White House meeting was 'constructive,' McConnell says
July 11th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
3 years ago

White House meeting was 'constructive,' McConnell says

(CNN) – There was no breakthrough at Monday's debt ceiling talks at the White House, according to a congressional aide.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told reporters Monday's meeting was "good" and "constructive," and said leaders will meet again Tuesday.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Mitch McConnell
Reid testily refuses to answer questions on debt, social security
July 7th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Reid testily refuses to answer questions on debt, social security

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid testily declined to answer a CNN reporter's question Thursday about reports that President Obama is considering changes to Social Security as part of a large debt reduction deal - something Reid for months has passionately vowed to prevent.

"I'm going to the White House now, I'm not making any statement now," Reid said as he departed Capitol Hill for a key meeting on the debt with the president and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
Democrats want focus on jobs –not just deficit
June 20th, 2011
07:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats want focus on jobs –not just deficit

Washington (CNN)–Senate Democratic leaders are increasingly anxious the persistently high unemployment rate poses a long-term threat to the economy, their constituents' well-being, and, consequently, their own political fortunes.

In a strategic shift beginning this week, designed to show their heightened concerns, Senate Democrats will try to put new focus on job creation, so it is on equal footing with deficit reduction, which Republicans have successfully championed. They are promising to do it through a series of high profile bills this summer – some to cut taxes, others to increase spending – aimed solely at job creation.
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Filed under: Jobs • Senate Democrats
Biden: Debt talks make progress but differences remain
June 16th, 2011
08:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden: Debt talks make progress but differences remain

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he and congressional negotiators have done a “first serious scrub” of the entire federal budget but differences remain over big-ticket items that philosophically divide the two parties in their quest for an agreement that would raise the nation’s debt ceiling while putting in place long-term reductions to the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt.

Those big-ticket items include whether to increase tax revenues – which many Democrats want – and making changes to expensive entitlements like Medicare – which many Republicans support.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Joe Biden
Senate votes to scrap ethanol subsidy
June 16th, 2011
02:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate votes to scrap ethanol subsidy

(CNN) – The Senate Thursday approved a measure scrapping a controversial $6 billion annual subsidy for the ethanol industry.

The lopsided tally was 73 to 27, marking the first time a supermajority of senators voted to do away with the special tax break, originally designed to bolster the nascent bio-fuels industry but now considered by many on Capitol Hill to be an unwarranted taxpayer expense.
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Filed under: Energy • Senate
Durbin on Weiner's 'serious problems'
June 9th, 2011
07:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Durbin on Weiner's 'serious problems'

Washington (CNN) – The number two Democrat in the Senate alluded to a quote from former President Woodrow Wilson Thursday when asked about the political scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York.

"Don't murder someone who is already committing suicide," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said.
"I think he has some serious problems that will not go away soon," he added.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Dick Durbin
Tempers flare on Senate floor
May 25th, 2011
07:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Tempers flare on Senate floor

Washington (CNN)-In a rare public display of political and personal acrimony, freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky squared off Wednesday with the powerful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Tempers flared on the Senate floor over how many amendments Paul could offer to a measure extending the main anti-terrorism surveillance law enacted after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Patriot Act • Rand Paul
Biden says increased revenue must be part of deficit reduction plan
May 24th, 2011
09:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden says increased revenue must be part of deficit reduction plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden told bipartisan congressional negotiators Tuesday that additional tax revenues must be part of any deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

"I made it clear today that revenues will have to be in the deal," Biden said after a nearly three-hour meeting in the Capitol.

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Filed under: Debt • Joe Biden
Senate agrees to take up extending Patriot Act provisions
May 23rd, 2011
06:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate agrees to take up extending Patriot Act provisions

Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted Monday to take up legislation extending for four years key provisions of the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law passed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The vote was 74 to 8, and signals the measure should easily pass later this week, although opponents indicted they may drag out the process.
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Filed under: Patriot Act • Senate
Kerry in talks with White House over Libya resolution
May 17th, 2011
03:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Kerry in talks with White House over Libya resolution

Washington (CNN) – As U.S. military action in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, does the Congress need to vote to continue that involvement to comply with the War Powers Act?

Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday he is "talking to the administration" about what exactly Congress and the White House might do to abide by the 1973 law which says Congress must authorize any military action that lasts more than 60 days.
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Filed under: John Kerry • Libya • White House
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