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7 Republicans Lift ENDA Past Filibuster (Updated)

Nov. 4, 2013

Updated 7:49 p.m. | The Senate cleared the first procedural hurdle Monday on legislation prohibiting employment discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Lord Stanley's Cup Visits Capitol Hill, Parties in Durbin's Office

Nov. 4, 2013

For the second time in four years, the Stanley Cup found its way to Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s Capitol leadership suite as Illinois ex-pats, Capitol Police hockey superfans, Senate pages and ogling reporters (including this one) celebrated the Chicago Blackhawks.

Schumer Endorses Clinton for President

Nov. 2, 2013

Just in case Hillary Rodham Clinton needed an extra push as she mulls a run for president, the No. 3 Senate Democrat — Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York — told an Iowa audience on Saturday night that he is urging her to run and would support her nomination if she did.

Booker Officially Sworn In as Senator (Video)

Oct. 31, 2013

Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey was sworn in to the Senate on Thursday, met by the hugs and handshakes of his new colleagues and an almost unheard of standing ovation in the chamber.

Grassley Committee Staff Won't Follow Intent Of Grassley Obamacare Rule

Oct. 31, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday that only his personal office employees will enter the federal health care exchange established by the Affordable Care Act — his committee staff will not.

Manchin Finds Way to the Center

Oct. 30, 2013

To understand Joe Manchin III is to know that if he could have his way, he never would have left the West Virginia governor’s mansion.

Momentum Builds for ENDA in Senate

Oct. 30, 2013

The Senate inched closer to filibuster-proof support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Wednesday, with the last Democratic holdout, Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., announcing his intent to back the bill.

Merkley Backs Shaheen's Effort to Extend Obamacare Enrollment Window

Oct. 29, 2013

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., on Tuesday became the most recent in-cycle Democrat to support a letter drafted by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., urging the Obama administration to extend the enrollment window for Americans to buy coverage under the health care law.

Democrats Introduce Bill to End Debt Limit Brinkmanship

Oct. 29, 2013

Three Democratic senators, led by Charles E. Schumer of New York, introduced legislation Tuesday to permanently install a new procedure on the debt limit that would all-but-eliminate the threat of default.

Feinstein Calls For Review of NSA Spying on Allied Foreign Leaders

Oct. 28, 2013

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Monday she is “unequivocally” and “totally opposed” to the collection of intelligence on leaders of nations that are American allies.

ENDA Vote Could Come Next Week

Oct. 28, 2013

In what could be a major breakthrough for gay rights legislation, the Senate could vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as early as next week, according to a Senate Democratic aide.

Manchin's Obamacare Mandate Delay Could Create Political Peril

Oct. 25, 2013

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III has quickly become a favorite of Republicans with his quest to delay the individual mandate to buy health insurance under Obamacare.

Tester, Pingree Push Clapper for Change to Protect Assault Victims

Oct. 24, 2013

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, have sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. to urge him to eliminate a requirement in the security clearance process that forces survivors of sexual assault in the military to declare whether they sought counseling.

Manchin Doubts Obama Would Veto Bipartisan Delay of Individual Mandate (Updated)

Oct. 23, 2013

Updated 8:57 p.m. | Sen. Joe Manchin III said Wednesday that he couldn’t “imagine” President Barack Obama would veto a yearlong delay of the individual mandate that the West Virginia Democrat is working to draft.

Did the Shutdown Help the Immigration Cause?

Oct. 22, 2013

Advocates of an immigration overhaul may see a silver lining in the recent 16-day government shutdown for their cause in the House, sensing that Republicans will want to win back some of the popular support they lost over the past month.

House Honors Late Speaker Tom Foley

Oct. 22, 2013

The House is honoring former Speaker Thomas S. Foley by draping black fabric over his portrait in the Speaker’s Lobby and the speaker’s chair in the chamber every legislative day until a memorial service is held in his honor.

Reid: GOP Will Lose House if Government Shuts Down Again

Oct. 20, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in an interview aired Sunday that Republicans would be at risk of losing their majority in the House if the government were to shut down again in January.

Senate Approves Bill to Avert Default, Reopen Government

Oct. 16, 2013

The Senate approved a bill to reopen the government and avert default Wednesday night, 16 days into a government shutdown and a day before the Treasury Department’s debt limit deadline.

Senate Staff Gets Guidance (for Now) on Obamacare Exchanges

Oct. 15, 2013

Senate staffers were notified by the Disbursing Office on Tuesday that they will need to enter the D.C. health care exchange, regardless of their state of residency, and will lose their employer contribution if they do not enter the D.C. exchange, according to a memo obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Reid Slams New House GOP Debt Limit Offer

Oct. 15, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday he was “blindsided” by news that House Republicans were moving forward on their own debt limit bill and “disappointed” in Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for doing so.

Staffers Warned of Downside of Missing This Friday's Payday

Oct. 15, 2013

The Senate Disbursing Office sent a memo to staffers on Tuesday alerting them that if Congress does not reopen the government, they will not be getting checks on their Friday payday. Additionally, they were told that if retroactive pay is not approved, furloughed staff could lose out both on that salary and other benefits.

Cruz, Lee Are No-Shows at Important GOP Lunch

Oct. 15, 2013

Updated 4:00 p.m.: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah did not attend Tuesday’s party luncheon where a number of ideas to avert default were discussed, according to a senator present at the meeting.

Filibuster Could Push Senate Debt Limit Votes to After Thursday Deadline

Oct. 14, 2013

Even if Senators are able to agree to a debt ceiling and government spending framework on Tuesday, any one senator could delay the chamber from passing it until Friday — a day after the Treasury says it will run out of money to pay the nation’s bills.

Senate Republicans Postpone Meeting to Ensure 'Full Attendance' (Updated)

Oct. 14, 2013

Updated 6:25 p.m.: Less than 60 hours before a default deadline, Senate Republicans postponed a Monday night conference meeting until 11 a.m. Tuesday so that more members can be in attendance, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Obama Calls Hill Leaders to White House to Talk Debt Limit, Shutdown (Updated)

Oct. 14, 2013

Updated 3:10 p.m. | President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. plan to meet with the top four congressional leaders in a White House meeting Monday, according to a White House official.

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