WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats said they were hopeful they had pulled off "a Christmas miracle" by gaining enough votes to pass a health care bill benefiting 9/11 rescue workers.
Long-time champion of the bill, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said in the past 48 hours Democrats had retooled the measure to gain Republican support. He said Democrats would introduce the bill after the last vote on the START nuclear arms treaty, which has occupied the Senate for several days.
(CNN) - Ok, here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what happened on the show. First, Senator Mitch McConnell, the top Republican on the Senate side said A) he’s not going to support the U.S. missile treaty with Russia otherwise known as START – that he’s worried about a variety of things and he doesn’t think there’s been enough time to actually digest what it is.
(CNN) - Here are some of the most notable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:
On the START treaty:
"I've decided I cannot support the treaty. I think the verification provisions are inadequate. And I do worry about the missile defense implications of it. ... I think if they'd taken more time with this - rushing it right before Christmas, it strikes me as trying to jam us." - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, CNN's "State of the Union"
Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans mounted a counter-attack Sunday against ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, trying to put off a vote that Democrats say they will win if it is held.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky led the way, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that members of his party need more time to consider the START accord.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden revealed Sunday that tax cuts and the estate tax for those with higher incomes will be the administration's top priorities in 2012.
Biden played an essential role in negotiating the tax compromise recently passed through Congress that included a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels, a revival of the estate tax at a lower level, and the continuation of unemployment benefits for an additional 13 months. He said Democrats scaled back what they wanted to reach the compromise, but predicted that won't happen the next time around.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky voiced opposition Sunday to the New START - a nuclear arms treaty with Russia - saying that members of his party need more time to consider the legislation.
"I've decided I cannot support the treaty," McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” "I think if they'd taken more time with this, rushing it right before Christmas strikes me as trying to jam us."
Washington (CNN) - The Senate will consider a proposal to fund the government until March under an agreement worked out by its Republican and Democratic leaders, the chamber's top Republican told CNN on Sunday.
Spending authorization measures are necessary to keep the government running. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week approved a brief extension of the funding resolution that was expiring on Saturday, allowing the government to keep running through Tuesday.
(CNN) - Even in the midst of incredible tension on the North Korean peninsula, there have been a few lighter moments as I continue covering New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's extraordinary visit here.
He's trying to calm down the tensions and has been meeting with senior North Korean diplomats, generals and nuclear officials, including Kim Gye Gwan, the North Korean who invited Richardson here on this mission.
(CNN)–It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your coffee.
On our radar this morning: The flurry of Senate activity this weekend, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and the latest on the war strategy in Afghanistan.
Check out what we're reading, and watch the show today to see our exclusive interview with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at 9 a.m./12 p.m. ET.