| Aug 2, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Last month, the Senate moved back from the brink of the “nuclear option,” a parliamentary maneuver that would have allowed Democrats to confirm President Obama’s executive branch nominees without amassing the 60 votes needed to break a...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- It wasn’t long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 10:05 AM
WASHINGTON -- An effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to cut off $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt failed on a vote of 86-13 in the Senate on Wednesday, indicating continued broad support for the argument that the United States will have more leverage over...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 2:17 PM
WASHINGTON – B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote.
Democrats had expected a close...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 3:18 PM
WASHINGTON – James B. Comey was confirmed as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Monday, ending what had been a rare filibuster against a nominee to head the agency.
With the 93-1 vote, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) became the...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 4:00 PM
WASHINGTON – Tacking a costly plan to secure the border onto the immigration overhaul led to robust Republican support during a key vote Monday, all but assuring passage of the sweeping legislation and its path to citizenship for immigrants later...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON — Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was confirmed Tuesday as President Obama’s secretary of Commerce in a 97-1 Senate vote.
Pritzker, a Democratic mega-donor whose family founded the Hyatt Hotel chain, was the president’s...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 1:30 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate is likely to vote early next week on whether Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker gets the top job at the Commerce Department, a Senate aide said Friday.
Nominated in May by President Obama, Pritzker, 54, is a business...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:27 PM
Efforts to gut a key provision of a bipartisan immigration bill failed Thursday, when an amendment by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) stalled.
Grassley's amendment would have required that border security benchmarks be met before immigrants who are in...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Three co-sponsors of the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills in Congress have publicly withdrawn their support as Wikipedia and thousands of websites blacked out their pages Wednesday to protest the legislation....
| Feb 9, 2012
| 9:11 AM
The GOP-led House passed a tamer version of a sweeping ethics bill that would ban lawmakers' insider trading for personal gain, setting up a showdown with the Senate, which approved a stricter version.
The legislation is the most ambitious effort in...