Coburn has recurrence of prostate cancer
November 5th, 2013
12:32 PM ET
9 months ago

Coburn has recurrence of prostate cancer

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn is facing his second diagnosis of prostate cancer in two years, his office said Tuesday.

"Dr. Coburn has had a recurrence of prostate cancer and will be undergoing further evaluation and treatment," spokesman John Hart said in a statement.
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In first speech since stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk advocates for LGBT anti-bias bill
November 4th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
9 months ago

In first speech since stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk advocates for LGBT anti-bias bill

Washington (CNN) - A Republican senator who suffered a debilitating stroke nearly two years ago spoke Monday on the Senate floor for the time since returning to the chamber.

In halting but clear speech, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois spoke briefly in favor of a bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender identity. The Senate is debating and voting on the bill, which is known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, this week.

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Senate Democrats vent at White House officials over Obamacare roll out
October 31st, 2013
05:18 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate Democrats vent at White House officials over Obamacare roll out

(CNN) - Top Obama administration officials involved in the troubled roll out of the Obamacare website got an earful from Senate Democrats in a closed meeting on Thursday.

“There is a lot of frustration,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, as she left the session in the Capitol with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, and former acting White House Budget Office Director Jeff Zients, who is spearheading the administration’s response to the problems.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Senate Democrats • White House
Senate GOP blocks two Obama nominees, Dems hold fire in response
October 31st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate GOP blocks two Obama nominees, Dems hold fire in response

Updated 10/31/2013 at 5:23 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Republicans blocked two high-profile presidential nominees on Thursday as the bitter fight over appointments escalated in the U.S. Senate, but Democrats held their fire and decided, for now, to forgo a change in rules to limit filibusters.

The GOP mounted filibusters against Judge Patricia Millett, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia, and Rep. Melvin Watt, who was named to head the agency that oversees housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Filed under: Senate • Senate Republicans
October 28th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama nominees could be slowed over Benghazi concerns

Sen. Lindsey Graham will appear on "CNN's The Situation Room" Tuesday at 5pm

(CNN) - A top critic of the U.S. response to the terror attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound said Monday that he would block all Obama administration nominees before the Senate until survivors of the deadly assault testify before Congress.

"I think the story was about the fact that our guys died in a different way than explained by the administration," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Fox News on Monday following a dramatic CBS "60 Minutes" interview with a man described as a British security officer who witnessed last year's attack.
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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Obama administration • Senate
October 10th, 2013
08:29 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama signs military death benefits bill

Updated 10/10/2013 at 8:30pm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that continues federal funding of death benefits for military families, the White House said on Thursday.

The issue became an emotional political flashpoint because it had been cut during the government shutdown.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Military • Senate
Republicans to block quick passage of back-pay bill
October 7th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
10 months ago

Republicans to block quick passage of back-pay bill

(CNN) - Quick passage of a bill to provide back-pay to furloughed federal workers appeared in doubt on Monday when the No. 2 Senate Republican said it’s not time to address that issue right now.

“I think it’s really premature to be dealing with that until we resolve the underlying problem,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. “We’ve offered a number of bills to try to alleviate some of the hardship and they’ve been swatted down out of hand.”

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Congress can agree on one thing: military will be paid if government shuts down
September 30th, 2013
05:52 PM ET
10 months ago

Congress can agree on one thing: military will be paid if government shuts down

Updated 10:42 p.m. ET 9/30/2013

Washington (CNN) - Despite bitter partisanship that threatened a government shutdown, Congress actually managed to come together to pass one bill on Monday –unanimously, at that.

The Senate signed off on a House-approved measure to ensure members of the military would continue to get paid if congressional wrangling over spending and Obamacare resulted in a shutdown.
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Filed under: Congress • Military • Senate
September 26th, 2013
06:57 PM ET
10 months ago

Conservative clash: Cruz vs Corker

Washington (CNN) – The intraparty war of words between Senate Republicans was on full view on Thursday.

Two tea party-backed senators clashed with a more mainstream conservative over whether to hold final votes either Thursday night or Friday on Obamacare and a controversial spending bill.
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Filed under: Bob Corker • Senate • Ted Cruz
Roadmap for how Obamacare will likely survive Senate
September 19th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
10 months ago

Roadmap for how Obamacare will likely survive Senate

Washington (CNN) - The political struggle over defunding Obamacare in the Senate may turn out to be not much of fight at all.

The House is scheduled on Friday to vote on the proposal that will be attached to a must-pass spending bill to fund the government.
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Filed under: Health care • Senate
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