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Senate passes bipartisan bill offering veterans more medical care options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easing healthcare delays for veterans by giving them more access to private care and allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to open more clinics and hire more medical staff. The vote in the Democratic-led Senate followed…

Battle over Keystone pipeline likely to kill Senate’s attempt to pass energy efficiency bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate agreed on Tuesday to begin debate on a bipartisan energy efficiency bill, but seems unlikely to pass it unless lawmakers agree on how to proceed with the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline project. The Senate voted 79 to 20 to advance the legislation, the…

California state Senate votes to suspend three Democrats over criminal investigations

(Reuters) – The California state Senate voted to suspend three Democratic lawmakers on Friday who have been the subject of criminal probes, including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges. The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the trio, all of…

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…

Sen. Mark Kirk supports ENDA in first Senate speech since stroke

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) devoted his first remarks on the Senate floor on Monday since suffering a stroke to expressing his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Huffington Post reported. “I have been silent for the past two years due to a stroke,” Kirk said, after being allowed…

Debt limit talks in disarray after House GOP fails to back Senate deal

Democrats accuse hardline Republicans of sabotaging bipartisan deal after negotiations to raise debt ceiling left in limbo A fragile deal to end the US budget crisis collapsed on Tuesday when Democrats accused conservative Republicans of sabotaging the bipartisan proposals less than two days before the country’s borrowing authority expires. A…

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…

Will Cory Booker’s ‘rock star’ status get in the way in the Senate?

Cory Booker didn’t want to run for Senate. Shortly after his re-election as mayor of Newark in 2010, he was asked about the prospect. “I can think of no office that would be less attractive,” Booker said. “I would be discussing rules of…  …

Everything you need to know about how Congress is debating patent reform

The tech industry has been vocal in the immigration debate, which took a major step forward when the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that, if signed into law, would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented…  …

Senate reaches tentative deal to stave off filibuster showdown

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly reached a deal on Tuesday to avert a filibuster showdown in the Senate over the confirmation of nominees to head government agencies. According to the Washington Post, the deal, which Reid said will be finalized…

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