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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…

Watch live: Senate holds hearing on military sexual assault

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on legislation relating to sexual assaults in the military. Watch the hearing, broadcast via NBC News on June 4.…

Watch live: Senate questions Holder on drug war, drones and gun control

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about the Department of Justice’s plans to address marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, along with the department’s recent disclosure that a drone strike on U.S. soil is legally possible. This live video is embedded courtesy of C-SPAN…

Watch live: Senate committee votes on Hagel confirmation

Senate Armed Services Committee votes to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 12. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Assault weapons ban likely to die in GOP-dominated House

The assault weapons ban proposed by US President Barack Obama on Wednesday faces quicksand in Congress, where Republicans are in a position to defeat any such a measure. Instead, lawmakers in the House and Senate could address some of Obama’s other proposals, including a universal background check for all gun…

Vermont senators blast the JOBS Act after Senate passes it

Vermont Sens. Bernie Sanders (I) and Patrick Leahy (D) on Thursday trashed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, saying it could lead to another financial crisis. The Senate voted 73 to 26 to pass the bill, which was aimed at making it easier for small business’s to raise capital.…

Cantor slammed for ‘neutering’ the STOCK Act

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) faced criticism on Wednesday for introducing a version of the STOCK Act which many said had severely weakened the legislation. “Rep. Cantor has opposed the STOCK Act from the start and his bill reflects that,” said Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility…

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