Ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court review of the health care reform law that many Republicans call "Obamacare," and a day after the law's two-year anniversary, Sen. Mitch McConnell used the GOP weekly address Saturday to hammer President Barack Obama over the measure.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.
The president says that the auto bailouts worked, in an address to the United Auto Workers union in Washington.
Congressional negotiators have come to an agreement they believe will prevent a government shutdown, according to several Democratic sources.
In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.
The Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals for a payroll tax cut extension.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday released the outlines of their proposal to extend the payroll tax cut -- and it differs significantly from one put out by Senate Democrats.
An emotional debate on the Senate floor Thursday night is putting a microscope once again on the political games in Washington that Americans overwhelmingly detest.
Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, explains why the White House is dropping a long-term health care program.
In response to President Barack Obama's repeated calls for Congress to pass his jobs bill right away, Senate Republicans tried to call his bluff and force a quick vote on that legislation Tuesday.
President Barack Obama on Thursday took his pitch for his $447 billion jobs bill to the shadows of an aging bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky -- home states to his chief Republican rivals in Congress.
Sen. Mitch McConnell says today the American people "will know where we stand" on "cut, cap and balance."
By all measures, Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are worlds apart when it comes to their politics. But there's at least one thing solidifying their relationship.
Sen. Mitch McConnell says a national default "is not going to happen," and that he's fully engaged in talks with the president.
Lisa Sylvester reports on the background and upbringing of the legislator caught in the middle of a debt ceiling debate.
"Cut, cap and balance" is all the rage in some Republican quarters.
Because there is a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that the White House talks are unlikely to bear fruit, lawmakers in both parties are looking to a plan offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most likely legislative solution to avoiding a default.
A day after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a backup plan to raise the debt ceiling if a deficit reduction deal with Democrats can't be reached, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor torpedoed the proposal, saying it doesn't have any chance of passing in his chamber.
Sen. Mitch McConnell calls the Democrats' plans for the debt ceiling "smoke and mirrors."
Senate Republicans offered a politically inspired fallback option to the debt ceiling impasse Tuesday, proposing three short-term increases in the amount the government can borrow while at the same time registering the disapproval of Congress for such a move.
Negotiations on raising the debt ceiling, tied to tackling the nation's growing deficit, have officially reached an impasse.
As the clock ticks down to the August date in which the U.S. officially defaults on its debt, lawmakers on both sides of aisle appear to be playing a game of political volleyball.
A day after meeting separately with President Barack Obama, the Senate's top Democrat and top Republican continued to spar Tuesday over whether increased tax revenue should be part of a deficit reduction agreement.
Any deal to raise the debt ceiling will have to include steep cuts to federal spending. But might it also include tax hikes?
President Barack Obama believes "a significant deal" on deficit reduction remains possible this year so long as Republicans are willing to accept that no one will get everything they want in the negotiations, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Majority Leader Eric Cantor "can't handle the truth" about tax cuts.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to discuss "the status of the negotiations to find common ground on a balanced approach to deficit reduction," according to a White House statement released Friday.
Senate Republicans have failed to block a floor vote for a controversial judicial nominee labeled as anti-business.
The top Senate Republican on Tuesday laid out a hard-line negotiating stance on upcoming budget battles, rejecting any tax increases and demanding "significant" reforms in exchange for his vote to raise the debt ceiling.
The Senate argues over the fiscal year 2011 budget that will be voted on this week.
A three-week extension of government funding won approval Tuesday from the U.S. House, with Democratic support overcoming opposition by some conservative Republicans.
Amid the partisan political posturing of Sunday talk shows, indications emerged of how a congressional budget compromise might take shape even as a stop-gap deal remains elusive.
Republican leaders called Sunday for immediate and significant cuts in government spending, while Democrats warned such a strategy could harm economic recovery.
CNN's Candy Crowley and her team watch the other Sunday shows so you don't have to.
Once again, Congress is facing intense deadline pressure to pass a spending bill to fund the federal government.
Senate debate on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia intensified Monday, with Democratic supporters touting the backing of military leaders for the pact while Republican opponents used to Cold War terminology to portray it as a threat to national security.
Senate Republicans mounted a counter-attack Sunday against ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, trying to put off a vote that Democrats say they will win if it is held.
On this week's "Getting To Know", we learn about the former Joint Chiefs Chairman's favorite childhood Christmas gift.
In a dramatic twist played out on the floor of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid conceded Thursday night he lacked the votes to bring up a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yanked a pork-laden spending bill Thursday, citing the sudden loss of GOP support.
The hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Monday, with both parties strongly supporting a motion to end debate on the measure.
John King gets reaction from Sen. Sherrod Brown on the new tax deal framework that President Obama announced.
The metaphorical ink is still barely dry on the long, flowery press release President Obama sent out last Friday reacting to the drastic budget cuts proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that he appointed.
Top senators from both parties indicated Sunday that a deal was likely soon on temporarily extending Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, along with unemployment benefits that have expired.
