Washington (CNN) – Getting at least 60 U.S. senators to support a military authorization against Syria is "a work in progress," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Friday while expressing optimism he would be able to reach that goal.
"I think we're going to get to 60 votes. You know it's a work in progress," Reid told reporters as he stepped off the Senate floor after formally filing the measure and readying it for expected votes next week.
(CNN) – In yet another sign that Congress is headed for a clash in the fall over government spending, Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a transportation and housing bill, arguing it would break budget spending caps.
It was a significant defeat for Democrats and a win for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who persuaded several Republicans who had previously voted to support the higher spending level to change their positions and vote to block the bill.
Washington (CNN) – After a lengthy standoff, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed a full slate of members to the National Labor Relations Board, a politically sensitive and powerful panel that helps settle labor-management disputes.
“Although too few Americans are aware of the important job this board does, the NLRB looks out for the rights of millions of U.S. workers every day and remedies unfair practices by private companies,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who is pro-union, about the five-member board that will be controlled by Democrats.
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.FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
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.
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."FULL STORY
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.
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.
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.