How can Congress prevent a shutdown?
September 30th, 2013
01:19 PM ET
11 months ago

How can Congress prevent a shutdown?

Washington (CNN) – How do over 500 men and women sworn to uphold and defend Constitutional duties that include "the power of the purse" keep government running after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday?

It appears simple: pass an identical funding bill in both chambers of Congress. Fund the government temporarily and figure the rest out later.
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Democrats step closer to 'nuclear option' in filibuster fight
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
July 11th, 2013
07:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Democrats step closer to 'nuclear option' in filibuster fight

Washington (CNN) - Democrats took steps towards dramatically limiting Senate filibusters Thursday over the angry objections of Republicans who warned the move would destroy bipartisan cooperation in the chamber.

For months, Democrats, in the majority, have threatened to use the so-called "nuclear option" to jam through rules changes for filibusters, and a showdown is now likely early next week.
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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Obama reaches out to Senate Democrats
March 12th, 2013
06:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama reaches out to Senate Democrats

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama attended the first of four meetings on Capitol Hill this week, it was clear that many of the Senate Democrats he lunched with wanted to bend his ear.

"There were quite a bit of questions, he stayed for a long time," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, said about the meeting that was scheduled for 60 minutes but went for about 90. "Sen. (Majority Leader Harry) Reid gave him ample opportunity to leave and he decided to stay and answer more questions."
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Filed under: President Obama • Senate Democrats
Sources: Biden on Hill to talk guns with Senate Dems
January 31st, 2013
01:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Biden on Hill to talk guns with Senate Dems

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is on Capitol Hill this hour to meet with Senate Democrats, and Senate aides said he was there to build support for gun legislation

The vice president was attending the Democratic Caucus meeting.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Senate Democrats
Fiscal cliff: Three possible scenarios Democrats may pursue
December 21st, 2012
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Fiscal cliff: Three possible scenarios Democrats may pursue

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama insist they're not giving up on the - currently stalled - one-on-one talks to avert the fiscal cliff, but regardless, sources in both parties now believe that with Boehner's Plan B having bombed, the next move will now start in the Senate.

A senior Democratic Senate source laid out three scenarios Democrats in the Senate are considering: either go over the cliff; push for a fall back measure, an alternative to going over the cliff; or push for a broad deal, such as the deal Obama offered Boehner last weekend, which Democrats said included $2 trillion in tax increases and spending cuts.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Senate Democrats
Partisan field day: Reid, Durbin on Romney remarks
September 19th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Partisan field day: Reid, Durbin on Romney remarks

(CNN) – Senate Democrats hurried to the floor Wednesday to comment on Mitt Romney's controversial secretly recorded fund-raiser comments, among them Majority Leader Harry Reid who claimed that Romney "only wants to be president of half of the United States."

The video of the Republican nominee at a private, high-dollar fund-raiser in May posted Monday and Tuesday by the liberal news website Mother Jones went viral over Romney's comments claiming that nearly half of the population would automatically vote for President Obama because they are dependent on the government, among other controversial remarks.
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Filed under: 2012 • Dick Durbin • Harry Reid • Senate Democrats
Sizing up the millionaire tax
October 6th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Sizing up the millionaire tax

New York (CNNMoney) - If Senate Democrats have their way, millionaires and billionaires will pay more in taxes for President Obama's jobs bill. How much?

Answer: $110,467 a year.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • President Obama • Senate Democrats
Deal pushes 'millionaire's surtax' plan back to 2013
October 5th, 2011
10:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Deal pushes 'millionaire's surtax' plan back to 2013

Washington (CNN) - The White House and Senate Democrats have agreed to push the effective date of a proposed "millionaire's surtax" back a year to January 2013 and to slightly raise the rate, White House and congressional sources told CNN on Wednesday.

A 5% surtax on Americans earning $1 million or more per year - proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, as a means of funding President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill - had been planned to take effect in January 2012. Under the new agreement, the surtax would be 5.6%, a Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Jobs • President Obama • Senate Democrats
Obama aides hear jobs bill concerns from Senate Democrats
September 15th, 2011
06:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama aides hear jobs bill concerns from Senate Democrats

Washington (CNN) Senate Democrats huddled with top Obama administration officials in the Capitol Thursday to pore through the details of the president’s jobs bill and figure out the best way to pass it through the chamber.

Most senators departing the 90-minute meeting with White House aides Gene Sperling, David Plouffe and others said they support the $447 billion proposal, which is designed to boost employment. However, some expressed concerns about the price tag of the bill and the president’s plan to raise some taxes to cover the costs.
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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate Democrats
BREAKING: Senate votes down Boehner plan
July 29th, 2011
08:29 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Senate votes down Boehner plan

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats on Friday blocked the latest House Republican proposal to cut spending and increase the federal debt ceiling, setting up a weekend of negotiations to seek a deal that would avoid a potential federal default next week.


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Senate • Senate Democrats
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