March 14th, 2014
10:06 AM ET
1 month ago

Scott Brown moves closer to Senate run in N.H.

(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts took his first concrete steps Friday towards launching a Republican challenge in neighboring New Hampshire against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is up for re-election this year.

Brown announced at a speech at a major GOP conference in New Hampshire that he's launching an exploratory committee, which allows him to hire staff and raise money for a Senate run.

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Filed under: 2014 • Massachusetts • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
Senate deal would extend long-term jobless benefits
March 13th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
1 month ago

Senate deal would extend long-term jobless benefits

(CNN) – A group of 10 U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for five months, a development one negotiator called a "bipartisan breakthrough."

Five Republicans have signed on to the $10 billion measure, effectively meaning it should clear the Democratic-led chamber. A vote is not expected until after next week's recess and prospects for passage in the House are uncertain.

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Filed under: Congress • Senate • unemployment
March 13th, 2014
03:58 PM ET
1 month ago

Graham offers to 'help' Kerry deal with Boehner

Washington (CNN) - GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was caught Thursday on an open microphone offering to help the Obama administration try to convince House Speaker John Boehner to support the Senate's Ukraine assistance bill.

The moment happened as Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up testimony in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Graham walked over to the witness table, leaned over to talk to Kerry and was heard on a live mic saying "Hey John, good job! Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner."

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Filed under: John Kerry • Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina • Ukraine
March 12th, 2014
05:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Senate committee approves Ukraine aid package, Russia sanctions

(CNN) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a package of loans and aid for Ukraine along with sanctions against Russia for its military intervention in Crimea.

The measure also includes approval of long-delayed reforms at the International Monetary Fund, which are opposed by many Republicans and could complicate final congressional passage of the bill.
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Filed under: Russia • Senate • Ukraine
Senate blocks military sexual assault bill
March 6th, 2014
04:38 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate blocks military sexual assault bill

(CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday defeated an impassioned legislative push to reduce the growing problem of sex assault in the armed forces by overhauling the way the military prosecutes serious crimes.

By a vote of 55 to 45, a bill championed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand failed to get the 60 votes needed for passage.

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Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate
March 5th, 2014
07:22 PM ET
2 months ago

Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate

(CNN) – In a surprisingly strong vote, the Senate on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s controversial choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

The bipartisan rejection came after the widow of a slain Philadelphia officer pleaded with senators to vote “no.”

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Filed under: Congress • Senate
GOP campaign group tries to define candidates early with new video
March 5th, 2014
03:51 PM ET
2 months ago

GOP campaign group tries to define candidates early with new video

Washington (CNN) - At the Republican National Convention in 2012, Mitt Romney's campaign featured a series of touching, biographical videos that showed a more personal side to the former Massachusetts governor.

But it was too late. By that point, just a little more than two months before Election Day, Democrats had spent millions trying to define Romney as a greedy, heartless politician.
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Filed under: 2014 • NRSC • Senate
Poll: Anti-incumbent feelings at all time high
March 4th, 2014
09:38 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Anti-incumbent feelings at all time high

Washington (CNN) - Eight months to the day before Election Day 2014, anti-incumbent sentiments are at a record high, according to a new national poll.

And an ABC News/Washington Post survey also indicates that with control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs this November, Republicans have a slight advantage over Democrats in the states holding Senate elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • House of Representatives • Senate
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 27th, 2014
03:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Vets bill fails in Senate, victim of election-year gridlock

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic bill designed to make numerous improvements to services for veterans failed in the Senate Thursday, a victim of the partisan gridlock and election-year acrimony that dominates the chamber.

On a largely party-line vote, 56 to 41, the measure didn’t get the 60 votes it needed to clear a procedural hurdle.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans
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