Sen. Charles Grassley on Friday stepped up his dispute with the White House over Operation Fast and Furious, as three of his Judiciary Committee investigators were provided to bolster Grassley's claim that President Barack Obama's spokesman was wrong Thursday about the fight over documents.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
A House subcommittee subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security on Friday for the names of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who were arrested by local authorities during the past three years but whom federal immigration officials declined to take into custody.
The Maryland House of Delegates decided Friday not to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, a sign that the measure did not have majority support within the overwhelmingly Democratic legislative body.
Since November 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder has promised that the alleged 9/11 suspects would be prosecuted.
House Republicans are holding hearings this week on legislation to restrict federal support for abortion, a move that has little support in the Democratic-controlled Senate or White House, but is of enormous importance to the GOP's socially conservative base.
CNN's Dana Bash reports on a new bill that aims to redefine certain abortion rights.
Killing legislation that would enable the government to shut down websites accused of piracy was a top priority for many technology trade groups Wednesday.
Senators are expected to continue floor debate Wednesday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Senators began floor debate Tuesday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, with Republicans mustering little desire to delay a final vote. The 50-year-old solicitor general is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice on Thursday, and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for a week at the request of the panel's ranking Republican.
Leading senators on the Judiciary Committee signaled a contentious hearing starting Monday on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, with some Republicans saying a GOP filibuster was possible.
After decades of inaction, lawmakers are finally closing in on a sweeping overhaul of America's antiquated, underfunded and extremely broken patent process. The popular move could help spur much-needed innovation and job creation -- but first, it has to get through a Senate logjam.
Top Senate Democrats called Tuesday for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's corporate liability laws in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, arguing that companies currently have little incentive to make safety and environmental concerns a top priority.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on June 28, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, announced Wednesday.
CNN's Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears on whether the process to replace Justice Stevens will be messy or partisan.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee lashed out at Senate Republicans on Tuesday for holding up confirmation votes on President Obama's judicial nominees.
As reaction mounted to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement that he will retire from the high court this summer, members of both parties drew lines over the upcoming battle to replace him.
CNN's Mark Preston says Justice John Paul Stevens retirement gives the President to make his mark on the Supreme Court.
'Tis the season of peace on Earth and good will toward men. Yet you wouldn't know it from the screed from the conservative radio talk show host who recently charged into the immigration debate with gums flapping.
The New Jersey Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
The full Senate began deliberations Tuesday afternoon on the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.
Two key Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Friday, a further sign the party's conservative base is uniting against President Obama's first high court pick.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its confirmation vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor by one week, acceding to GOP demands for more time to examine the U.S. Supreme Court nominee's record.
After weeks of meeting senators and preparing for tough questions, Sonia Sotomayor on Monday begins the formal hearings on her nomination to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor has quit her membership in a women's club, the New York-based Belizean Grove.
An all-women's club that counts Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor among its members does not "discriminate on the basis of sex," she told senators.
An American citizen can't sponsor her British partner because citizenship rights don't extend to same-sex couples.
Jared was forced to choose between a dying father and the love of his life.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor continued making the rounds on Capitol Hill Wednesday, meeting several additional U.S. senators who will help decide whether she becomes the country's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
As Judge Sonia Sotomayor prepares to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, her lifetime of diligence and speed reading will now be crucial to help her navigate the next phase of her nomination.
The longest-serving Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee told CNN Radio on Thursday that, barring any surprises, Sonia Sotomayor is headed for a Supreme Court confirmation.
Turning a federal judge -- even one like Sonia Sotomayor, who has gone through Senate confirmation hearings before -- into a Supreme Court nominee ready for prime time takes a lot of preparation, mock hearings and coaching.
When Sonia Sotomayor won Senate confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1998, all 29 "no" votes were cast by Republicans.
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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman called Wednesday for the establishment of a nonpartisan "commission of inquiry" to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against former Bush administration officials in their prosecution of the war on terrorism.
I have been a congressman for 35 days.
