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Nevada TV Shows Local Politics of Jobless Benefits Vote (Video)

Jan. 7, 2014

Republican Dean Heller of Nevada is getting flak from D.C.-based conservative groups for his support of extending jobless benefits, but back home in Nevada — where the unemployment rate is a nation-high 9 percent — a different story is being told.

McConnell Ties Jobless Benefits to Obamacare Delay

Jan. 7, 2014

Attention President Barack Obama and the 1.3 million Americans who lost their unemployment insurance coverage Dec. 28: Senate Republicans say they will extend the federal jobless benefits program ... but only if Democrats agree to delay the health care law's individual mandate to pay for it.

McConnell Tries to Tie Jobless Benefits to Obamacare Delay (Video)

Jan. 7, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to tie the bill extending jobless benefits for 1.3 million people to a delay in the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate Tuesday.

Unemployment Insurance Advances in Senate

Jan. 7, 2014

In an apparent rebuke of their leadership and a relative surprise to many in the Capitol, a handful of Senate Republicans voted with Democrats to advance a bill restoring lapsed unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people.

Spending Bill On Track to Avert Shutdown

Jan. 6, 2014

If it weren’t clear already that lawmakers — especially Republicans — want to avoid another government shutdown, the overwhelming optimism Monday that Congress will pass an omnibus spending measure for the first time in two years tips their hand.

Did Murray, Ryan Set Table for Future Leadership Bids?

Jan. 3, 2014

Patty Murray and Paul D. Ryan are lawmakers on the rise, and their recent budget framework might not be a mere passing of ships in the night — especially if their upward trajectories continue on parallel paths.

Is the NSA Spying on Congress? Bernie Sanders Wants to Know

Jan. 3, 2014

Sen. Bernard Sanders sent a letter to the director of the National Security Agency on Friday, demanding that he disclose whether the intelligence agency has spied on elected officials and members of Congress.

Jobless Benefits May Stay on Congress' Cutting Room Floor

Jan. 3, 2014

Extended unemployment benefits for about 1.3 million Americans expired on Dec. 28, and Congress is unlikely to restore those payments swiftly, or at all.

The Best of #WGDB 2013, and a Thank You

Dec. 31, 2013

To our dear readers,

Landrieu Tops List of Democrats to Benefit From Baucus Exit

Dec. 20, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to tap Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China is a political boon for Democrats trying to protect their vulnerable majority, but especially for Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.

Senate Deal Sets Up Friday Christmas Exit, Pushes Yellen Confirmation to 2014 (Updated)

Dec. 19, 2013

Updated 10:25 p.m. | A bit of bipartisan Christmas cheer finally arrived in the Senate around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Senate Clears Budget Deal With Bipartisan Vote

Dec. 18, 2013

The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve a budget framework that would set top-line appropriations numbers for the next two years, laying the groundwork to avoid government shutdowns over that time period.

Baucus to Be Tapped as Ambassador to China, Hatch Quick to Endorse (Updated)

Dec. 18, 2013

Updated 6:31 p.m. | Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus will be tapped as the next ambassador to China, Democratic sources said Wednesday even as the retiring Montana Democrat played coy.

Shaheen Announces Bill to Restore Military Retirement Benefits

Dec. 17, 2013

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Tuesday that she will be introducing legislation to roll back provisions in the pending budget deal that would cut military retirement benefits by reducing cost-of-living adjustments.

Coburn's 2013 'Wastebook' Features Brothels, NASA and Senate 'Lifestyle Training'

Dec. 17, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wants Congress to stop spending money on things he deems unnecessary — such as “looking for signs of intelligent life in Congress” by giving NASA $3 million to set up a workshop in Washington, D.C., explaining the legislative branch.

Iran Sanctions Held Up by Competing Senators, Chamber Schedule

Dec. 16, 2013

Though many senators have made public demands for new sanctions on Iran, the effort in the chamber has been fractured by an apparent committee turf war and members offering competing proposals.

Senate GOP Opposition to Budget Deal Grows

Dec. 12, 2013

Many Senate Republicans began to announce opposition Thursday to a bipartisan budget agreement — even as their House counterparts passed it — actions unlikely to imperil the deal but that will make vote counters sweat in the closing days of 2013.

Reid: Unemployment Insurance Is 'First Item' on 2014 Agenda

Dec. 12, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., vowed Thursday to take up an extension of jobless benefits when Congress returns from its holiday break, saying it would be the “first item of business” in 2014.

Timing for Sexual-Assault Bills Still Up in Air

Dec. 11, 2013

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has been promised a vote on her bill to remove the prosecution of violent crime in the military from the chain of command, but when that vote will happen remains unclear.

Democrats Holding Back on Budget Deal

Dec. 11, 2013

House Democratic leaders responded Wednesday with reservations to the emerging budget deal, as few would commit publicly to the framework and none would say how many rank-and-file members would support it.

Alexander Chief of Staff Arrested Amid Child Porn Allegations (Video)

Dec. 11, 2013

Updated 5:18 p.m. | Federal law enforcement agents escorted Sen. Lamar Alexander’s D.C.-based chief of staff from his Southeast Washington home in handcuffs on Wednesday.

McConnell Decries Nominations at Expense of Defense Bill

Dec. 10, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said that by holding votes on nominees Democrats were trying to avoid amendment debate on a defense bill and divert attention from the issue of Iran sanctions.

Vitter Wants Reid to Explain His Staff's Partial Obamacare Exemption (Updated)

Dec. 10, 2013

Updated 5:05 p.m. | Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is taking another whack at Obamacare and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — this time challenging the Nevada Democrat to disclose how he decided to exempt staffers from the exchange and whether those staffers helped draft the law.

Coburn Might Hold Up Defense Bill Over Amendment Dispute

Dec. 10, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said Tuesday that he might attempt to block the Senate from proceeding on a defense authorization agreement unless senators are allowed to offer amendments.

How Democrats Plan to Cut Food Stamps Without Enraging Their Base

Dec. 9, 2013

For Democrats especially, any talk about cutting billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is uncomfortable and certain to create internal strife. But negotiators on the farm bill believe they’ve found a way to make about $8 billion in savings from the program palatable for most Democrats.

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