Tea Party Express calls on Akin to step down
August 20th, 2012
06:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Tea Party Express calls on Akin to step down

(CNN) – The nation's largest tea party political action committee, the Tea Party Express, is calling on Rep. Todd Akin to step down as Missouri's Republican nominee for a Senate seat on Monday following controversial comments the congressman made about rape.

Answering a question about whether he thought abortion should be legal in cases of rape, Akin said in an interview Sunday that in instances of "legitimate rape" the female body has ways of stopping a potential pregnancy. Video of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge.

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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Republican Party • Senate Race • Senate Republicans
Portman: 'I think I'll end up being' in the Senate
August 8th, 2012
08:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Portman: 'I think I'll end up being' in the Senate

Denver (CNN) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman threw cold water on the idea of becoming Mitt Romney's running mate on Wednesday, saying he thinks he'll "end up staying" in the Senate.

"I just got elected two years ago. I think that's where I'm going to end up staying," Portman said when asked his thoughts about possibly leaving the Senate and becoming vice president.
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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rob Portman • Senate Republicans
Senate Republican frustration mounting with House GOP
December 21st, 2011
01:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republican frustration mounting with House GOP

Washington (CNN)- The House GOP is coming under increasing fire from fellow Republicans in the Senate for the payroll tax standoff with Democrats – which many in the GOP see as a growing political debacle.

Multiple Senate GOP sources told CNN that frustration with their counterparts in the House is mounting.
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Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill
October 13th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans unveil alternative jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - A group of Republican senators unveiled job creation legislation Thursday that is designed to be a policy and political counterpoint to the Democratic measures President Obama has pressured Republicans to pass.

Built around well-known GOP principles to shrink the footprint of Washington on the economy by cutting taxes, spending, and federal regulations, Republicans believe having actual legislation they can point to will weaken the president's charge that Republicans aren't doing enough to create jobs.
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Filed under: Congress • Jobs • Senate Republicans
Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos
October 12th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos

Washington (CNN) – With his $447 billion jobs bill stalled in the Senate , President Obama on Wednesday previewed several of the attack lines he will level in the coming weeks against Senate Republicans who put the brakes on the legislation from moving forward.

“Last night even though a majority of senators voted in favor of the American Jobs Act, a Republican minority got together and blocked this jobs bill from passing the Senate,” Obama told Latino community leaders at an event in Washington. “They said no to more jobs for teachers. No to more jobs for cops and firefighters. No to more jobs construction workers and veterans. No to tax cuts for small business owners and middle class Americans.”

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate • Senate Republicans
Tense Senate exchange flares over president's jobs bill
October 5th, 2011
12:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Tense Senate exchange flares over president's jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - In response to President Barack Obama's repeated calls for Congress to pass his jobs bill right away, Senate Republicans tried to call his bluff and force a quick vote on that legislation Tuesday.

The move, which Democrats blocked, was designed by Republicans to highlight that even some Democratic senators oppose the president's plan and it can't pass.

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate • Senate Republicans
Senate Republicans offer compromise to debt ceiling impasse
July 12th, 2011
03:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans offer compromise to debt ceiling impasse

Washington (CNN) – Senate Republicans offered a politically inspired fallback option to the debt ceiling impasse Tuesday, proposing three short-term increases in the amount the government can borrow while at the same time registering the disapproval of Congress for such a move.

The proposal is certain to be rejected by President Barack Obama and Democrats. Obama said Monday he would reject any short-term extension of the debt ceiling.
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Filed under: Debt • Senate Republicans
Obama appeals court nominee asks to be withdrawn
May 25th, 2011
09:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama appeals court nominee asks to be withdrawn

(CNN) – Goodwin Liu, a California law professor nominated by President Barack Obama for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asked Thursday for his name to be withdrawn after Senate Republicans had invoked a rarely used filibuster to block a final floor vote.

"With no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon, my family and I have decided that it is time for us to regain the ability to make plans for the future," Liu said in a letter to Obama. The letter was provided to CNN by a source at the University of California Law School, where Liu teaches.

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Filed under: President Obama • Senate Republicans
Senate Democrats fail to block filibuster over judicial nominee
May 19th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats fail to block filibuster over judicial nominee

Washington (CNN) - Invoking a rarely used filibuster, Republican senators scored a major tactical and political victory Thursday, blocking a final floor vote for a controversial judicial nominee. California law professor Goodwin Liu has been tapped to serve on the U-S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco.

A cloture maneuver to end weeks of delays over the nomination failed when Democrats could not secure the necessary 60 votes
to end debate and move ahead with an up-or-down vote.

Liu was the first of President Obama's judicial picks to be successfully filibustered. Republicans complained he was inexperienced
and a partisan ideologue. Democrats countered he was a thoughtful mainstream candidate well qualified to serve.


Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Republican senators press president on War Powers deadline
May 18th, 2011
06:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Republican senators press president on War Powers deadline

Washington (CNN) – As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days.

"Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response," wrote the GOP senators Wednesday.
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Filed under: John Kerry • John McCain • Libya • Rand Paul • Senate Republicans
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