The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans while rejecting a Republican alternative to continue all of the cuts -- twin votes that help to crystallize the position of the two parties on a critical issue heading into the fall campaign.
The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to tighten sanctions on Iran on Monday, three days after a dispute over whether to include the threat of American force stalled the legislation.
The U.S. government is the largest financial entity in the world. Nothing else comes close.
The U.S. Senate voted to renew a law designed to combat domestic abuse Thursday after Republicans stepped back from what was becoming a politically risky fight over some of the expansions they oppose .
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.
The Senate tables the Blunt amendment, 51-48, opposing the bill designed to limit a woman's choice with contraception.
The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have prevented a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling, putting an end to legislative debate on the politically contentious issue until after the November presidential election.
House Speaker John Boehner says the payroll tax cut bill is now up to the president and Democrats.
At the end of another long and confusing day of political wrangling over extending the payroll tax cut, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked a question on everybody's mind.
House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed a temporary extension of a payroll tax cut, saying the two-month plan passed by the Senate "is just kicking the can down the road."
On Erin Burnett OutFront, Sen. John Thune announced a deal that extends payroll tax cuts for two months.
The Treasury Department announced Friday it was delaying the release of a report on exchange rates that often contains subtle criticism of China's currency policies.
The Senate is expected to pass a bill on Tuesday that targets China's undervalued currency -- long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.
The Senate approved a bill on Thursday to target China's undervalued currency -- long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.
The Senate is taking a swipe at China's undervalued currency -- long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.
The U.S. Senate went on summer recess Tuesday night without taking action to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration, all but assuring that almost 4,000 furloughed FAA workers will remain jobless for the next five weeks and preventing the agency from collecting $1.2 billion in aviation taxes.
On a mostly party-line vote, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic measure to strip major oil companies of about $20 billion in tax subsidies over the next 10 years and use the savings to pay down the deficit.
The new nuclear arms control pact with Russia cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday as the Senate voted to cut off debate on the measure.
The U.S. Senate found Federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana guilty on four articles of impeachment on Wednesday, which will remove him from the federal bench.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday will begin deciding whether to oust a federal judge, G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Louisiana, who was impeached by the House earlier this year on corruption charges.
Led by Jon Kyl of Arizona, a group of nuclear dinosaurs in the U.S. Senate is trying to block a clear path to a safer, healthier world. That path is the New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which significantly reduces America and Russia's nuclear weapons stockpiles and provides a sound protocol for verifying compliance.
The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.
With the Senate set to begin its lame-duck session Monday, the Obama administration is telling members it's time for them to vote on the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia.
Over the past few months, newspapers, websites and cable news programs have implied 2010 would be a year of remarkable progress for women in politics.
Watch as the three Florida Senate candidates debate changing your positions on the issues.
John Boyd drives his tractor to the White House and Capitol Hill calling for payout in a minority discrimination case.
Beginning Thursday, the head of the National Black Farmers Association will ride a tractor to Capitol Hill to press Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.
The U.S. Senate on Monday started the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. -- the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Food-safety advocates and survivors of food-borne illness called Wednesday for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that has been in limbo since last year.
The head of the National Black Farmers Association renewed his call Tuesday for Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.
The U.S. Senate failed Thursday to approve nearly $5 billion for a settlement between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers reached more than a decade ago, prompting finger pointing by members of both parties and outrage among many black farmers.
The U.S. Senate approved $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border on Thursday, on the eve of the Senate's summer recess and ahead of an election season in which immigration and border security are shaping up as major issues.
Colleagues of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia mourned his death as family and friends planned his funeral.
The U.S. Senate engaged in a heated debate Thursday on an issue at the heart of the fight over energy reform: whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have the authority to impose clear limits on the emission of greenhouse gases.
The House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday to impeach Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, making him the nation's 15th federal judge ever impeached.
Top Democrats tore into one of their Republican counterparts Monday for blocking an extension of unemployment benefits that would provide assistance to millions of jobless Americans.
The fate of a consumer financial protection agency was thrown in doubt Friday, as the Senate Banking Committee chief said he planned to push a bill forward without Republican support.
The president's first State of the Union speech was an attempt to rev up his troops and convince the country he can lead them to the promised land.
The victory by Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat, observers have noted, will make or break the health care reform bill in Congress.
Despite knowing Senate Democrats will lose their filibuster-proof majority after Tuesday night's political upset in Massachusetts, House Democrats across the political spectrum largely rejected the idea of passing the Senate health care bill.
2010 has opened on an unsettling note for Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
The Democratic health care proposal being debated in the Senate not only contains large new taxes, enormous government expansion and huge spending, but I'm convinced it also seeks to allow federal funding for abortion -- something 61 percent of Americans do not support, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey.
The congressional health care debate stalled briefly Wednesday as Senate Republicans insisted that a 767-page mega-amendment be read out loud in its entirety.
The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved $447 billion in spending for several Cabinet departments and other agencies for the 2010 budget year -- money needed to fund the federal government after the coming week.
The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved $447 billion in spending for several Cabinet departments and other agencies for the 2010 budget year -- money needed to fund the federal government after this week.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Reps are celebrating, but is the health care bill "dead on arrival" in the U.S. Senate.
The Senate is about to embark on what could be the showdown of the year as top Democrats work to push through sweeping health care legislation.
Narrow passage of a sweeping health care bill by the House of Representatives portends a continuing difficult fight for President Obama and fellow Democrats to get a bill through the Senate and into law.
CNN's Don Lemon talks with political panel on the House healthcare reform vote and what's next.
Richard Nixon had been president for less than two days, I was 21 and visiting Washington for the first time, and I decided that I'd like to see what the United States Senate looked like when it was in session.
