Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain
July 14th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain

(CNN) – Bipartisan legislation to curb the flood of unaccompanied minors at the southern border was unveiled Monday by two lawmakers from Texas.

Sponsors believe the compromise could lead to a quick exodus for most young migrants from Central America, as demanded by Republicans, while offering an appeals process for those who may be eligible to stay, which is supported by many Democrats.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Senate approves VA reform bill
June 11th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate approves VA reform bill

Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved broad reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs less than two weeks after a health care scandal led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The vote was 93 to 3.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
Reid sells desert home in tiny Searchlight to be closer to family in Las Vegas
June 9th, 2014
04:31 PM ET
2 months ago

Reid sells desert home in tiny Searchlight to be closer to family in Las Vegas

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, announced Monday they sold their family home in the famously tiny desert mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, where the senator grew up and will move near Las Vegas.

Reid said they want to live closer to their four children and 16 grandchildren. He said it also will make it easier to run for a sixth term when he is up for re-election in 2016.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada
Senate reaches deal on VA bill
June 5th, 2014
04:38 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate reaches deal on VA bill

(CNN) – Bipartisan Senate negotiators struck a deal on Thursday on a far-reaching bill to respond to the health care scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The crisis around veterans on long waiting lists to get medical appointments led to the resignation last week of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
Vets groups blast GOP senator who accused them of defending the status quo
May 26th, 2014
04:18 PM ET
2 months ago

Vets groups blast GOP senator who accused them of defending the status quo

(CNN) - Major veterans’ groups this Memorial Day weekend harshly criticized the top Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee after he charged that the leaders of the service organizations are too cozy with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and won’t call for him to resign despite allegations of mismanagement and wrongdoing in his department.

Sen. Richard Burr accused them of being “more interested in their own livelihoods and Washington connections than they are to the needs of their own members.”

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Filed under: Richard Burr • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday
May 20th, 2014
06:36 PM ET
2 months ago

Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday

(CNN) – The judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, who has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones, is expected to clear a major hurdle on Wednesday.

Senators are likely to break a filibuster of Harvard Law professor David Barron to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which is based in Boston.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • Senate
Support for Shinseki holding for now among Senate Democrats
May 19th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Support for Shinseki holding for now among Senate Democrats

(CNN) - Despite mounting calls from congressional Republicans for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign following the escalating scandal at his department, support among Senate Democrats appears to be holding for now, according to several senior Senate Democratic aides.

The aides, who asked not to be identified discussing how Democrats are generally responding to the issue, agreed the embattled Cabinet official needs to take bold steps to show he is dealing with the problem.

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Filed under: Senate Democrats • Veterans Affairs
Effort to approve Keystone collapses in Senate
May 12th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
3 months ago

Effort to approve Keystone collapses in Senate

(CNN) - A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election.

A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.

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Filed under: Keystone XL • Senate
May 8th, 2014
01:28 PM ET
3 months ago

Shinseki to testify before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee next week

(CNN) – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will testify next Thursday before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, CNN has learned.

Shinseki is under fire from some congressional Republicans and veterans groups for the mounting backlog of health care cases at the VA and, specifically, allegations that veterans died while on a secret waiting list at the Phoenix VA hospital, which was first reported on by CNN.

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Filed under: Veterans Affairs
Senate vote on Keystone may not happen
May 6th, 2014
08:21 PM ET
3 months ago

Senate vote on Keystone may not happen

(CNN) - A Senate vote this week to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline- a vote that appears unlikely to pass-now may not happen at all.

The measure, a top priority for Republicans and several centrist Democrats, is entangled in partisan wrangling over a separate energy efficiency bill.

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Filed under: Keystone XL • Senate
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