Washington (CNN) - Fallout from the so-called “nuclear option” Senate Democrats triggered last month - when they dramatically weakened the ability of minority Republicans to filibuster presidential nominees - continued to reverberate through the Capitol on Wednesday as GOP Senators threatened to keep the chamber working into the Christmas recess if Democrats insisted on approving a large slate of presidential nominees.
It remained unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would press ahead to clear the nominees or pull back from the brink and let senators return home for the holidays.
Washington (CNN) -- When Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray held a news conference - together - to announce that they reached a deal on the federal budget, the ideological opposites received immediate praise for their cooperation.
And they reached their agreement that would avert a potential government shutdown in January just two days before the Congressionally imposed deadline for doing so.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Actress Glenn Close joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby for legislation expanding access and quality of mental health treatment.
Along with Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, at a press conference at the Capitol, Close said her sister's diagnosis of bipolar disorder late in life prompted her to take action.
(CNN) - For the first time in what seems like ages, Congress is poised to give final approval to a government spending plan without resorting to last-minute brinksmanship such as midnight negotiations to prevent an imminent government shutdown.
The Senate is expected to pass the compromise federal budget framework Wednesday and send it to President Barack Obama, who has signaled his support.FULL STORY
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(CNN) – Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry.
"We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day."
Washington (CNN) – The budget deal that passed an important procedural hurdle in the Senate has enough support to win final Congressional approval this week, according to CNN's vote count.
On Tuesday, 67 Senators supported breaking a filibuster and moving towards a final vote – signaling that final passage of the agreement is all but certain.
Washington (CNN) - The Murray-Ryan budget plan, which passed a key Senate vote Tuesday, punches way above its weight. The relatively skinny, 77-page bill would affect millions of Americans, as well as programs, fees, companies and, oh, the entire economy for years to come. Here's our scorecard:FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A federal budget compromise that already passed the U.S. House cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, increasing the likelihood it will win final congressional approval this week.
President Barack Obama has signaled his support for the plan worked out by the budget committee leaders in each chamber that would guide government spending into 2015 to defuse the chances of another shutdown such as the one that took place in October.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The federal budget has always been a tool for partisanship, but never more so than in the past few years.
Like the awkward and irreverent distant relative at the dinner table, the Senate tried for several years to ignore it. But everyone knew it was in the room, helping to create a permanent state of partisan gridlock.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – It was smooth sailing in the House, but things are looking much tighter in the Senate for a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to avert another government shutdown and relax sweeping forced spending cuts.
Still, despite strong opposition to the compromise from Republicans, supporters are within striking distance of rounding up the votes they need to pass it in the Senate by the end of this week.FULL STORY