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Kirk Has Gallbladder Removed in Illinois Hospital

Dec. 9, 2013

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., underwent surgery Monday to remove his gallbladder after doctors discovered gallstones that had been creating stomach pains, the senator’s office announced.

Minimum Wage Prospects Dim, Despite Protests

Dec. 6, 2013

Outside Congress, Democrats and labor unions are fighting for an increase in the federal minimum wage. But inside the Dome, Democrats are strapped for political capital to pass legislation as they engage in a multifront battle against Republicans to extend jobless benefits and protect social programs cut by the sequester.

Democratic Committee Leaders Ask for Iran Intel Briefings

Dec. 6, 2013

Democratic Sens. Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Carl Levin of Michigan and Dianne Feinstein of California wrote to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on Friday, urging him to provide regular briefings on Iran.

Budget Deal Looks Likely, but Passage Uncertain

Dec. 4, 2013

Budget negotiators are nearing a deal that could ease the way for leaders to avert another government shutdown before the 2014 elections, but only if rank and file — particularly in the House — buy into the agreement.

Farm Bill Negotiators to Meet Wednesday

Dec. 3, 2013

The top four members of the farm bill conference committee will meet Wednesday morning to try to make headway on the stalled conference talks, a source confirmed Tuesday.

NSA, Security Issues Forced Out of Defense Debate

Dec. 2, 2013

The uproar over domestic surveillance and national security issues may die down to a whimper in the Senate this year.

Senator Wants Chatty Future Air Travelers to Get Off His Lawn

Nov. 26, 2013

Bad news potentially promiscuous air travelers: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., doesn’t want to know about your “last night’s love life.” Alexander: Not a fan of cellphone use on planes. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Alexander issued a statement on the eve of one of the busiest air travel days of the year urging Federal Communications Commission heads to ban phone calls on planes, even as the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would ease its…

Questions Over Iran Jam Leaders, Defense Bill Negotiators

Nov. 25, 2013

An interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program is complicating the future for the annual defense authorization bill, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., must manage three clashing factions: senators intent on passing a new round of sanctions, a White House that opposes them and armed services negotiators who simply want to see their bill passed.

Senate Rejects Attempt to End Debate on Defense Bill

Nov. 21, 2013

Senate Republicans blocked a move to end debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, leaving the key legislation in limbo heading into a two week break and with time running out on the year.

Yellen's Fed Nomination Advances to Full Senate

Nov. 21, 2013

The Senate Banking Committee voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve. If confirmed by the full Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to head one of the world’s most powerful financial agencies.

Reid Vows to Take Up Iran Sanctions Bill

Nov. 21, 2013

One of the outstanding issues in the defense authorization debate had been how to deal with Iran sanctions, but Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took a significant step Thursday to resolve the issue by vowing to move a stand-alone bill after Thanksgiving recess.

Defense Bill Stalled as Senators Feud Over Amendments (Updated)

Nov. 20, 2013

Updated 7:44 p.m. | The Senate is stumbling into a two-week Thanksgiving recess with hope fading for completing action on a defense authorization bill, which some senators said needed to be done this week in order to become law by year’s end.

Reid Backs Gillibrand's Military Sexual Assault Proposal

Nov. 19, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Tuesday he will support legislation from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to remove prosecutions of serious crimes, including sexual assault, from the military chain of command.

Gillibrand's Sexual-Assault Amendment Gains Momentum, but Still Faces High Hurdle

Nov. 19, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., gave a high-profile boost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday by supporting her legislation to remove the prosecution of serious crimes in the military from the chain of command.

Reid: 'We Need to Do Something' After GOP Filibusters of Nominations (Updated)

Nov. 19, 2013

Updated 5:04 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., expressed frustration Tuesday with the recent filibusters of three D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominees, and said he is “considering looking at the rules” of the Senate and how he might change them, without detailing those efforts.

'Nuclear Option' Talk Heats Up After Another Filibuster

Nov. 18, 2013

Democratic leaders are again taking the temperature of their caucus on whether to finally go “nuclear” and change the Senate rules after Republicans blocked another judge Monday night, aides said.

Reid Clears Way for Defense Authorization Bill

Nov. 18, 2013

The Senate passed a compound drug bill by voice vote Monday afternoon, clearing a path to debate the National Defense Authorization Act this week.

Military Sexual-Assault Bills Touch Raw Political Nerve for Democrats

Nov. 15, 2013

Democrats seem to agree on the need to address the rising number of sexual assaults in the military, but the intraparty battle over the issue has gotten deeply personal and could end up politically damaging to those who have been tagged as “anti-victim.”

Democrats Not Satisfied by Obama's 'If You Like It' Fix for Obamacare

Nov. 14, 2013

President Barack Obama’s announcement Thursday about keeping existing health care policies under Obamacare hasn’t fully assuaged Senate Democrats’ concerns.

Obamacare Meeting Set for Senate Democrats, White House Aides

Nov. 13, 2013

Senate Democrats will hold a closed-door full caucus meeting Thursday with Obama administration officials to discuss their growing concerns with problems in the health care law, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday.

Feinstein Signs On to Landrieu Obamacare Fix

Nov. 12, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Tuesday evening she is co-sponsoring an Obamacare bill by fellow Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu that would allow individuals to keep their original health insurance coverage.

NSA, Sex Assault and Iran on Tap During Defense Debate

Nov. 11, 2013

Sex assault in the military, spying on U.S. citizens, Iran’s nuclear program and even the minimum wage may all try to hitch a ride on the Senate’s defense authorization bill, and they may only have a week to do it.

Senate Passes Gay Employment Rights Bill

Nov. 7, 2013

The Senate on Thursday approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a tempered win for gay rights advocates who still need a reluctant, GOP-controlled House to take up and pass the bill.

Capitol Community Mourns 'Mr. Ivey'

Nov. 5, 2013

Ivey Lee Armstrong Sr., affectionately known as “Mr. Ivey” to many in the Capitol, spent nearly 30 years cooking for senators, policemen and support staff. He died Oct. 15 at the age of 62.

GOP Gets Another Chance to Back Disabilities Treaty

Nov. 5, 2013

The last time Senate Democrats brought up an international disabilities treaty Republicans were deeply divided.

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