December 3, 2013 In terms of enacting laws, the current Congress is on course to be the least productive in modern times. Some House members think the lack of legislative activity is a positive development.
November 21, 2013 By changing the Senate rules to require a simple majority instead of a supermajority for most nominations, Democrats acted on a threat each party has aimed at the other for nearly a decade.
July 17, 2013 There's a bipartisan plan now from the Senate, The Associated Press reports. Loan rates doubled on July 1. Under the still-evolving deal, rates would go up much less. But they would rise in later years if the economy picks up.
June 3, 2013 The Democrat from New Jersey was the Senate's last World War II veteran. He had said earlier this year that he would not be seeking a sixth term.
April 25, 2013 The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports. The vote late Thursday was unanimous. The House could vote on the measure Friday.
February 18, 2013 The Republican senator is a two-term governor who ran for Senate in 2007. He was President Bush's agriculture secretary. His term ends in 2014.
December 1, 2012 Every student of Washington knows the Senate has become the definition of a legislative graveyard, in part because of the frequency with which the minority party invokes its right to filibuster legislation and nominations. The Senate majority leader may push to change that — which could make matters worse.
July 25, 2012 There will be votes today on Democratic and Republican plans regarding the Bush tax cuts. But neither will mean much since the House isn't likely to agree to anything the Democratic-controlled Senate does.
October 12, 2011 Chant after me: This is what gridlockracy looks like. It looks like a President Obama who can't get his latest stimulus package — the American Jobs Act — through Congress. On Wednesday the president repeated his threat to break the legislation down into smaller chunks to force Senate Republicans to cast a slew of "no" votes campaigning Democrats could against Republicans.
August 8, 2011 The death at age 89 of Mark Hatfield, the former U.S. senator from Oregon and moderate Republican who repeatedly challenged his party's orthodoxy, is a reminder of how hard it can be in American politics to think and act independently.
June 30, 2011 It won't take the traditional break after Independence Day, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced. The House was already scheduled to be at work.
May 17, 2011 Ryan's decision doesn't mean Democrats won't be able to nationalize the race. They just won't be able to use him as effectively to do it. They'll still be able to argue that Wisconsin is important nationally because of the slim majority Democrats hold in the U.S. Senate.
December 20, 2010 Senate farewell speeches show just how deep the ties of the departing senators are to the body. You can also hear the echo of the nation and the chamber's history in the speeches. Sen. Robert Bennett's was a special example; his father was a senator.
December 16, 2010 The 1,924-page bill collapsed of its own weight after an outcry from conservatives who said it was stuffed with earmarks and wrapped together 12 bills into a single foot-tall piece of legislation that Democrats had hoped to pass with little debate.
December 15, 2010 As if the nation's elected officials weren't busy enough in these frantic final days of the 111th Congress, now they're taking up time debating whether it's proper to do the peoples' business so close to Christmas.