United States Senate

This June 24, 2014, file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on his way to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber’s modest productivity this election season to a near halt. With control of the Senate at risk in November, […]

06/27/2014

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In solidarity, Senate women help female candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s 20 women are determined to swell their ranks this November. They’re providing campaign help to the female candidates from West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa and Oregon looking to smash a […]

01/22/2014

U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker talks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a supermarket, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Newark, N.J. A day earlier, Booker, who is the mayor of Newark, N.J., beat Republican Steve Lonegan during a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Booker to face adjustments as US senator

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With his election to the U.S. Senate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker faces the question of how he will translate to Washington his celebrity status, frequent travel and penchant for replying on […]

10/17/2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to reporters as he emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare." Cruz ended the marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama's health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

‘Cruz effect’ further empowering Texas grassroots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ted Cruz’s talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no hope of legislative success. It largely boiled down to political performance art in Washington. But for Texas politics, it could be […]

09/25/2013

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Senate OKs bill barring high-cost school bonds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation intended to prevent school districts from selling high-cost bonds that rack up massive interest costs and cannot be paid off until they mature. The […]

09/03/2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rubio reconnects with tea party activists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is renewing his outreach to tea party supporters and his advocacy for Republican causes as he struggles to repair his image as a conservative standard-bearer. The shift comes […]

07/23/2013

Jimmy Stewart as Jefferson Smith in scene from movie "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington." (AP Photo)

Senate filibusters rarely follow Hollywood script

WASHINGTON (AP) — Filibusters let minority parties tie the Senate in knots and send majority parties through the roof with frustration. But they seldom involve exhausted senators speaking endlessly on the chamber’s floor. Instead, filibusters, […]

07/15/2013

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Dem Rep. Markey wins US Senate election in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in a special election on Tuesday for the state’s U.S. Senate seat long held by John Kerry, a race that […]

06/25/2013

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Senate passage of immigration bill on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passage of historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions looks near-certain after the bill cleared a key hurdle with votes to spare. A final vote in the Senate on Thursday or […]

06/25/2013

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Next NRA leader: Members fighting ‘culture war’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The incoming president of the National Rifle Association is warning its members they are fighting a “culture war” that goes beyond gun rights. James Porter, currently the organization’s first vice president, […]

05/03/2013

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