Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker today will release a plan to curb childhood poverty nationally by increasing federal benefits for the poor, expanding access to affordable housing and making preschool and college more available…  …

Senate expected to pass immigration bill on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led Senate will vote at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday on its landmark immigration bill, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announced. The White House-backed measure is expected to win strong bipartisan approval, and then go to the Republican-led House, which plans to draft its own bill,…

Texas Republicans pass anti-abortion bill — or do they? Filibuster ends in chaos

Republicans in the Texas Senate halted a filibuster conducted by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) on Tuesday night, but Democrats continued to delay a vote on the bill until midnight. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s…

Cuban-Americans Rubio, Menendez battle to be key voice on immigration reform

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the Senate debates the most far reaching immigration bill in a generation, all eyes are on Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio, wondering if he might walk away from it. There are concerns that the rising political star from Florida, crucial to attracting Republican support…

Ruckus in Wisconsin Senate: Republicans push through ultrasound bill after silencing Democrats

Republican state senators in Wisconsin on Wednesday silenced Democratic lawmakers while passing a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before being able to receive an abortion. Wednesday’s Senate session began with state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D) reading letters from several constituents who opposed the bill. “The idea of…

California governor and lawmakers reach deal on budget surplus

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and top Democrats in the legislature have agreed to a state budget deal that gives them some increased spending in exchange for accepting his more cautious revenue outlook, a lawmaker involved in budget talks said on Monday. The state Assembly and Senate…

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