May 16th, 2012
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes GOP version of Violence Against Women Act renewal

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.

The GOP version, passed 225-205, offers a stark contrast from the bill passed by the Senate in late April, which will lead to further political fighting as both chambers attempt to work out a compromise over the law's reauthorization.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Republicans
Senate Republicans propose alternative plan to current budget cuts
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (C) talks with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Senate Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (R) before a news conference about defense spending sequestration at the U.S. Captiol December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.
February 2nd, 2012
01:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate Republicans propose alternative plan to current budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday to replace looming across-the-board budget cuts, most notably to the Pentagon, with new restrictions on both the compensation to and size of the federal work force.

The mandatory cuts are a consequence of the failure of Congress' so-called super committee in November.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Republicans • Senate
Boehner: Deal on payroll tax cut extension
December 22nd, 2011
05:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: Deal on payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday announced an agreement with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.

Boehner said the Republican leadership's decision to oppose until now a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed by the Senate "may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world."


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FIRST ON CNN: Obama, Dems drop millionaire surtax to pay for payroll tax cut
December 14th, 2011
05:29 PM ET
3 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Obama, Dems drop millionaire surtax to pay for payroll tax cut

(CNN) - In what would be a major concession, President Obama and Senate Democrats will drop their insistence that a surtax on millionaires pay for extending the payroll tax cut, a Democratic source tells CNN. This would be part of a new Democratic offer.

The move comes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Senate Democrats met with President Obama at the White House earlier today.


Filed under: Congress • President Obama
Super Committee headed for failure?
November 18th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Super Committee headed for failure?

Washington (CNN) - The congressional super committee, facing a fast-approaching deadline, appears headed toward failure unless negotiations shift dramatically in the final few days.

As evidence of the grim mood on Capitol Hill, multiple sources say Republican leaders have proposed a smaller package of spending cuts and revenues as a 'Plan B' if the panel does not succeed, though even this offer appears unlikely to gain much traction.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit commission
GOP aides: Super-committee Republicans open to tax increases
November 8th, 2011
08:35 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP aides: Super-committee Republicans open to tax increases

(CNN) - A mere two weeks before the congressional budget super committee's November 23 deadline, GOP members of the deficit-reduction panel have signaled a willingness to accept tax increases as part of a broader deficit reduction package, CNN learned Tuesday.

The development has the potential to break a deadlock within the sharply polarized 12-member group, as top Republicans have long been adamantly opposed to any tax hikes. A Senate GOP leadership aide called the shift a "significant concession" on the part of Republicans.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit commission
Senate Democrats offer veterans jobs bill, without millionaire's surtax
November 4th, 2011
09:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats offer veterans jobs bill, without millionaire's surtax

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats proposed Friday tax incentives for businesses hiring veterans as well as job training for all service members leaving the military.

The measure was unveiled as the next piece in President Obama's jobs bill and as a remedy to unemployment among veterans.

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Filed under: Democrats • Jobs • President Obama • Senate
Sen. Coburn treated for prostate cancer
October 11th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Coburn treated for prostate cancer

(CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn is recovering from a procedure to treat prostate cancer, according to his spokesman.

"Dr. Coburn underwent a procedure this week to treat an early stage incidence of prostate cancer. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to his full-time duties later this month," Coburn spokesman John Hart said.
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Filed under: Congress • Tom Coburn
Sen. Reid's wife diagnosed with cancer
September 30th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Reid's wife diagnosed with cancer

Washington (CNN) - Landra Reid, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has been diagnosed with stage II breast cancer, according to a Senate democratic leadership aide.

The aide said Reid was receiving treatment, including chemotherapy, in Washington, DC.
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Filed under: Harry Reid
No Senate vote set for Thursday night on spending bill
September 22nd, 2011
08:58 PM ET
2 years ago

No Senate vote set for Thursday night on spending bill

(CNN) - A senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN there will be no vote in the Senate Thursday night unless the House sends over a clean Continuing Resolution (which is not the House GOP plan). The aide also said the Senate Democratic caucus is united against the current versions of the CR being discussed in the House.

“We are looking for a real attempt to compromise. Not just an attempt to appease their own people,” the aide stated.


Filed under: Senate
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