Tentative deal reached on Senate student loans package
July 17th, 2013
10:52 PM ET
9 months ago

Tentative deal reached on Senate student loans package

Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative agreement on a student loans package Wednesday night, multiple aides from each party said.

Sen. Tom Harkin, Democratic chairman of the committee that oversees federal education programs, agreed to the deal, one of those sources close to the negotiations told CNN.

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Filed under: Education • Senate
'Nuclear option' will make Congress more toxic
July 14th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
9 months ago

'Nuclear option' will make Congress more toxic

Washington (CNN) - It's hard to imagine the atmosphere in Congress getting any more toxic, but it could if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid carries out his threat to use the "nuclear option" to budge stalled presidential appointees forward.

A top Republican aide warns that important bills like the recently approved immigration measure would never pass in a post-nuclear Senate.

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Democrats step closer to 'nuclear option' in filibuster fight
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
July 11th, 2013
07:23 PM ET
9 months ago

Democrats step closer to 'nuclear option' in filibuster fight

Washington (CNN) - Democrats took steps towards dramatically limiting Senate filibusters Thursday over the angry objections of Republicans who warned the move would destroy bipartisan cooperation in the chamber.

For months, Democrats, in the majority, have threatened to use the so-called "nuclear option" to jam through rules changes for filibusters, and a showdown is now likely early next week.
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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Senators hope for student loan deal soon as rate doubles
July 10th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Senators hope for student loan deal soon as rate doubles

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic measure to temporarily reverse the doubling of interest rates on millions of government-backed student loans fell short in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but there was hope a bipartisan deal would be struck soon to remedy the situation.

"We're trying to find some common ground," said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democratic leader who spearheaded fresh talks on the dispute. "We don't have an agreement and I can't say when or if we'll come together."

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Filed under: Education
Deal on student loans unlikely before rates rise
June 26th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
10 months ago

Deal on student loans unlikely before rates rise

Washington (CNN) - An agreement to stave off the doubling of interest rates on some student loans is unlikely before a July 1 deadline, despite a late push by a handful of lawmakers to reach a compromise, senators from both parties said Wednesday.

“Time is running out but we’re still working on it,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.
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Sen. Feinstein and aides freed from Capitol elevator
June 20th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
10 months ago

Sen. Feinstein and aides freed from Capitol elevator

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein and several aides, including a pregnant woman, were stuck in a Capitol elevator for about 15 minutes Thursday afternoon.

"I think we'll do another elevator," the relieved California Democrat said with a smile when she was finally freed after workers replaced a broken fuse.
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Senate
First attempt to change Senate immigration bill fails
June 13th, 2013
07:20 PM ET
10 months ago

First attempt to change Senate immigration bill fails

Washington (CNN) - Backers of a bipartisan Senate immigration reform plan Thursday defeated an attempt by Republican opponents to alter the border security requirements in the bill, which could have significantly undermined support for the compromise legislation.

By a vote of 57-43, senators rejected the proposal by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to delay the legalization process for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States until the Department of Homeland Security could certify it had effective control over the Southern border for six months.
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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Immigration • Senate
Senate immigration debate off to rocky start
June 12th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate immigration debate off to rocky start

Washington (CNN) – Procedural maneuvering bogged down action in the Senate Wednesday on the first full day of debate on the immigration reform bill. Senators discussed key amendments but battled over whether and how to cast votes so early in the debate.

At one point, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed for a series of quick votes on Republican amendments, including two significant measures to tighten border security requirements in the bill. But Republicans objected to Democrats' demand that a supermajority of 60 votes be required for passage.
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Filed under: Immigration • Senate
June 11th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama pushes high-stakes immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama tried Tuesday to build momentum for an immigration reform bill facing a key Senate procedural vote, saying the measure was a commonsense approach to fix a broken system that has allowed 11 million people to live illegally in America.

At a White House event a few hours before the Senate was scheduled to vote on whether to debate the compromise measure, Obama emphasized that it would increase spending on border security and require undocumented immigrants to pursue what he called an "arduous" path to eventual citizenship.

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Filed under: Immigration • Senate
Senate confirms Moniz for energy secretary
May 16th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
11 months ago

Senate confirms Moniz for energy secretary

(CNN) – The Senate on Thursday confirmed Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy, replacing Steven Chu.

The vote was 97-0, with three senators (Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma; and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas) missing the vote.
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Filed under: Energy • Senate
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