Washington (CNN) - Three longtime senators who have decided not to seek re-election in 2012 said Sunday that they believe the country is ready for serious bipartisan cooperation on major issues - especially tackling the massive national debt.
"When we begin to act in that way, working across party lines ... then it not only gets things done, but it increases the characteristic American optimism and confidence," independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, told ABC's "This Week." "To raise the GDP, I've been saying, we've got to raise the GDC, the gross domestic confidence."FULL STORY
(CNN)- Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced that she will not seek reelection in 2012. Hutchison, who was first elected to the Senate during a special election in 1993, is also the first woman senator from Texas.
"I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012," Hutchison said in a statement. "That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be. In the next two years, you can be assured that I will pursue my duties, and my responsibilities to our state and people, with the same vigor that I have employed during my Senate service."
Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 29, 2009.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/14/art.hutchison.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Wednesday that she would resign her senate seat sometime this fall."](CNN) - Fresh off her announcement she is running for governor, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Wednesday she expects to resign her Senate seat sometime in the fall, a move that will set up a pivotal special election next spring.
"The actual leaving of the Senate will be sometime - October, November - that, in that time frame," the Republican senator told Texas radio station KBH.
She later told reporters the resignation could come more toward the end of the year so she can be present for pivotal votes on health care and energy legislation.
Current Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom Hutchison is challenging for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, is expected to appoint a replacement until the special election is held a few months later.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/11/art.pistole.0610.gi.jpg caption ="FBI Deputy Director John Pistole during his confirmation hearing Thursday to head the Transportation Security Administration."]Washington (CNN) - There was little debate about job qualifications and more talk about whether screeners at the nation's airports should be able to unionize during Thursday's confirmation hearing for the president's latest nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration.
John Pistole, currently deputy director of the FBI, generally received praise for his law enforcement experience, but several Republican senators - including South Carolina's Jim DeMint, who placed a hold on an earlier nominee for the same reason - pressed Pistole to oppose allowing airport screeners to unionize.
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson told Pistole she is "adamantly against" allowing screeners to join unions.
"You can't have eight hour days," said Hutchinson. "You have to be able to respond to emergencies."
Pistole did not express an opinion on whether TSA workers should be able to unionize but told the senators that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has asked him to study the issue.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.hutchison.0427.cnn.jpg caption="Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, told CNN’s John King Tuesday that her party should play a larger role in drafting financial reform legislation."](CNN) - Days after Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison stood firm against the Democrat-backed financial reform bill in the weekly GOP radio and internet address, the Texas Republican is demanding her party be allowed to play a larger role in drafting the reform legislation.
"Well the reason that we are not ready for this bill to go to the floor is that we have just had an experience with health care reform in which not one Republican amendment was passed, not one Republican vote was a part of this process," Hutchison told CNN's John King Tuesday evening on John King USA. "Now we are trying to have a part in this process and we have been promised negotiations before the bill would go to the floor."
Her comments came the same day Senate Democrats failed – for the second time in two days – to muster the 60 votes needed to start debating a financial reform measure that has so far failed to attract any Republican support. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, also voted against starting debate on the legislation.
In response to the blanket GOP opposition, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has accused Republicans of preferring to work "behind closed doors, instead of on the floor of the Senate in full view of the public."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/17/art.kay0817.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, delivered the Republican weekly radio and internet address Saturday"](CNN) - Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says Republicans will stand firm against any financial reform bill that allows for future government bailouts of failing banks.
“Republicans are working to ensure the bill would forbid any future bailouts of Wall Street banks,” said Hutchison in the Republican weekly radio and internet address airing Saturday. “The idea that a financial institution is ‘Too Big To Fail’ perverts free market capitalism. It suggests that large firms can privatize their profits, yet socialize their risks.”
“To be clear, we will stand firm against a partisan bill that exposes ordinary taxpayers to future bailouts or favors big companies over community banks across America,” she added.
Hutchison unsuccessfully sought the Republican Texas gubernatorial nomination, losing to Gov. Rick Perry last month. Amid urging from national and Texas Republicans, Hutchison decided to serve out the final two years of her Senate term, even though she pledged during the gubernatorial primary that she would retire this year.
Read the full remarks of the address after the jump
Washington (CNN) – Despite making a pledge to resign, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced Wednesday that she will not retire before her term expires in 2012.
"This has been a hard decision. I really did intend to leave," the Texas Republican told reporters in San Antonio.
Citing the recent passage of health care reform, a possible change in energy policy and the federal government's "massive debt," Hutchison said there were plenty of reasons to remain in Washington.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/17/art.kay0817.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, will announce Wednesday that she will not retire and will stay in the Senate until her term ends in 2012."]Atlanta (CNN) – Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, will announce Wednesday that she will not retire and will stay in the Senate until her term ends in 2012, a Republican familiar with the announcement tells CNN.
"She is going to say she is staying through her term," said the GOP source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, because the source was not authorized to speak on behalf of the senator.
Hutchison unsuccessfully sought the Republican Texas gubernatorial nomination, losing to Gov. Rick Perry earlier this month. National and Texas Republicans have urged Hutchison to stay in office, even though she pledged during the gubernatorial primary that she would leave the Senate.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/17/art.kay0817.gi.jpg caption="Hutchison pledged to resign during her failed bid for Texas governor."]Washington (CNN) – The 20 Republican members of Texas' congressional delegation have signed a letter to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison urging her not to resign her Senate seat – something she pledged to do during her unsuccessful bid for governor.
"We understand your desire to go home to Texas and spend more time with your family," the congressmen wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. "But we hope you realize how necessary your continued service in the U.S. Senate is, for Texas and for country."
Co-signers of the letter include Reps. Pete Sessions, Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Ron Paul, Kevin Brady and Kay Granger.
Click here to read the letter.
Though she repeatedly vowed to resign her Senate seat during the Republican gubernatorial primary - which pitted her against Gov. Rick Perry and GOP activist Debra Medina - Hutchison never offered a detailed timeline as to when she might step down, saying only that she planned to remain in Washington as long as Republicans were fighting Democratic efforts at health care reform.
Hutchison and her staff have remained mum on her plans since Perry defeated her in the Republican primary earlier this month. Now that President Obama has signed health care reform into law, it would appear that Hutchison's fight against the legislation has come to an end.
But if Hutchison chooses to stay in the Senate, her GOP colleagues in the House are giving her cover.
"We, as Republican members of the Texas delegation to Congress, pledge to you that, if you will stay and fight, we will stay and fight alongside you," they wrote.
Hutchison's term expires in 2013.