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Candidates Get Platform With GOP Weekly Address

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Every week after President Barack Obama delivers his weekly address, the Republicans get a chance to respond. Because they don't, of course, have a singular figure who would naturally address the nation each week, the speakers vary. So far in 2014, 11 Republican candidates — four House hopefuls and seven vying for Senate seats — have had the honor to take to YouTube and spread their party's message.  

In the fall of an election year, the GOP weekly address is an opportunity for Republicans to showcase some of their hopefuls on the ballot to a broader audience than the candidates can normally reach themselves — because not everyone pays attention to every Senate race, or to New York congressional campaigns.  

White House Threatened Veto of Spending Bill Over McConnell Amendment (Updated)

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Updated 2:44 p.m. | Top senators signaled the White House threatened to veto a Senate spending bill over a possible amendment from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to block EPA power plant regulations.  

The amendment, billed by the Kentucky Republican as a fight against the Environmental Protection Agency's "war on coal" was cited by the chairwomen of the full Appropriations Committee and the Energy-Water Subcommittee as the key factor in removing that fiscal 2015 bill from Thursday morning's markup agenda.  

McConnell Plots Coal Amendment to Energy Spending Bill

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning an amendment to an upcoming spending bill that could put the brakes on the EPA's plans to implement new regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants.  

While it is unusual for the Kentucky Republican to appear at an Appropriations Committee gathering in person, he has maintained his seat and influence on the panel.  

GOP Like 'Greased Pigs' on Energy Efficiency Bill, Reid Says (Video)

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The bipartisan energy efficiency bill that the Senate has debated on-and-off since last year is once again on the verge of becoming the punchline of a bad joke.  

Majority Leader Harry Reid compared Republicans to greased pigs as he tried to get support for the legislation, authored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.  

Tax 'Extenders' and Energy Efficiency Make May Agenda, Reid Says

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring up a catchall tax "extenders" package to the floor next work period, along with a long-delayed energy efficiency bill.  

Those measures may be in line behind an effort by Democrats to phase-in an increase of the federal the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The minimum wage bill, spearheaded by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was initially expected to get a test vote on the Senate floor before the most recent work period ended, but Reid decided to move forward first with a vote on a gender pay equity measure, along with some nominations.  

Keystone XL Pipeline Deadline Sought by 11 Senate Democrats

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Democratic senators who favor completing the Keystone XL pipeline, including some of the party's most vulnerable senators up for re-election, are once again prodding the White House to make up its mind.  

In a new letter to President Barack Obama, 11 Democrats are making a pre-recess push for a May 31 deadline for action. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota spearheaded the new letter along with new Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.  

Vulnerable Democrats Missing From All-Night Climate Change Debate

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Thirty Senate Democrats are scheduled to stage an all-night talkathon to address climate change and its deniers, but notably missing from the extensive roster of speakers are moderate Democrats, especially those who are up for re-election in 2014.  

According to a list of participating senators provided by Democrats, the most politically vulnerable among them will not speak: Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and John Walsh of Montana. Interviews with several moderate Democrats on Monday suggested they were not invited to contribute to the event, while GOP campaigns hit Senate Democrats generally for staging such a stand on the floor.  

Climate Change All-Night Session Set for Monday

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Senate Democrats are about to burn the midnight oil to make their case on climate change.  

The previously rumored all-night session on the effects of climate change will take place Monday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse confirmed.