(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not directly involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a report Saturday by NBC News.
She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators – Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia – who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association, according to NBC. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, is expected to support the deal.
(CNN) - Just one week ago, former Sen. Scott Brown's suggestion his political future might lie not in Massachusetts but New Hampshire stirred speculation he might try to unseat a Democratic senator there in 2014.
But when Brown, a Republican, appeared in New Hampshire on Saturday - for another in a series of speaking invitations he has accepted there - he stressed his connections to the Granite State were about more than politics.
(CNN) - CNN's Athena Jones looks at guns, background checks and mental illness ahead of the Senate considering gun background check legislation.
Washington (CNN) - Any undocumented immigrant who entered the country after December 31, 2011, will not be eligible for citizenship under terms of the immigration deal set to be unveiled Tuesday by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators, a Senate aide told CNN on Saturday.
Specifics of the program included in the legislation were among the details the eight senators - four Republicans and four Democrats - needed to iron out. Sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN this week the sweeping measure was on track to be unveiled Tuesday.
(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was late for dinner with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, but she told a news outlet she had a fair excuse.
And, according to the report in Politico, the president agreed.
(CNN) - It would be the latest strange twist in the story involving actress Ashley Judd, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and a secretly recorded tape of a campaign strategy session.
But the local Democratic official who a Kentucky newspaper reported Saturday would recant at least some of his story tells CNN that the report is not true.
(CNN) – The budget unveiled this week by President Barack Obama, characterized by the White House as a compromise package, was dismissed Saturday in the weekly GOP address for its tax increases on wealthy Americans.
"If we were to implement the president's budget, taxes would go up on just about every American, including middle-class families," Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, said in the address, adding Obama's budget "isn't what compromise looks like."
(CNN) - For the first time in his White House tenure, President Barack Obama handed the weekly address to someone outside his administration.
He stepped aside so a mother who lost her son in the Newtown school massacre could press Congress to act on new measure tightening access to guns.