Jeff Merkley

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reflecting Americans’ increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote […]

11/07/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, follows Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after blaming conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. Senate passage of the spending bill — stripped of the "Obamacare" provision — was expected no later than Saturday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate seeks to reverse law on engineered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles. The law, passed as part […]

09/27/2013

Senate facilities workers make up beds on Capitol Hill in preparation for all-night floor debates. (AP Photo)

Top senators reach deal to curb filibusters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s senior Democrat and Republican reached agreement Thursday to impose modest limits on the filibuster, the delaying tactics that minority parties have long used to kill legislation.

01/24/2013

Senate backs quick withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has voted to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

The 62-33 vote on Thursday reflected the nation’s war-weariness after more than a decade of fighting.

11/29/2012

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