New rules on FBI investigations of national security cases should be delayed, top Senate Judiciary Committee members said Monday
Stocks looked set for a lower open Wednesday as crude prices shot to a new record above $130 a barrel.
U.S. stocks looked set to rebound Wednesday from the previous session's selloff, even as crude prices soared to a new record.
The CEOs of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines defended their proposed $3.1 billion merger before House and Senate committees Thursday, addressing lawmakers' concerns that the deal would stifle competition in the airline industry or result in massive job losses.
In prepared remarks he plans to give to Congress Wednesday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey avoids addressing a topic that was the central subject of his confirmation hearing -- whether he considers "waterboarding" a form of torture.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted largely along party lines Thursday to tighten supervision of the government's electronic surveillance program despite a White House veto threat.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed on a strict party-line vote an update to the nation's electronic surveillance laws despite a veto threat from the attorney general.
After weeks of controversy over Michael Mukasey's views on waterboarding, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the former judge's nomination for attorney general.
The Senate Judiciary committee weighs the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey.
The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general was all but assured Friday when two key Democratic senators said they will vote in favor of the nominee despite questions about his views on "waterboarding" and the president's power to order electronic surveillance.
President Bush on Thursday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to move quickly to approve his nominee for attorney general, saying it's crucial to national security to fill the position.
Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey's evasive answers on torture raise concerns. CNN's Ed Henry reports
President Bush's pick for attorney general called the interrogation technique known as waterboarding a "repugnant" practice Tuesday, but again refused to say whether it violates U.S. laws banning torture.
A top GOP senator Wednesday warned that Michael Mukasey's nomination for attorney general is "at risk" because the retired federal judge refused to categorically declare that a controversial interrogation technique is torture.
A bill that would grant immunity to telecommunications companies helping out in a no-warrant eavesdropping program authorized by President Bush and reinstate some court oversight to surveillance was OK'd by a Senate panel Thursday.
The nomination of retired Judge Michael Mukasey for attorney general drew praise from Democrats and may help overcome some of the enmity left behind by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
President Bush announced Monday morning that he has chosen a former federal judge, Michael Mukasey, as attorney general.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has become a thorn in the Administration's side over Attorney General Gonzales. But is he more bark than bite?
The White House has invoked executive privilege to keep President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, from having to testify Thursday about the firings of at least eight U.S. attorneys.
With potential perjury accusations hanging over him, embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sent a letter to Senate leaders Wednesday acknowledging he "may have created confusion" in his previous testimony.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he's not satisfied with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' attempt to clarify his testimony about no-warrant surveillance.
A dispute within the Bush administration in 2004 over a secret surveillance program centered on data mining, not eavesdropping, a former government official told CNN Sunday.
FBI chief's wiretap concerns
FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress Thursday that the confrontation between then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in Ashcroft's hospital room in 2004 concerned a controversial surveillance program -- an apparent contradiction of Senate testimony given Tuesday by Gonzales.
White House: Dems don't want truth
The White House and Justice Department say what looks like a contradiction between testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller is nothing more than a confusion of terms.
President Bush on Thursday refused to comply with subpoenas sent by House and Senate committees requesting documents about the firing of several U.S. attorneys last year.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman issued a subpoena Wednesday to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in an attempt to get e-mails that President Bush's top political adviser sent regarding last year's firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
A Justice Department official will refuse to answer questions during a Senate committee hearing on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself, her lawyer said Monday.
Reversing a position it defended for more than a year, the Bush administration announced Wednesday that it has begun getting court approval before eavesdropping on the communications of suspected terrorists or their associates.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill to get rid of Big Pharma's payoffs to generic drugmakers that keep their low-cost drugs off the market, according to the committee chairman.
Still smarting from the rebuke they suffered in last week's elections, Republicans were split Sunday over whether ousting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld earlier might have kept their party in power.
The Senate began debate Monday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit the desecration of the American flag, the latest in a series of election-year votes pushed by the chamber's Republican leaders.
