| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:56 p.m.
The Senate is expected to pass the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill (HR 3979) today, legislation that would require the military to notify congressional committees about certain biofuel expenditures.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:52 p.m.
Maintaining a tradition that has lasted more than half a century, the Senate is poised to clear for President Barack Obama’s signature Friday afternoon the annual defense authorization bill.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:52 p.m.
Patty Murray confirmed Friday that she plans to succeed Tom Harkin as the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next year, where she is expected to play a prominent role defending the health care law and trying to forge compromises on stalled education policy.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:27 p.m.
Rose Clayton Cochran, wife of Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, died Friday morning after a long battle with dementia, Cochran’s office announced. She was 73.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:26 p.m.
Senate talks are underway in hopes of wrapping up a spending measure by Saturday.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:24 p.m.
Wall Street is losing the opportunity for a Democratic ally to take the party’s top spot on the Banking Committee, but the financial sector seems to be banking on that friend playing an even bigger role in leadership.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 1:52 p.m.
Climate warrior Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., offered congratulations to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for proposing carbon limits on existing power plants.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Rep. Tom Price might not have the same star power as Rep. Paul D. Ryan.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 11:43 a.m.
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., told CQ Roll Call she thinks former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will run for Senate in 2016, adding “no one would primary him.”
| Dec. 12, 2014, 11:32 a.m.
Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to tackle the catchall “cromnibus” spending bill before departure.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 12:04 a.m.
After the “cromnibus” passed Thursday night, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., made the rather shocking claim that GOP leadership convinced him to vote for the rule allowing the bill to get to the floor by telling him they were pulling the bill anyway.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 11:49 p.m.
Updated 1:18 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12: The House passed the cromnibus Thursday night 219-206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill, and 67 Republicans and 139 Democrats voting against. While the vote was close, the breakdown split along familiar lines. But there were some interesting trends and deviations in the vote.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 10:30 p.m.
Spending Squeaker. EPA and other environmental regulators are breathing a sigh of relief after the cromnibus (HR 83) survived a near-death experience and passed the House on a 219-206 vote last night.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 9:43 p.m.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 8:19 p.m.
Just hours from a government shutdown that everyone once insisted would never happen, House Democrats emerged from an emergency caucus meeting Thursday night much the same way they walked in: without a unified strategy.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 2:17 p.m.
Updated 3:09 p.m. | Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the “cromnibus.”
| Dec. 11, 2014, 2:10 p.m.
President Barack Obama opposes a rider on the “cromnibus” prohibiting the District of Columbia from implementing a voter referendum legalizing marijuana but will sign the bill anyway.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 2 p.m.
“You’re a good man, Santa.”
| Dec. 11, 2014, 1:45 p.m.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to push for fresh legislation stemming from her panel's report into the CIA's post-9/11 detainee interrogation practices, but she'll likely face an uphill climb because even Republicans sympathetic to criticisms of the CIA’s methods say there are no need for new laws.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 1:32 p.m.
In bidding farewell to the Senate — and perhaps to Washington — Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn dismissed some of the most common notions about the chamber.