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Pat Toomey informs the Senate of Boston Marathon attack

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) broke the disturbing news of the Boston Marathon bombing to the Senate on Monday afternoon. “It appears that tragedy has struck the Boston Marathon,” he said on the Senate floor. “Bombs have gone off and there are injuries we know of, causalities the severity of which…

Senate confirms John Brennan as next CIA director

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed counterterrorism expert John Brennan to be the next CIA director, filling a third crucial position on President Barack Obama’s national security team. The Senate voted 63-34 with several Republicans flocking to approve Brennan following a dramatic 13-hour filibuster the night before by Republican Rand…

First-term Nebraska Republican senator announces retirement

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), in his first term in the Senate, unexpectedly announced Monday that he will not be seeking re-election. The 62-year-old senator and former Governor of Nebraska was swept into power in the very red state in 2008, taking the place of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, who Johanns…

Senate confirms Kerry as next secretary of state

The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next secretary of state, approving President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton by a wide majority. The Senate voted 94-3 in favor of Kerry, after the chamber’s Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination earlier in the day. His…

Senate passes resolution calling on China to ease restrictions on Tibet

The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests. In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored “repressive policies targeting Tibetans” despite warnings from China,…

Sens. Leahy, Grassley push to repair the STOCK Act

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called for Congress to convene a conference committee to restore two amendments to the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act. “These are two of the most important and substantive provisions in the bill,” they said. “Without them the legislation would be…

House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax extension

House Republicans have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday for 160 million U.S. workers, congressional sources told Talking Points Memo and the National Journal. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate struck a short-term compromise on the payroll tax cut and employment insurance. But House Speaker…

House Republicans oppose Senate payroll tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner threw into doubt the fate of a popular tax break for workers on Sunday, saying he and his fellow House Republicans oppose the two-month extension backed by the Senate and want something longer passed before the holiday break. Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet…

Senate passage of payroll tax cut extension forces Obama to deal with Keystone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Saturday to extend a payroll tax cut for two months in legislation that also attempts to force President Barack Obama to approve construction of an oil pipeline. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation by a vote of 89-10. It is expected to be…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks about Congress blocking consumer panel nomination

President Barack Obama speaks about the Senate blocking Richard Cordray as his nomination to the Consumer Protection Bureau. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast Nov. 25, 2011.  …

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