It's pledge week for the GOP when it comes to so-called "wasteful" spending.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will back a ban on controversial spending items.
The GOP caucus in the Senate agreed Tuesday night to ban earmarks, a policy House Republicans already have in place and are expected to keep in the new Congress.
The top Democratic and Republican Senate leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress.
Newly elected members of the House of Representatives arrive in Washington for orientation.
CNN's Candy Crowley talks to two high-profile Republican governors about the future of health care reform, post-midterm election.
A post-mortem Sunday of the mid-term elections provided little evidence that Democrats and Republicans will work together to address major issues such as deficit reduction any better than they have in recent years.
I'm going to get personal here. On the day that health care reform passed its final vote in the House, I posted on my blog a comment titled "Waterloo."
One wish of many Republicans and conservative voters seems certain to come true in the aftermath of the midterm congressional elections. There won't be any more sweeping reform legislation like the 2,000-plus page health care bill for a while.
Sen. Mitch McConnell says the results of the midterm elections prove voters are unhappy with Democratic leadership.
Republicans wrested control of the House from President Barack Obama and the Democrats this week, and their next goal is to take the White House, their leader in the Senate said Thursday.
Newly emboldened by his party's gains, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell left no doubt about his first priority in the next Senate: repealing the health care law and getting a Republican in the White House.
The Senate will vote Thursday on whether to take up a hot-button campaign finance reform bill.
Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell complained he mocked him while the latter was delivering a speech opposing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
The top-ranking Senate Republican refused Sunday to rule out a filibuster against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
A Suffolk University law professor says the planned legal challenge to the health reform law will fail.
Sure, Democrats in Congress passed a sweeping health care reform bill, and President Obama signed it into law, but that by no means ends the issue for Election Day 2010.
Rand Paul, a first time political candidate and beloved figure among Tea Party activists, captured the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul discusses the November midterm elections with CNN's John King.
When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell decided last week to portray the Democratic version of financial regulation as a Wall Street "bailout," it seemed like a brilliant, albeit cynical, political move.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses his problems with the current Wall Street reform bill.
Congress appeared headed for a major partisan showdown over financial regulation reform, with Senate Republicans reiterating their opposition Sunday to a bill that Democrats say will prevent another Wall Street meltdown like the one that precipitated the U.S. recession.
Deputy political director Paul Steinhauser looks at new CNN polls ahead of Thursday's health care summit.
The day before the White House's bipartisan summit on health care reform, there didn't appear to be much mood for compromise on Capitol Hill.
President Obama and top congressional leaders from both parties expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that they can reach agreement on a new jobs bill.
Sen. Mitch McConnell talks about jobs, the deficit, and the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
No decision has been made on whether to change the current plan to hold the September 11 terrorist attack trial in a civilian court in lower Manhattan, White House officials said Sunday.
Amid conflicting and heated rhetoric, a political pragmatism began to emerge Sunday as senators prepared for a debate on a sweeping Democratic health care bill.
Senate Democrats managed to move forward on a health reform proposal with no votes to spare. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast Democrats for setting a start date on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.
Leading Senate Republicans indicated Sunday that a filibuster on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely, though they also promised not to shy away from what they characterized as a troubling judicial record.
Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Amy Klobuchar debate a possible filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor.
The search for a Supreme Court nominee has been trimmed to about half a dozen candidates by top White House officials, and an announcement may come by month's end, two sources close to the selection process tell CNN.
In that strange intersection of economics and politics, there is a new fashion: Trillion is the new billion.
CNN's Christine Romans speaks to a math expert to break down how big a trillion dollars is.
Despite crushing defeats in the last two elections, Senate Republicans have new "energy and enthusiasm" for winning back the majority, according to their leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Top congressional Republicans cautioned Democrats not to rush through a massive stimulus package that lawmakers hope to send to President-elect Barack Obama shortly after he takes office next month.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on new poll regarding the struggling U.S. economy.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has joined other top Republicans in calling for convicted Sen. Ted Stevens to resign.
Republicans on Wednesday pressured congressional Democrats for a vote to lift a ban on offshore drilling before Congress begins its summer recess.
Now 67 and living in northeastern Kentucky, the man who played Billy Bear in "48 Hours" and was killed by an alien in "Predator" admits his action-movie days are behind him
Though lawmakers have vowed to confront the deepening mortgage crisis, Senate leaders are locked in a procedural stalemate over how to take up a homeowner relief bill.
The Senate immigration compromise was effectively killed Thursday, failing to pass a critical procedural hurdle.
Here are some facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting.
The Senate should wrap up work on a sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration laws before July 4, but its odds of passage remain uncertain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday.
Senate Republicans used a procedural maneuver Monday to keep Democratic leaders from moving forward with a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq.
Top GOP leaders said Wednesday they oppose the release of hundreds of fresh images showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, saying they could compromise the prosecution of those soldiers implicated in the acts and further inflame tensions in Iraq.
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