Labor nominee voted out of committee on party line vote
May 16th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Labor nominee voted out of committee on party line vote

Washington (CNN) - Thomas Perez, President Obama's nominee to be labor secretary, was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H.E.L.P) committee on Thursday on a straight party line vote.

Perez has come under heavy fire from Republicans for his actions when he headed the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice earlier in the Obama administration.
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GOP drops boycott of EPA nominee
President Barack Obama in March nominated assistant EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.
May 16th, 2013
10:13 AM ET
11 months ago

GOP drops boycott of EPA nominee

(CNN) - Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who last week boycotted a committee vote on Gina McCarthy to be President Obama's administrator of the EPA, will attend another vote scheduled Thursday after getting assurances from the agency that it will answer several questions posed by Republicans, a GOP committee aide told CNN.

EPA "committed to make some effort to follow up on the EPW Republicans five transparency requests," said Luke Bolar, an aide to Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the committee.
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Labor nominee voted out of committee on party line vote
May 16th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
11 months ago

Labor nominee voted out of committee on party line vote

(CNN) - Thomas Perez, President Barack Obama's nominee to be Labor Secretary, was approved by the Senate labor committee on a straight party line vote.

Perez has come under heavy fire from Republicans for his actions when he headed the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice earlier in the Obama administration. Last week, Republicans blocked the committee vote by invoking a rarely used procedural tactic, which angered Senate Democrats.

Now that he is voted out of committee, the full Senate must consider his nomination, which may be scheduled next week. A GOP filibuster – which would require 60 votes to break - appears likely.


Filed under: Congress
What Chambliss told Obama after hitting hole-in-one
May 6th, 2013
07:54 PM ET
12 months ago

What Chambliss told Obama after hitting hole-in-one

Washington (CNN) – Hitting a hole-in-one is a rare achievement for any golfer. What’s even rarer is a hole-in-one during a round with the president of the United States.

“It was pretty special,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss said of his feat, which took place during a Monday game with President Barack Obama and two other senators.
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Women shout 'shame on you' in Senate chamber after gun measure fails
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Patricia Maisch, one of the people who helped halt the Tucson shooting involving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), holds up a photograph of victim Federal Judge John Roll while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee on Capitol Hill November 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Maisch, 61, helped to disarm gunman Jared Loughner by grabbing a fully loaded magazine away from him, helping disarm Laughner before he could inflict more damage. Maisch testified in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would strengthen federal power over the states handling of individual background checks. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
April 17th, 2013
06:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Women shout 'shame on you' in Senate chamber after gun measure fails

Washington (CNN) - Two women whose lives were touched by recent mass shootings shouted in the Senate chamber "shame on you" just after lawmakers defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun sales.

After the outburst on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden, who was presiding in the Senate, called for order. The women were later expelled from the Capitol although it did not appear they were arrested.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Senate
Senate to start votes on gun bill on Wednesday
April 16th, 2013
08:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate to start votes on gun bill on Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate will begin voting on amendments to gun legislation on Wednesday, including the leading proposals for tighter restrictions spurred by the Connecticut school massacre in December.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the list of first votes would include the bipartisan yet controversial agreement on expanding background checks proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Harry Reid • Senate
First on CNN: Senate background checks vote delayed
April 15th, 2013
04:22 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Senate background checks vote delayed

Washington (CNN) – Supporters of a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for guns sales currently don't have the 60 votes they will need to win approval of their amendment so a vote on the proposal - which was expected midweek - is unlikely before the end of the week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday.

The vote is being pushed back so Manchin and others can build support for the controversial plan.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • Senate
Gun filibuster appears to misfire for conservative backers
April 10th, 2013
07:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Gun filibuster appears to misfire for conservative backers

Washington (CNN) – A filibuster of major gun legislation by a vocal band of conservative Republican senators may have misfired, as a growing number of their GOP colleagues appear ready to help break it when it comes up for a vote on Thursday.

The public split is a rarity for Senate Republicans, who over the past few years have kept divisions to a minimum.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Senate
Senate dives into budget 'vote-a-rama'
March 22nd, 2013
04:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate dives into budget 'vote-a-rama'

Washington (CNN) – Hours of non-stop voting is underway in the Senate that could last until the wee hours of Saturday morning as lawmakers consider dozens of amendments to a Democratic budget proposal.

The "vote-a-rama," as it's known on Capitol Hill, typically is an annual affair each budget season. However, because this is the first formal budget Senate Democrats have put on the floor in four years, almost half the current senators haven't been through the demanding and exhaustive practice that is the result of an open-ended amendment process.
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Filed under: Budget • Senate
Senate leaders optimistic about avoiding government shutdown
March 5th, 2013
06:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate leaders optimistic about avoiding government shutdown

Washington (CNN) – The top Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate sounded upbeat Tuesday that a deal will be reached with the GOP-controlled House over a government spending bill before March 27, the day the government runs out of money.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll reach a deal before we leave here for the Easter recess,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters after a caucus with other Democratic senators. “So what remains to be seen is whether this move - and apparently away from a crisis - is truly a shift in the strategy from Republicans, or just a short break from extremism that they’ve had over the last few years.”
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Filed under: Budget • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate
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