WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate began formal debate Thursday on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, a top presidential priority that conservative Republicans had tried to block in the current lame-duck session of Congress.
However, the chamber moved on to other issues on Thursday night, leaving open the question of when it would vote on ratifying the pact.
(CNN) – Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain sounded off on issues being debated in the lame duck Congressional session during an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Thursday night.
Appearing on CNN's John King, USA Thursday night, McCain had choice words for fellow members of his party that plan to vote in favor of the spending bill that contains Republican earmarks. Calling the bill a "monstrosity and atrocity" Mccain stated, "It is a bipartisan plague, and we have Republican senators who may vote in favor of this atrocity.
Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich rallied his supporters Thursday to oppose two major pieces of legislation that Democrats want to pass before the end of the lame-duck Congress.
In an email to the 1.2 million members of his advocacy group American Solutions, Gingrich called the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill "outrageous" because it includes roughly $8 billion in earmarks.
(CNN) - Vice President Biden called on Congress to "get out of the way" to allow for a vote on the New START Treaty and criticized members for complaining about their schedule.
"I hope I don't get in the way of your Christmas shopping, but this is the nation's business," Biden said in an interview Wednesday set to air on NBC.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate will begin formal debate Thursday on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, a top presidential priority that conservative Republicans had tried to block in the current lame-duck session of Congress.
Senators voted 66-32 to take up the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as New START, Wednesday, which would bypass the process of reading the entire treaty out loud.
(CNN) – With a stacked legislative agenda to pass before the end of the year, the latest battle in the Senate centers on when members will head home to their districts to celebrate Christmas.
After Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, left the door open to keeping the Senate in session through the holiday, Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl accused him of "disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Democrats blasted their GOP counterparts Wednesday for intentionally delaying consideration of the new nuclear arms treaty with Russia - a top presidential priority in the current lame duck session of Congress.
The Senate is set to begin debate on ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known as New START - Wednesday afternoon after passage of the recently negotiated tax deal.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to begin debate on ratification of the START treaty as soon as Wednesday, after the Senate passes the tax cut package, according to his spokesman Jim Manley.
Senate Democrats had already planned on staying in session through the weekend and possibly into next week in order to debate the treaty, but were waiting for a green light from the White House. That now appears to have happened.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate will ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia this year, staying in session however long it takes to get it done, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted on Friday.
Gibbs made his prediction on the same day that Maine's two moderate Republican senators - Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - declared their support for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START. Previously, GOP Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana backed ratification of the treaty.
Washington (CNN) - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee laid out his plan Sunday for the lame-duck session of Congress, which includes the passage of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar said he thinks there are enough votes for the treaty - a nuclear arms agreement between Russia and the United States - to pass through the Senate.