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Battle to end anti-LGBT job discrimination gets a boost in Senate

Procedural vote to move to a debate on the ENDA bill, viewed as a key test of support for the bill, passed the Senate by 61 votes to 30 A landmark bill that would ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people passed a key vote in the US…

Mexican senate approves new taxes on junk food and soda

Mexico’s Senate passed a vast fiscal reform on Thursday to increase the government’s lackluster tax revenue through new levies on higher earners, junk food and soda. The reform was championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to boost government coffers in order to invest in infrastructure and create a universal social…

Senate rejects House Republicans demand for a conference

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a House demand to negotiate a budget compromise aimed at ending the day-old government shutdown, leaving lawmakers envisioning no quick solution to the crisis. After a series of back-and-forth bills yielded no progress Monday in the frantic hours before federal agencies began closing their…

WATCH LIVE: Senate reconvenes as government shutdown looms

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Monday will consider a House bill that funds the governments but delays the Affordable Care Act. Watch live video, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

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,…

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