| March 27, 2015, 12:18 p.m.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth has not officially announced her 2016 intentions, but the behind-the-scenes jockeying to replace the two-term congresswoman in her suburban Chicago House district should she run for Senate has already begun in earnest.
| March 27, 2015, 12:06 p.m.
Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.
| March 27, 2015, 11:27 a.m.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s planned retirement ensures Nevada will host a top-tier Senate race in 2016.
| March 27, 2015, 9:35 a.m.
Updated 12:10 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who announced early Friday he won’t seek re-election in 2016, gave no indication anything was up when he exited the Capitol in the wee hours following Thursday night’s marathon session for the budget vote-a-rama.
| March 27, 2015, 8:29 a.m.
Longtime Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election, he said Friday.
| March 27, 2015, 5:02 a.m.
House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.
| March 27, 2015, 3:28 a.m.
Updated 4:20 a.m. | The Senate approved the GOP’s budget blueprint on a 52-46 vote following an epic vote-a-rama that featured dozens of test votes on everything from carbon taxes to Social Security benefits for same-sex marriages.
| March 27, 2015, 3:20 a.m.
Updated 3:47 a.m. | Sen. David Vitter won a small victory in the wee hours Friday, resurrecting his amendment to end employer-provided health benefits for members of Congress.
| March 27, 2015, 12:51 a.m.
One of Iran’s most notable former diplomats, the ex-spokesman for the nation’s nuclear negotiation team, wrote the most popular book spotted on the Senate floor during the annual vote-a-rama.
| March 26, 2015, 10:47 p.m.
Updated 12:22 a.m. | The Senate endorsed Social Security and veterans benefits for married gay couples Thursday night in a 57-43 vote, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat.
| March 26, 2015, 8:36 p.m.
For a pair of Republican senators, the budget vote-a-rama seemed like a great time to demonstrate they aren’t luddites.
| March 26, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
The White House has posted a conversation between President Barack Obama and David Simon, the creator of The Wire, about changing the drug war to de-emphasize incarcerations.
| March 26, 2015, 6:20 p.m.
As evening approached in the Senate’s budget vote-a-rama, lawmakers found some common ground on Iran. A 100-0 vote followed.
| March 26, 2015, 6:13 p.m.
Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s alleged ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”
| March 26, 2015, 5:37 p.m.
Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.
| March 26, 2015, 4:26 p.m.
Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually.
| March 26, 2015, 4 p.m.
Adopting rhetoric similar to Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s “back of the bus” comment that drew the ire of Republicans, about a dozen women congregated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday to protest the delay on confirming Loretta Lynch.
| March 26, 2015, 3:07 p.m.
The moment you’ve been waiting for — the (sort of) annual Senate vote-a-rama — is here. A whole host of CQ Roll Call reporters and editors are tweeting out details during the marathon voting session, which you can read below. Scores of amendments are expected to get votes, with final adoption of the Senate GOP’s budget expected early Friday morning.
| March 26, 2015, 1:48 p.m.
With the budget vote-a-rama anticipated to consume the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body for the foreseeable future, Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday had resigned themselves to doing the people’s business behind closed doors — until the Fourth Estate weighed in.
| March 26, 2015, 1:43 p.m.
Aaron Schock, whose resignation officially takes effect on March 31, may be leaving Congress, but not before breaking just one more House rule: Schock brought coffee to the House chamber Thursday.