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
1 month 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
1 month 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
February 26th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Keystone pipeline may be headed for further delay

Washington (CNN) - A debate of more than five years could stretch even longer with Wednesday's call for a health study on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Two Democratic senators - Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island - urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine higher rates of cancer and other illness reported in places impacted by the "tar sands" oil from northern Alberta.

Their letter to Kerry sought to further delay the project that has support from Republicans, some Democrats, the oil industry and labor unions. A Pew Research Center poll in September showed 65% of respondents favored building it.

So why is this still being debated?

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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • John Kerry • Senate • State Department
New Senate ad in controversy over old Facebook posts
February 26th, 2014
11:33 AM ET
2 months ago

New Senate ad in controversy over old Facebook posts

(CNN) - Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is launching a new TV commercial Wednesday that attacks his Republican primary challenger over old Facebook postings that included some "insensitive" comments.

"Dr. Milton Wolf's patients trusted him, but stunning news reports show that Wolf exposed private patient X-rays and other personal information on Facebook – where Wolf relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. A Kansas City medical ethics expert called Wolf's behavior 'beyond alarming' for a professional in the field of medicine," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

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Filed under: Kansas • Pat Roberts • Senate
Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race
February 19th, 2014
02:41 PM ET
2 months ago

Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Each one of Lindsey Graham's five underfunded Republican primary opponents have been struggling to gain traction in the race and emerge as the South Carolina senator's leading conservative opponent.

Not one of them, though, has managed to break out of the pack.

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