A bipartisan tribute to the Gettysburg Address
November 18th, 2013
09:26 PM ET
8 months ago

A bipartisan tribute to the Gettysburg Address

(CNN) - Amid the political divisiveness in Washington, two U.S. senators from North Dakota recited the Gettysburg Address together in a show of bipartisanship to honor the famed speech in light of its 150th anniversary on Tuesday.

In a video posted on YouTube, GOP Sen. John Hoeven and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp recited Abraham Lincoln's historic address for the Learn the Address project, an initiative started by filmmaker Ken Burns.
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Filed under: Heidi Heitkamp • John Hoeven • North Dakota
Bipartisan group of senators helped pave the way for a Senate deal
October 16th, 2013
06:45 PM ET
10 months ago

Bipartisan group of senators helped pave the way for a Senate deal

Washington (CNN) - Congressional approval ratings hovered at historic lows. Republican and Democrats hurled insults at each other and among themselves. The political circus in Washington even made its way to "Saturday Night Live: - in a sketch featuring Miley Cyrus, at that.

It seemed that nothing would break through the partisan stronghold that left Capitol Hill at a standstill in the weeks leading up to and during the partial government shutdown.

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October 15th, 2013
09:51 AM ET
10 months ago

Corker: 'We've spent all this time on a rabbit trail'

(CNN) - As the Senate veers on the edge of a deal to end the partial government shutdown, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said lawmakers have made progress but criticized his own party for having "wasted two months" trying change the health care law using must-pass spending legislation.

"To be candid, it's an embarrassment to me that we have spent all this time on a rabbit trail, leading us to where we are," he said on CNN's "New Day."
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Two more Senate Dems support same-sex marriage
April 5th, 2013
10:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Two more Senate Dems support same-sex marriage

(CNN) - The ranks of Senate Democrats who back same-sex marriage grew Friday morning by two as Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp came out publically in support of overturning a federal law banning marriages between same sex couples.

"With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all," Donnelly, elected last November, wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.
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Filed under: Heidi Heitkamp • Joe Donnelly • Same-sex marriage
Freshman lawmakers preview debt ceiling battle
January 6th, 2013
09:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Freshman lawmakers preview debt ceiling battle

(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.
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