The Senate approved a wide-ranging overhaul of immigration laws Thursday, voting 62-36 to bolster security at the Mexican border and to grant many illegal immigrants a path toward citizenship.
The bipartisan "Gang of 14" senators met Wednesday on two of President Bush's judicial nominees, with members reserving judgment on one candidate and asking for a new hearing on the other.
Amid rising gas and oil prices, a leading Republican said on Sunday that the U.S. government should consider imposing a windfall tax on oil company profits.
As Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to force a procedural vote on a controversial immigration bill, the White House left the door open for support of a proposal that provides a legalization process for illegal immigrants.
The numbers tell the story -- one of conflicted values and little resolution.
The Senate opened an election-year debate on immigration on Wednesday, with Majority Leader Bill Frist saying he will oppose a controversial proposal to allow illegal immigrants to eventually work toward legal status.
Students and other immigration supporters rallied Tuesday against proposed restrictions they view as fundamentally un-American as debate swirled in Washington on how to overhaul immigration.
I cannot rid from my mind the name Alioto, Judge Samuel Alioto. That is the name of Judge Samuel Alito as pronounced by the delightful Sen. Edward Kennedy, or is it Eduardo Kennedino? No, it is simply Teddy, and he is as entertaining as any U.S. Senator since the days of the soused Southerners, who would tipple their way through the dreamy days on Capitol Hill, rousing themselves for histrionic oratory in the mid-afternoon and then slumping back into their seats, awaiting the late afternoon hour when they would all gather in one or another's chambers for a "restorative" -- then on to dinner.
The Senate Judiciary Committee won't vote on Judge Samuel Alito until next week, but it seems pretty clear he will be the next Supreme Court justice and will move the court to the right compared with the woman he's replacing, Sandra Day O'Connor. Well, why not?
Senators on the Judiciary Committee began questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Tuesday. Click on a topic for excerpts of his answers on key issues.
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, the first day of confirmation hearings.
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has been given the American Bar Association's highest rating for professional stature and integrity, an important political legal barometer, as he prepares for confirmation hearings next week.
Following are brief statements Thursday in reaction to the withdrawal of Harriet Miers as President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court:
A government watchdog is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate at least 13 occasions of alleged improper use of FBI surveillance, including searches and seizures of e-mail and bank records.
Remarkably little is known about Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts, other than the bare bones of his resume.
Three members of the Senate's "Gang of 14" are downplaying the possibility of a Democratic filibuster to block the nomination of Judge John Roberts Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Although he named no nominees, President Bush on Saturday urged senators to "rise above partisanship" in the confirmation process of any new Supreme Court justice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor.
After three days of passionate debate over one of President Bush's controversial judicial nominees, Senate Republicans on Friday called for a procedural vote early next week to cut off debate.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease but intends to continue working during treatment, his office announced Wednesday.
This White House doesn't fool around. Now the strengthened Republican majority in Congress is saying, "Neither do we."
As Congress got back to work this week after a summer break, legislative proposals to ban gay marriage and to revamp the nation's security appartus dominated headlines.
Video of U.S. forces quelling disturbances at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility were shown to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy said.
The top federal prosecutor in New York will lead an investigation into whether computer files of Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats were accessed improperly, the panel's leading Democrat said Monday.
Reading over the testimony of Mary Frances Berry before the Senate Judiciary Committee the other day, one felt that ''Only in America'' was still reasonably safe. In recent times one has often worr...
Based on knowledge and belief and a certain amount of off-the-record interviewing, we would aver that the Bush Administration is less ecstatic about the new hate-crimes law than it pretends to be. ...
A BRAWL IS BREWING in the Senate as beer wholesalers once again roll out a bill making it easier for them to get exclusive distribution rights within their territories. Soft-drink bottlers got just...
In which your correspondent, for some reason he cannot remember, continues to sit here asking questions to which answers would be superfluous at best: ) How come Teddy Kennedy kept such a low profi...
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