WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to extend for 10 years
a ban against firearms that cannot be detected with metal
detectors or X-ray scanners.
On a voice vote, the Republican-led House sent the measure
to the Democratic-led Senate, which is expected to consider a
tougher alternative before likely approving it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, in a historic and bitterly fought rule change, stripped Republicans on Thursday of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees.
On a nearly party-line vote of 52-48, Democrats changed the Senate’s balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against presidential nominees, except those for U.S. Supreme Court judges.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is again threatening to change the rules to strip Republicans of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s nominees – and this time he may do it, perhaps as early as Thursday, aides said on Wednesday.
To prevail, Reid will need 51 votes in the 100-member Senate, which Obama’s Democrats hold, 55-45.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Janet Yellen picked up some more U.S. Senate support Wednesday on the eve of a vote in the Senate Banking Committee that is expected to approve her nomination to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Bob Corker, a Tennesee Republican and an influential member of the committee, declared his support Wednesday while three other Republicans indicated they were inclined to back her.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a fourth nominee by President Barack Obama to a District of Columbia appeals court, defying a threatened rule change by Democrats to strip them of their ability to stop such picks.
On a nearly party-line vote of 53-38, seven short of the needed 60, Democrats failed to end a Republican procedural hurdle known as a filibuster and move forward on the nomination Robert Wilkins.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the biggest U.S. business group, a traditional ally of Republicans, said on Thursday that he remains confident that the top Republican in Congress will push to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said he is not worried about House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to negotiate with the Senate on its sweeping bipartisan bill.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a third nominee by President Barack Obama to the same federal appeals court, prompting a renewed warning by Democrats of a possible rules change to end such procedural roadblocks.
“I think we are at the point where there will have to be a rules change,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The growing pressure on President Barack Obama to adjust his problem-plagued healthcare law seemed to boil over on Tuesday, as leaders of Obama’s Democratic Party called on him to allow a change in the law so that Americans who are happy with their health plans could keep them.
In what became the clearest sign yet of Democrats’ increasing anxiety over the troubled rollout of the healthcare law, former President Bill Clinton told the web magazine Ozymandias that Obama should support such a change to fulfill a promise he and his administration have made to Americans for years.
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S.
Senate, reflecting a major shift in the past decade in public
support of gay rights, passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to
outlaw discrimination against gay workers.
But the measure, which cleared the Senate 64-32, with 10
Republicans joining 52 Democrats and two independents in voting
“yes,” faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-led House of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seeking to stop accusations of plagiarism, Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite and potential 2016 White House contender, said on Tuesday that he and his staff have begun to more thoroughly check and footnote what they write.
A senior adviser, Doug Stafford, added that Paul had implemented “a new approval process” to “ensure proper citation and accountability in all collaborative works,” such as speeches and op-eds.