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.
Updated 9:29 p.m. ET 4/24/2014
(CNN) - What started out as a standoff over land rights may be turning into a controversy over race.
Racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy - who earlier this month appeared to win a highly publicized standoff against federal authorities over his two-decade long illegal grazing of cattle on public land - are giving Democrats a new weapon to attack some top Republicans who earlier came to Bundy's defense.
(CNN) – In a blunt exchange that hit on a major American divide, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, stood by his comments that militia groups involved in a ranch standoff are “domestic terrorists,” while the state’s Republican senator, Dean Heller, replied that he considers them “patriots.”
The two men appeared Friday afternoon on KSNV’s “What’s Your Point?” question-and-answer show.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Dean Heller voted to filibuster the bill to raise the debt ceiling Wednesday, after telling CNN the night before that he did not support fellow Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to do the same.
“Well, I don't think it's right, because at the end of the day, we're going to pass a clean debt ceiling increase, with Ted or without Ted's support, with my support or without my support,” Heller told Van Jones on CNN’s “Crossfire” Tuesday night.
(CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a measure to repeal Obamacare entirely on Thursday - a move the GOP-led chamber has done twice already.
But the latest scandal involving the IRS, one of the key agencies charged with enforcing the health care law, is adding fuel to the political fire over the controversial new law.
Washington (CNN) - In Nevada, Republican Sen. Dean Heller beat back a tough challenge from Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley to win his first full term in the Senate, according to a CNN projection.
Heller led 46% to 45% – with 92% reporting - when the projection was made.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada became the latest Republican in a tight race of his own to distance himself from Mitt Romney's caught-on-tape comments writing off, and dismissing, 47% of Americans who will support President Barack Obama "no matter what."
"I have five brothers and sisters. My father was an auto mechanic; my mother was a school cook. I have a very different view of the world and as a United States senator I think I represent everybody, and I think every vote is important," Heller remarked in a hallway off the Senate floor.
(CNN) - The independent, conservative group Crossroads GPS dropped more than $2.6 million on television ads that begin running Tuesday, all targeting Democrats in heated Senate battles.
The Karl Rove-backed group, which has already spent tens of millions on conservative candidates and causes, will run the ads for one week in Virginia, Ohio and Nevada.
(CNN) – The League of Conservation Voters launched a $150,000 ad buy in Reno Thursday against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.
The television spot criticizes the Republican senator for what the LCV says are votes supporting 'Big Oil' and against clean energy in light of what's thought will be a close Senate race between Heller and his Democrat opponent Rep. Shelley Berkley.
(CNN) - In the GOP weekly address, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller blasted President Barack Obama for his economic policies and said the country is still waiting for an effective job-creation plan.
“It is clear that the approach of this administration and its supporters have taken for economic recovery has failed miserably,” Heller said Saturday.