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Cruz, Lee Lobbying House GOP, but to What End?

Sept. 27, 2013

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah have been lobbying members of the House Republican Conference to band together and continue to push for a defunding of the Affordable Care Act, just days before a potential government shutdown.

Senate Votes to Keep Obamacare Funded, Sends CR Back to House

Sept. 27, 2013

The Senate sent a stopgap spending bill back to the House Friday, after a party-line vote to strip out language that would have cut off funding to the Affordable Care Act.

Grassley Frustrated by Fight Over His Health Care Amendment

Sept. 26, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday he is frustrated by the continuing battle over health benefits for members of Congress and their staff, which he attributes to a drafting mistake in the Affordable Care Act by Democrats.

Manchin Backs One-Year Delay of Individual Mandate

Sept. 26, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he would support a one-year delay in implementing the individual mandate, the cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as part of larger budget negotiations to avert a government shutdown.

Vitter Files Expanded Ethics Complaint Against Reid, Boxer

Sept. 26, 2013

Sen. David Vitter filed another complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee Thursday, alleging Democratic misconduct in crafting an amendment that appeared to directly target him — just two days after the panel dismissed his initial complaint.

Republicans Plot CR Endgame

Sept. 25, 2013

House Republican leaders are now in full flinging-spaghetti-at-the-wall mode as they float ideas for a spending bill that could win over enough of their rank and file to prevent a government shutdown.

Senate Votes 100-0 to Take Up CR as Cruz Shows Signs of Bending on Schedule

Sept. 25, 2013

The Senate voted 100-0 to take up the House-passed continuing resolution Wednesday, while Sen. Ted Cruz indicated a willingness to accelerate the timetable for the more important vote to cut off debate on the bill.

#TedTalks: The Presiders

Sept. 25, 2013

For every moment Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has spent on the floor protesting the president’s health care law, there has been a Democrat in the Senate chamber chair, presiding and listening to him speak.

Lew to Congress: Oct. 17 Deadline to Increase Debt Limit

Sept. 25, 2013

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew sent a letter on Wednesday to congressional leaders informing them that they need to find a way to raise the debt limit by Oct. 17, when the department would run out of extraordinary measures to continue to pay the bills.

Paul and Cruz Chart Different Paths to Senate (and National) Power

Sept. 24, 2013

Both Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky might be beloved by the conservative base, but the way they deal with colleagues and the Senate institution highlights that not all tea party darlings are alike.

Cruz's Title at NRSC Highlights Conflict With Colleagues

Sept. 23, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has not been engaged in his role as vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to multiple sources familiar with GOP politics, and a growing number of Republicans are frustrated that the freshman senator has aligned himself with a group actively attacking their incumbent colleagues.

A Tale of Two Statements: W.Va. Senators React to EPA Coal Decision

Sept. 20, 2013

If the ways in which a lame-duck senator is different from an active senator weren’t already abundantly clear, the responses of Democratic West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin III and Jay Rockefeller to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new emissions standards for coal provide a perfect case in point.

Cruz Asks House to Pass a Bill It Has Already Approved

Sept. 20, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Friday that the House should send “one continuing resolution after another funding each specific piece of government,” starting with the military, to pressure Democrats to keep the armed forces operational while agencies charged with implementing Obamacare stand without funds.

Senate Adjourned Until Monday, Won't Vote Until Tuesday

Sept. 19, 2013

Why make senators come to work in Washington on Friday or Monday with the government set to shut down in 11 days?

Essential Senate GOP Staffer to Fellow Republicans: Let's Avoid a Shutdown

Sept. 19, 2013

Apparently the Senate administrative director’s Listserv got a little sassy Thursday morning, with Sen. Susan Collins’ administrative director telling Sen. David Vitter’s administrative director that her office’s priority should be to avoid a government shutdown, not determine who is nonessential staff.

Ron Johnson May Sue Over Obamacare Ruling for Congressional Staff

Sept. 19, 2013

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Thursday he is laying groundwork for a court challenge to an Office of Personnel Management decision that will permit congressional staffers to continue receiving employer contributions for their health care.

Coburn Targets Pro Sports Leagues' Tax Exemptions

Sept. 18, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn on Tuesday introduced a bill to bar professional sports leagues with annual revenues exceeding $10 million from qualifying for tax-exempt status.

Schumer: Obama Should Pick Yellen to Head Federal Reserve

Sept. 18, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday that President Barack Obama should choose Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, making the New York Democrat one of the first more Wall Street-friendly members to join a growing chorus of progressive senators backing the current Fed vice chairwoman.

Democratic Senators Say They're More Worried Than Ever About a Default

Sept. 18, 2013

Democratic senators said they left a Wednesday meeting with Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew more concerned about the likelihood of government default as a result of Congress failing to lift the debt ceiling than they were even during the brutal fight on the issue back in 2011.

After Navy Yard Shooting, Ayotte Calls for Hearing on Contractor Hiring

Sept. 17, 2013

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire urged leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel to hold a hearing on federal contractor hiring practices at military installations, following a mass shooting Monday at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard.

Reid: 'We Don't Have the Votes' for Background Checks

Sept. 17, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that he would need to have enough votes for any gun control legislation before bringing another bill to the floor, while leaving open the option for a narrower measure than the failed background check bill from earlier this year.

House Republicans Scramble to Avoid October Government Shutdown

Sept. 10, 2013

House Republican leaders made their first real move Tuesday toward averting a politically catastrophic shutdown Oct. 1, but they once again face a tough road to unite their conference behind them.

McConnell Opposes Syria Strike

Sept. 10, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday announced his opposition to authorizing strikes on Syria at the same time that it was becoming clearer that the Senate may not proceed with an outright authorization resolution.

10 Senators to Watch This Week on Syria

Sept. 9, 2013

President Barack Obama continues to rally support for his plan to punish Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people, and several senators may be crucial to getting the 60 votes needed to move forward on a use of force resolution.

Obama to Meet With Senate Democrats Tuesday on Syria

Sept. 8, 2013

President Barack Obama will travel to the Hill on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Syria with Senate Democrats, a Senate Democratic aide confirmed Sunday.

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