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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…

Senate advances STOCK Act to end congressional insider trading

The Senate voted Monday to begin debate on legislation that prohibits lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on information they learn during congressional briefings and related work. In a rare show of bipartisan support, the Senate advance the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, or STOCK Act by…

Congress reaches deal to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers clinched a deal to avoid a government shutdown that could have further undermined public confidence in American leaders, congressional sources said. Negotiators from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-dominated Senate agreed to allow a vote by Friday on a $1 trillion bill that would…

Human rights attorney calls on Senate to nix indefinite detention provision

Raha Wala, an attorney with Human Rights First, said Wednesday that the Senate should take up eliminating legislation regarding new rules for detaining terrorist suspects as its first order of business. A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is debating this week, would authorize the…

Warren debates rivals in Massachusetts Senate race

BOSTON – Consumer advocate and former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren squared off with Democratic rivals in her first political debate on Tuesday as she campaigns to unseat Republican Scott Brown in next year’s Massachusetts Senate race. Democrats are eager to take back the seat Brown won in an upset…

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