Rules and Administration

Committee Approves Librarian of Congress Nominee
Carla Hayden would be the first woman and African-American to lead Library

Carla D. Hayden, President Barack Obama's nominee to the Library of Congress, at a Senate hearing in April. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Carla D. Hayden is one step closer to becoming the first African-American and woman to head the Library of Congress.  

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved Hayden's nomination by voice vote Thursday. Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri said he expects her nomination to move to the floor this month.

Schumer Backs Banning 'E-Cigs' on Capitol Grounds (Updated)

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Updated 7:20 p.m. | Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., will back a move to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes on Capitol grounds by treating them like more traditional cigarettes.  

"Chairman Schumer has no objection to incorporating e-cigarettes into the Senate smoking policies, and will work with the Rules Committee Republicans to amend the regulations accordingly," Schumer spokesman Matt House said in a statement.