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Senate Democrats Backed Obama On Overwhelming Number of 2013 Votes, CQ Roll Call Vote Studies Show

Feb. 3, 2014

Every vulnerable Senate Democrat up for re-election in 2014 voted with President Barack Obama at least 90 percent of the time in 2013, according to CQ Roll Call’s latest vote studies, released Monday.

Senators Say Northwestern Unionization Effort Prompts Important Questions

Jan. 31, 2014

Lawmakers could intensify debate on a historic attempt by Northwestern University football players to become the first college athletes to unionize, from holding highly visible Capitol Hill hearings to potentially expanding federal labor laws to protect the rights of student-athletes.

Manchin: White House Waiting for 2014 Elections on Gun Control

Jan. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama did not mention the words “background checks” in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. And don’t expect him to push for expanding federal background checks until after the 2014 elections, according to a top lawmaker on the issue.

Cornyn Responds to Stockman's Absence: 'Hmm ... '

Jan. 28, 2014

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, would like voters to “reach their own conclusions” about his Republican primary challenger’s recent whereabouts.

For Senate Democrats, No Credit for Wage Proposal From Obama

Jan. 28, 2014

In September, 15 Senate Democrats put pen to paper to urge President Barack Obama to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10. On Tuesday, they’ll get exactly what they wanted from Obama — except for any recognition of their efforts.

Faces to Watch During the 2014 State of the Union

Jan. 27, 2014

President Barack Obama will go before Congress Tuesday night to deliver the State of the Union address as both parties are gearing up for a bruising midterm election campaign.

Kirk Vs. Duckworth for Senate in 2016?

Jan. 27, 2014

Political circumstance could one day bring Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., together on a ballot against each other. But for now, military service and traumatic injury have united them at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where they often run into one another and visit with troops.

Speaker Peter Roskam? Mark Kirk Thinks So

Jan. 27, 2014

A former whip team member and current senator has a No. 1 draft pick on the short list of names to ascend to the top of the House Republican Conference: Peter Roskam of Illinois.

Kirk's Next Challenge? Re-Election in 2016

Jan. 26, 2014

Lying in a Chicago hospital bed two years ago, Sen. Mark S. Kirk had a lot of time to think.

White House Briefs Democratic Chiefs of Staff on SOTU

Jan. 24, 2014

The White House dispatched top aides to Capitol Hill Friday afternoon to brief Senate Democratic chiefs of staff on President Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address.

Schumer: Administration, IRS Must 'Redouble Efforts' on Campaign Finance Enforcement

Jan. 23, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that Democrats, the administration and the IRS must immediately “redouble” efforts to close loopholes created by a recent Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for money into politics.

How Murkowski's Voting Record Could Help Begich in Alaska

Jan. 21, 2014

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, might not want her Democratic colleague, Mark Begich, to win re-election in 2014, but her habit of breaking with the GOP on several key votes could give him some political cover ahead of 2014.

David Vitter Announces Run for Governor

Jan. 21, 2014

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday that he will run for governor next year, confirming the biggest open secret in Bayou State politics and on Capitol Hill.

Shaheen Reports $1.1 Million Raised Last Quarter

Jan. 16, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., raised $1.1 million in the final quarter of 2013 and will report $3.4 million in the bank to kick off her re-election year.

Cochran Baits Primary Hook With Catfish Fight

Jan. 15, 2014

Just a couple of months ago, Republicans viewed Thad Cochran as the most likely senator to retire in 2014. But now that he’s seeking a seventh term, the Mississippi senator has more work to do than any other Republican in his chamber.

White House Defends Hagan Skipping Obama N.C. Event

Jan. 14, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended Tuesday the decision of Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., to skip an event in the Tar Heel State, citing the Senate’s potential voting schedule.

Democrats Whipping Ayotte Amendment, With Immigration Politics Center Stage

Jan. 13, 2014

Updated 11:13 p.m. | Senate Democrats have begun whipping an amendment from Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to the stalled jobless benefits bill, hoping to use it as a political hammer against GOP senators who are looking to the measure to cater to their conservative bases.

Louisiana Senate Contenders Race to Fund Flood Insurance Bill

Jan. 13, 2014

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and her top 2014 opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., are in a de facto race to pass competing flood insurance legislation pending in both chambers.

Lawmakers Will Tackle Packed Agenda Before Recess

Jan. 10, 2014

In what has become a familiar scenario, the House and Senate have a full legislative plate and only until Jan. 18 to clean it, with a potential government shutdown on the line.

Iran Sanctions Bill Gains Support but to What End?

Jan. 10, 2014

A bipartisan bill to increase sanctions on Iran appears to have a filibuster-proof majority, according to a Senate aide, but the Obama administration already has vowed to veto it.

Christie Could Face Heat on the Hill in Weeks Ahead

Jan. 9, 2014

Lawmakers issued reviews ranging from nondescript to positive of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Thursday news conference, largely reserving judgment on the bridge scandal that’s embroiled the potential presidential candidate’s administration.

Collins: Obama Willing to Talk on Long-Term UI Changes

Jan. 8, 2014

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said that in a conversation with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, he promised her he would send staff to the Hill to discuss with her potential changes to the extended unemployment insurance program.

High Jobless Rates Drive GOP Backers of Unemployment Benefits

Jan. 7, 2014

Six Republicans bucked the party line Tuesday to open debate on a temporary reinstatement of lapsed jobless benefits — and for some, the story behind their support is one of high unemployment at home, combined with Democratic delegation-mates who create inherent political tension.

Farm Bill Nearing Home Stretch (Updated)

Jan. 7, 2014

The long-delayed farm bill may finally be on a glide path to passage, after months of partisan wrangling raised doubts over whether such a day would ever come.

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