Pat Toomey

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

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Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control. Wednesday’s vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms.

04/17/2013

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Gun background-check supporters struggle for votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate gun control supporters struggled Tuesday to salvage their drive to expand background checks to more buyers, buoyed by a visit from wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords but facing enough potential opponents to derail their endeavor.

04/16/2013

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Senators work on deal expanding background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers.

04/08/2013

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Cuts imminent, Senate Democrats, GOP stage votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Squabbling away the hours, the Senate swatted aside last-ditch plans to block $85 billion in broad-based federal spending reductions Thursday as Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the latest outbreak of gridlock.

02/28/2013

Joe Biden

Cliffhanger no more? House pushing to final vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weary lawmakers pushed at last toward a final vote on emergency legislation to avoid a national fiscal cliff in a New Year’s Night culmination of a struggle that tested divided government to the limit.

01/01/2013