In rare bipartisan achievement, Senate easily passes jobs bill
June 25th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
4 weeks ago

In rare bipartisan achievement, Senate easily passes jobs bill

Washington (CNN) – Talk about something you don’t see very often anymore.

In an unusually strong bipartisan vote, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a rewrite of federal workforce training programs that are designed to improve job skills and drive down the unemployment rate.

The legislation passed 95-3.

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Filed under: Congress • Jobs
Senators push pared-down long term unemployment bill
June 24th, 2014
01:31 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Senators push pared-down long term unemployment bill

Washington (CNN) - Two bipartisan senators on Tuesday introduced pared-down legislation to provide benefits for the long-term unemployed that they hope will be more attractive to House Republicans who have shown little interest in a previous more generous bill sponsored by the two.

Unlike their earlier legislation, which passed the Senate in April, this measure will not pay benefits retroactively to the estimated 3.1 million people whose benefits have run out since the program expired at the end of December. Instead, it will offer up to five months of benefits from the enactment date depending on how many weeks of eligibility an individual had left in the program before it lapsed.

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Filed under: Dean Heller • Jack Reed • unemployment
Reid orders investigation into CIA/Intelligence Committee dispute
March 20th, 2014
02:50 PM ET
4 months ago

Reid orders investigation into CIA/Intelligence Committee dispute

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante in a simmering dispute between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency by ordering an investigation into their competing charges of wrongdoing.

In a pair of letters made public Thursday to CIA Director John Brennan and Attorney General Eric Holder, Reid contends "the CIA has produced no evidence to support its claims" that committee investigators "hacked into the CIA's highly secure classified networks" and improperly obtained a controversial document related to the committee's investigation of torture by the agency in the wake of 9-11.

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Filed under: CIA • Harry Reid
Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate
March 5th, 2014
07:22 PM ET
5 months ago

Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate

(CNN) – In a surprisingly strong vote, the Senate on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s controversial choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

The bipartisan rejection came after the widow of a slain Philadelphia officer pleaded with senators to vote “no.”

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Filed under: Congress • Senate
February 27th, 2014
03:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Vets bill fails in Senate, victim of election-year gridlock

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic bill designed to make numerous improvements to services for veterans failed in the Senate Thursday, a victim of the partisan gridlock and election-year acrimony that dominates the chamber.

On a largely party-line vote, 56 to 41, the measure didn’t get the 60 votes it needed to clear a procedural hurdle.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans
Reid delays action on minimum wage
February 25th, 2014
08:27 PM ET
5 months ago

Reid delays action on minimum wage

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday delayed action for a few weeks on a bill to increase the minimum wage, a top political and policy priority of the White House and congressional Democrats this election year.

Reid blamed the delay on Republican “obstruction” that he said has clogged up the Senate calendar.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Minimum wage
Reid puts fast-track trade bill on slow track
January 29th, 2014
05:37 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid puts fast-track trade bill on slow track

Washington (CNN) – Despite a nudge from President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address for Congress to renew fast-track trade authority, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he is unlikely to consider a bill anytime soon.

“I’m against fast-track,” said the powerful Democrat who controls which bills get to the Senate floor. “I think everyone would be well-advised not to push this right now.”

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Trade
Senate negotiations on unemployment benefits hit partisan snag
January 9th, 2014
08:22 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate negotiations on unemployment benefits hit partisan snag

(CNN) - A compromise Senate plan to pay for the cost of extending unemployment benefits ran into resistance Thursday from a group of Republicans whom the agreement was supposed to attract.

Those GOP senators, who had provided critical votes to Democrats to begin debate on the bill, said they wanted to make changes to the offsets and offer other amendments.
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Filed under: Senate • unemployment
Nominations fight threatens start of Senate recess
December 18th, 2013
08:17 PM ET
7 months ago

Nominations fight threatens start of Senate recess

Washington (CNN) - Fallout from the so-called “nuclear option” Senate Democrats triggered last month - when they dramatically weakened the ability of minority Republicans to filibuster presidential nominees - continued to reverberate through the Capitol on Wednesday as GOP Senators threatened to keep the chamber working into the Christmas recess if Democrats insisted on approving a large slate of presidential nominees.

It remained unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would press ahead to clear the nominees or pull back from the brink and let senators return home for the holidays.

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Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Senate Republicans
Senate supporters think they have votes for budget deal
December 16th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
7 months ago

Senate supporters think they have votes for budget deal

Washington (CNN) – It was smooth sailing in the House, but things are looking much tighter in the Senate for a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to avert another government shutdown and relax sweeping forced spending cuts.

Still, despite strong opposition to the compromise from Republicans, supporters are within striking distance of rounding up the votes they need to pass it in the Senate by the end of this week.

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Filed under: Budget • Senate
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