Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate
March 26th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate

(CNN) - Democrats in jeopardy of losing control of the Senate this year unveiled a 2014 agenda on Wednesday filled with carefully crafted language and messaging aimed at middle class voters they believe will decide many key races.

Dubbing it a "Fair Shot for Everyone," and using the words "fair" or "fairness" in as many sentences as they could, Senate Democratic leaders announced they will focus on issues like raising the minimum wage, making college and child care more affordable, and closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to hire overseas.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Senate Democrats
Senior Dems want Europe input on any Russia sanctions
March 3rd, 2014
07:01 PM ET
2 months ago

Senior Dems want Europe input on any Russia sanctions

Washington (CNN) - Senior Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, cautioned Monday that any U.S. move toward sanctions against Russia over Ukraine should be carried out in accordance with European allies.

Separately, Republican Ron Johnson, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he's urging fellow lawmakers to speak with "one voice" as they discuss action over the developing situation in Crimea.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Pat Leahy • Ron Johnson • Senate • Senate Democrats
February 6th, 2014
12:49 PM ET
2 months ago

Source: Obama offers to stay away from some Senate races

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats that he's willing to stay away from election battles where his presence would not be helpful, a Democratic source said - an apparent nod to his poll numbers.

Obama's comments came when he and former President Bill Clinton attended the Senate Democrats' issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Senate • Senate Democrats
Obama tells Dems keeping control of the Senate is top priority for 2014
February 5th, 2014
06:51 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama tells Dems keeping control of the Senate is top priority for 2014

(CNN) – President Barack Obama assured Democrats that maintaining control of the Senate is his top priority this year, according to sources present at a meeting between the President and Senate Democrats on Wednesday.

Continuing outreach to members of his party ahead of this year's midterm elections, Obama, along with former President Bill Clinton, attended the Senate Democrats' issues conference at the Washington National's Park.

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Filed under: 2014 • Senate Democrats
Senate clears key nominations, leaves town for Christmas
December 20th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
4 months ago

Senate clears key nominations, leaves town for Christmas

(CNN) – Senators cast their last votes of the year Friday - confirming a new IRS commissioner and the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department - and dashed from the Capitol to start their Christmas recess.

Their final votes, to break Republican filibusters and approve several of President Barack Obama's nominees, seemed a fitting conclusion to a year when the divisive issues of filibusters and nominations were dominant.

Friday wrapped up a grueling week of work for Senate lawmakers, who conducted marathon sessions over stalled nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized briefly for exhaustion. He was back home and cleared to return to work by evening.
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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Nominations fight threatens start of Senate recess
December 18th, 2013
08:17 PM ET
4 months ago

Nominations fight threatens start of Senate recess

Washington (CNN) - Fallout from the so-called “nuclear option” Senate Democrats triggered last month - when they dramatically weakened the ability of minority Republicans to filibuster presidential nominees - continued to reverberate through the Capitol on Wednesday as GOP Senators threatened to keep the chamber working into the Christmas recess if Democrats insisted on approving a large slate of presidential nominees.

It remained unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would press ahead to clear the nominees or pull back from the brink and let senators return home for the holidays.

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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change
November 22nd, 2013
05:10 PM ET
5 months ago

Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change

(CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week’s decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber’s filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans.

The so-called “nuclear option” will allow a bare majority of senators – as opposed to 60 - to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber’s 100 seats.
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Filed under: Rush Limbaugh • Senate Democrats
Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations
October 31st, 2013
06:38 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out.

In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • Senate • Senate Democrats • Tom Harkin
Senate Democrats vent at White House officials over Obamacare roll out
October 31st, 2013
05:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate Democrats vent at White House officials over Obamacare roll out

(CNN) - Top Obama administration officials involved in the troubled roll out of the Obamacare website got an earful from Senate Democrats in a closed meeting on Thursday.

“There is a lot of frustration,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, as she left the session in the Capitol with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, and former acting White House Budget Office Director Jeff Zients, who is spearheading the administration’s response to the problems.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Senate Democrats • White House
Senate Democrats 'sync up' at the White House
October 12th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate Democrats 'sync up' at the White House

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic leaders emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama Saturday evening saying they were more cohesive than ever.

Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington and Dick Durbin of Illinois had a "very productive meeting" with the President, according to a Senate Democratic aide. Although they did not move forward on any particular deal or plan, they "reviewed a number of the options raised in meetings over the last few days."
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