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Nov 7, 2013

U.S. Senate passes bill to ban discrimination against gay workers

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
Representatives.

Nov 6, 2013

U.S. Republican Senator Paul making changes to avoid charges of plagiarism

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.

Nov 5, 2013

Gay-rights bill clears Senate Republican hurdle, House speaker opposes measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to ban workplace discrimination against gays narrowly cleared a Republican procedural roadblock in the Senate on Monday, just hours after the top Republican in Congress declared his opposition.

On a vote of 61-30, one more than the needed 60, the Democratic-led Senate agreed to begin consideration of the bipartisan bill, with passage likely by the end of this week.

Nov 4, 2013

Boehner opposes landmark U.S. gay-rights bill, dimming its chances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Monday opposed a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, dimming the chances of the White House-backed measure becoming law.

“The speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

Oct 31, 2013

Senate Republicans block key Obama court nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee to a key federal appeals court, charging that he was trying to “pack the court” to win favorable rulings.

On a nearly party-line vote of 55-38, five short of the needed 60, Obama’s Democrats failed to end a Republican procedural roadblock against Patricia Millett, a Harvard-trained lawyer who worked for both Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican President George W. Bush.

Oct 31, 2013

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker sworn in as U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats welcomed a new colleague to the U.S. Senate on Thursday, newly elected Cory Booker, and the additional vote Booker gives them in the Senate.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to Booker, 44, elected this month as the first black senator from New Jersey. He resigned this week as mayor of Newark, the state’s largest city.

Oct 29, 2013

Senate confirms Obama labor board nominee

By Thomas Ferraro and Kevin Drawbaugh

(Reuters) – A divided Senate on Tuesday confirmed a former union lawyer picked by President Barack Obama to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board.

With Obama’s Democrats rejecting Republican fears that Richard Griffin would bring an unfair labor bias to the board, the Senate approved him as the NLRB’s general counsel on a mostly party-line vote of 55-44.

Oct 29, 2013

Obama nominee for labor board clears Senate Republican hurdle

By Thomas Ferraro and Kevin Drawbaugh

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pick of a former union lawyer to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board narrowly cleared a Republican procedural hurdle on Tuesday and headed toward near-certain confirmation.

The vote to end debate on the nomination of Richard Griffin was 62-37, two more than the needed 60. It was not immediately clear when the Senate confirmation vote would be held, but it could be later in the day.

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. Senate passes deal to end debt crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was expected to take up the measure later on Wednesday after Speaker John Boehner dropped the party’s efforts to link the spending measure to changes in President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. Senate passes 11th-hour deal to end debt crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world’s biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was expected to take up the measure later on Wednesday after Speaker John Boehner dropped the party’s efforts to link the spending measure to changes in President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

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      "Thomas Ferraro joined Reuters in 1998; he has helped cover a number of presidential campaigns and is a veteran of Capitol Hill where he has seen Democratic and Republican majorities rise and fall. He has also covered a number of Supreme Court confirmation battles, including those of four nominees now on the highest U.S. court."
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