Washington (CNN) - The partisan battle over presidential nominations heated up again in the Senate Monday and threatened to dominate the remaining days before the winter recess and crowd out legislation important to both parties.
Senate Republicans, still angry over filibuster changes Democrats made last month, blocked a series of largely non-controversial nominations Democrats tried to clear.
Washington (CNN) - As Congress struggles to complete its lengthy to-do list before a holiday recess, bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate defense committees are pushing a compromise that would allow them to quickly pass a critical defense bill that is currently stalled in the Senate.
The bill, which Congress has passed for 52 straight years, has been held up over a bitter disagreement on how many amendments would receive votes.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he wants to pass an increase in the minimum wage in the next two weeks.
"I'm going to try to do it this month," Reid said after leaving a closed Democratic caucus meeting on the issue in the Capitol.
(CNN) –Two weeks after the bruising standoff ended over government spending and the debt limit, the House and Senate this week are taking the final steps to formally allow the debt ceiling to rise.
As part of that agreement, each chamber has 15 days to vote on a “motion of disapproval” of President Barack Obama’s official request for a debt increase.
(CNN) - The White House Wednesday denied an accusation from a top Democratic Senator that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during a recent White House meeting on the government shutdown.
“I looked into it and spoke with somebody who was in the meeting and it did not happen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the charge, which Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, posted online three days ago.
Washington (CNN) - Republican ideologies clashed on the Senate floor for the third straight day Thursday as a group of tea party insurgents took on one of the GOP's most senior and established members in an acrimonious dispute over how to move forward on the budget and the debt ceiling.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who has served in Congress for 30 years, lectured and chided his junior colleagues for not understanding the legislative process and for insisting the Senate accept their policy positions.
Washington (CNN) - A man protesting new gun control measures being considered by the Senate was arrested Tuesday on the Capitol grounds when police discovered he was carrying a loaded handgun, CNN has learned.
The arrest happened at 2 p.m. on the Senate side of the plaza in front of the Capitol, according to U.S Capitol Police spokesman Officer Shennell Antrobus.
(CNN) - Despite a disappointing showing by Republican Senate candidates on Election Day, the man who spearheaded the GOP Senate election effort is poised to take the number two position in the party's leadership behind Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, several GOP aides told CNN.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is expected next Wednesday to be elected by members of the Republican caucus to become the Minority Whip. He will replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.
Washington (CNN) - A major standoff in the Senate over confirming federal judges fizzled Wednesday when Democratic and Republican leaders reached a last minute compromise.
The deal, which gave each side a partial victory, prevented what was likely to be another ugly episode of partisan politics from playing out on the Senate floor.
Washington (CNN) - If you thought Congress was stymied by politics and gridlock last year, the top Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate left little doubt the New Year would bring more of the same.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said because of the election year "things should be more tense than usual."