(CNN) - Members of the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment Saturday that would have taken out language that recognizes a relationship between offensive and defensive weapons from the preamble of the new START treaty, the proposed nuclear arms treaty with Russia. The vote was 59-37 against the amendment, which was put forward by Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Washington (CNN) - The military's prohibition of openly gay people serving within its ranks is one step closer to ending, after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal the armed forces' "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Eight Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut joined the chamber's Democrats to back the legislation, which passed by a 65-31 margin. The bill needed a simple majority - meaning support from 51 of the Senate's 100 members - to pass.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Members of the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. With House of Representatives legislators having voted similarly Wednesday, the bill now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.
Washington (CNN) - The proposed nuclear arms treaty with Russia, the New START, is now a political football of sorts, entering into the 2012 lexicon.
While the bill remains a point of contention between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill where the Senate has yet to vote on the measure, some potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are staking out their positions.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A bill that offers a path to citizenship to some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children failed a procedural vote in the Senate on Saturday.
Known formally as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the DREAM Act fell five votes short of the 60 needed to be considered for final passage.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Both parties touted the passage of the bipartisan tax deal signed into law Friday in their weekly internet and radio addresses, but their description of the process shows party divides are still alive and well.
The compromise, which passed in the Senate and House, was the result of negotiations between both parties and the White House that came together after Republicans made significant gains in both chambers, winning the majority in the new House.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law, which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.
The measure now goes to President Obama to sign. The House of Representatives passed the measure 250-175 on Wednesday.FULL STORY