(CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday described the National Rifle Association as the biggest stumbling block to passing her assault weapons ban proposal.
"The NRA is venal. They come after you, they put together large amounts of money to defeat you," she said on CNN's "State of the Union." "They did this in '93, and they intend to continue it."
Washington (CNN) - The package of legislative measures meant to stem gun violence – proposed by President Barack Obama last week - was met with varying forecasts of success Sunday by lawmakers who will take up the plan in the coming days.
And David Plouffe, a senior adviser to Obama, told CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley that he was confident certain measures, like reinforcing laws mandating background checks during gun sales, would succeed in Congress.
(CNN) – As the hours wind down to President Barack Obama's inaugural address, the White House says they see Monday's remarks as one in a series of speeches laying out the president's vision for his second term that started with his victory on election night.
The tone of Obama's inaugural address will be "hopeful," White House senior adviser David Plouffe told CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley from the National Mall in Washington.
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(CNN) – Sen. Chris Murphy doesn't share the National Rifle Association's assessment that Congress won't pass an assault weapons ban.
"I think (the NRA) is wrong," the Connecticut Democrat said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think that this issue is going to continue to move."
(CNN) - As debate thunders through Washington over a ban on assault weapons, the president of the powerful National Rifle Association said Sunday he believes there's not enough support on Capitol Hill for such legislation to pass.
"I would say that the likelihood is they're not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress," David Keene said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) – The eleventh-hour compromise that avoided the fiscal cliff cannot be repeated when it comes time to raise the nation's debt ceiling, top lawmakers agreed Sunday.
But whether Republicans and Democrats can agree on how to raise the debt ceiling - specifically, whether or not to pair the increase with spending cuts - remains to be seen.
(CNN) – The upcoming fight in Congress over raising the federal debt ceiling was previewed Sunday by two freshman lawmakers representing opposing viewpoints on whether spending cuts should be paired with the increase.
Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, have said they plan to use the battle over raising the debt ceiling as leverage for more spending cuts, which were left out of last week's deal to avert the fiscal cliff. If the ceiling isn't raised by late February or early March, the United States runs the risk of defaulting on its obligations, because the Treasury would no longer have enough money available to pay all the country's bills.
(CNN) - Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee sought to assure Americans on Sunday over the looming fiscal cliff, expressing full confidence that most people won't start off the new year with new taxes.
In an interview on CNN, the Republican senator also predicted the income threshold for tax increases will be at least $500,000 per year, rather than President Barack Obama's proposal of $250,000.
(CNN) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers were split Sunday over the trajectory of last-minute efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff, a series of major tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in just after the start of the new year.
While President Barack Obama has called on the Senate to pass legislation that would extend tax cuts for middle-class Americans, Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said such action fails to solve the country's deficit problem.
Update 4:30 p.m. ET: Following increased pressure to pass farm legislation by the end of the year, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Sunday that the House and Senate have developed a short-term farm bill extension to prevent dairy prices from soaring in the new year.
The bill "also prevents eventual damage to our entire agriculture economy," Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in a statement.
Rep. Frank Lucas, Stabenow's Republican counterpart in the House, said the extension would last one year, but GOP leadership aides tell CNN there has been no decision on whether to bring the stopgap measure for a vote by January 1.
(CNN) - While Congress faces escalating pressure to avoid the fiscal cliff, a key Cabinet member is issuing dire warnings for the economy if Washington fails to immediately act on other vital legislation waiting in the wings.
"It is unconscionable that we don't have a farm bill," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "This is just historic."