(CNN) - A $6.4 billion plan to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday. Sixty senators voted to move ahead with debate on the measure - the exact number required for debate to go forward.
Washington (CNN) – There's no let-up in the new year in the GOP push to attack Democrats over Obamacare during the midterm elections.
Case in point: New radio ads announced Tuesday morning by the Republican National Committee that attack 12 Democratic senators and representatives, many of whom are in competitive races this November. The ads focus on President Barack Obama's broken pledge that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act.
(CNN) – While a majority of members in Congress are focusing on the 2014 midterm elections, one Senator is looking ahead toward his potential 2016 re-election plans.
Sen. John McCain said he is still "looking very seriously" at a sixth Senate run in 2016 during an interview on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Monday night.
New York (CNNMoney) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed Janet Yellen to serve as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, after Ben Bernanke finishes his second term at the end of the month.
Senators voted 56 to 26 in her favor, with many missing the vote because of inclement weather. Several Republicans broke party ranks in support of Yellen.FULL STORY
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Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to delay a key procedural vote originally scheduled for Monday on a $6.4 billion plan to extend long-term unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months.
The vote was rescheduled for Tuesday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A conservative group announced Friday that its members spent $2 million in Senate races in the fourth quarter of 2013, roughly half of which went to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's arch-conservative primary challenger.
The Senate Conservatives Fund said members invested nearly $1 million in the primary race to oust McConnell and nominate tea party challenger Matt Bevin.
(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.
(CNN) - The U.S. Senate suddenly feels a sense of urgency... to go home for the holidays.
"I urge my colleagues to stay on the floor so we can hold to these 10-minute deadlines. People have planes to catch," Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, said on the floor Friday as lawmakers began a series of last minutes votes to approve nominations.
(CNN) - Senators were bracing once again Thursday for an overnight session as an ugly standoff over presidential nominations continued between the parties.
If it happens, it would be the third all-nighter in the last two weeks, a reflection of the lack of cooperation in the chamber since the majority Democrats forced through new rules limiting filibusters over the objections of minority Republicans.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Two Senators are expected on Thursday to introduce bipartisan legislation authorizing new sanctions on Iran to apply further pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear program.
The proposal by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, considers the diplomatic effort underway to address the nuclear issue, giving it more time to succeed before additional sanctions would take hold.FULL STORY