(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee will no longer support Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri in his U.S. Senate bid, a source from the group told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Monday.
It was communicated to the congressman that the NRSC will be pulling out if he decides to stay in the race, the source said one day after the Senate candidate sparked a firestorm by claiming that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy.
(CNN) - Stop playing politics with taxes, President Barack Obama told Congress in his weekly address Saturday.
No, that's what your party is doing, Sen. John Cornyn said, speaking for the GOP.
Washington (CNN) – Two leading senators from opposing political sides agreed on Sunday that the major issues facing the upper chamber, like taxes and spending, will not be addressed before the November elections. But they disagreed on who deserves the blame.
"I think that's an honest appraisal," Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said on CNN's "State of the Union," when asked if it was true the Senate would stall on such topics before the 2012 election.
Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's criticism of the House GOP plan for Medicare reform has opened a hornet's nest inside the party, but at least two influential Republicans are steering clear of the controversy.
"I don't comment on other candidates," Sen. John McCain, the last GOP nominee for president, said with a grin. "I spent a couple of years doing that."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Cornyn said he will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless it’s accompanied by systematic reforms to address long-term spending and the national debt.
“That's the price that's going to have to be paid, systemic reforms, in order to get Republican support for raising the debt ceiling, otherwise I think you are going to see Democrats having to do that all by themselves,” Cornyn said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Washington (CNN) - Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who oversees the campaign efforts on behalf of Senate Republicans, will run for GOP whip in the next Congress, a Cornyn aide confirms to CNN.
"Let there be no mistake, Sen. Cornyn is running for whip," a senior Cornyn aide told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans have vowed to force a vote on repealing the health care law, but when should we expect it to occur?
Well, Sen. John Cornyn suggested Tuesday morning it might happen soon.
Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it isn't taking sides in any battle down the road for the party's Senate nomination in Missouri.
The primary winner there will take on freshman Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who's up for re-election 2012.
A Republican party source confirms to CNN reports that Sen. John Cornyn, the NRSC chairman, spoke before Thanksgiving with former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman about a possible bid for the Senate nomination. The source tells CNN that Steelman called Cornyn, rather than the other way around, and that Cornyn suggested to Steelman that if she thought she could mount a good campaign, then she should run.
(CNN) - Sen. John Cornyn is expected Tuesday to formally make a bid for another two years as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
GOP sources confirm to CNN that the Texas Republican will put his name up for nomination for re-election as NRSC chairman, as the Senate Republican Conference meets behind closed doors. According to the sources, the two-term senator is not expected to face any opposition in his bid to remain as NRSC chairman, and has already secured the support of a number of new Republican Senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
(CNN) - When Congress returns for its lame duck session this week, its members will have to decide which issues to tackle first, and according to one Republican, that will not include a discussion of the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said the priorities should be passing a continuing resolution so the government will continue to run through January and addressing the tax cut extensions.