A bill that increases the power of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products cleared the Senate on Thursday.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he would not run for re-election next year and instead will seek the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Mel Martinez.
Barack Obama's presidential transition, already disrupted by the sudden withdrawal of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, may face another challenge in the confirmation hearings of his pick for attorney general.
The man tapped by Illinois' embattled governor to fill an open U.S. Senate seat will be turned away if he arrives for Tuesday's inauguration of new members, according to two Democratic aides.
The U.S. Senate is considered the most exclusive legislative body in the country, and members of its majority say they will not accept Roland Burris -- tapped by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill a vacant seat -- into their own.
Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris talks to CNN about filling Barack Obama's Senate seat.
Former President Bill Clinton has no interest in replacing his wife in the U.S. Senate, his spokesman said, adding any speculation that he would be interested is "completely false."
Now is the time for a new beginning. And how it is approached may well turn on the often overlooked fact that both the president-elect and the vice president-elect are products of the U. S. Senate.
Democrats have gained a decisive majority in the U.S. Senate, according to CNN projections, and are still aiming to acquire a filibuster-proof 60 seats.
The United States Senate is where sweeping change goes to die, but what happens when one party skips away from Election Day holding at least 56 seats?
As millions head to the polls Tuesday, history will be made. Either Barack Obama will become the first African-American president, or Sarah Palin will become the first female vice president.
CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on the Democrats' hunt for 60 seats in the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday by 74 votes to 25 to approve a $700 billion economic bailout plan. The proposals would allow Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to buy "toxic debts" from banking institutions to allow them to resume borrowing normally. But the plan still requires approval in the House of Representatives, which rejected a previous version of the bill on Monday.
Asian and Pacific stock markets dropped Thursday despite the U.S. Senate's approval of a modified $700 billion bank rescue plan intended to bolster the ailing financial system.
Asian and Pacific stock markets dropped in early trading Thursday as the U.S. Senate approved a $700 billion bailout package for Wall Street.
McCain and Obama's loony reappearance in the Senate last week got a doctor thinking: Do we really need employees we don't miss when they're not around?
The "Lion of the Senate" vows to be there for Barak Obama's inauguration
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
An influential coalition of Fortune 500 companies and environmental groups that was formed to support climate-change legislation has splintered over the Lieberman-Warner bill that is headed next week to the Senate floor.
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to beef up the federal agency that is charged with the safety of consumer products.
GOP lawmakers successfully blocked a Democratic supported $205 billion economic stimulus plan. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.
The U.S. Senate was called to order for 11 seconds on Wednesday as the last political scuffle of the year between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress played out.
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The Senate, working on a massive energy bill, approved a compromise Thursday that would raise vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, for the first time in 30 years, to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.
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There are times when reason carries the mind no further, when the mind is carried from the rational across the penumbra of the absurd. That is where the leadership of the U.S. Senate now resides.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are set to take action on legislation that could determine the financial and social fate of nearly every American for the next 20 years.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly passed a $2.8 trillion election-year budget that would continue a string of huge deficits while also rejecting some of President George W. Bush's domestic spending priorities.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee lambasted President Bush and congressional Republicans on Saturday for finding "time for special interests, but not an extra day or an hour for our troops."
The Senate, fresh from a compromise on judicial nominees, is set to test whether that same bipartisan spirit will extend to a broad energy bill, slated to go to the Senate Tuesday for debate.
The looming Senate showdown over filibustered judicial nominees has been averted by a bipartisan agreement that gives both sides some -- but not all -- of what they wanted.
Senators spar over tradition, and with one another, in a largely generational row over the filibuster
Mavericks have rights in the United States Senate. This week, they got something else -- the political Play of the Week.
Big business has been winning big in Washington this year -- including the biggest prize of all.
This White House doesn't fool around. Now the strengthened Republican majority in Congress is saying, "Neither do we."
While most eyes are focused on the White House, this election is also likely to herald major changes on Capitol Hill.
The chairman of the 9/11 commission told a Senate hearing Friday that the panel's proposals to restructure the intelligence community are only part of what is needed to improve security.
U.S. Senate hearings about national security reforms recommended by a commission report on the September 11, 2001, attacks were moved up to Friday, a Senate committee spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Efforts to pass a constitutional amendment that would effectively ban same-sex marriage failed in the Senate Wednesday afternoon, but supporters vowed to keep fighting for the measure.
The politically charged issue of same-sex marriage took center stage in the Senate on Monday as debate continued on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to forbid gay or lesbian couples from marrying.
A new milestone was reached Thursday in the U.S. Senate, when Sen. Robert Byrd -- already the record holder for casting the most ballots in the Senate -- voted for the 17,000th time.
Treasury prices rose Friday, boosted by a steep drop in a U.S. consumer sentiment reading and a safety bid spurred by brief evacuations of a New Jersey postal facility and two U.S. Senate office buildings.
Reports that a deadly poison was found in a U.S. Senate office building distracted investors early Tuesday, keeping stocks near the unchanged line, despite the release of some strong earnings reports.
The U.S. Senate's failure to pass a defense authorization bill in August is widely and properly viewed as a policy disaster. On the brighter side, the debate leading up to the disaster makes great ...
Between now and Nov. 6, the legislators running for re-election to Congress will be making self-serving campaign speeches, shaking hands, making self- serving campaign speeches, kissing babies, mak...
June 2: Complete gavel-to-gavel cable TV coverage of U.S. Senate floor debates will begin on a six-week trial basis. Early June: The Senate begins debate on tax reform (see Politics & Policy).
It is not much of a secret that the U.S. Senate is in serious trouble. Designed by the country's founders to be a parliamentary body of unique distinction, one in which fundamental questions would ...
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