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.
December 15, 2010 Watching journalists who think they've caught a politician in some hypocrisy can be a lot like watching a cat with a mouse. That was the case Wednesday when two GOP senators had to fend off reporters asking about their earmark requests.
December 2, 2010 House Democrats passed a symbolic middle-class tax cut extension which will likely be DOA in the Senate. Senate Republicans have insisted that Congress pass an extension that includes the wealthiest taxpayers, too.
November 30, 2010 Murray took a job other Senate Democrats declined because of having to defend 23 seats versus the nine seats the GOP will be defending. Murray just won her own close race
November 29, 2010 Sen. Kirk's arrival in the Senate means Democrats now need two Republican votes to advance bills. And those GOP votes have been hard to come by.
September 28, 2010 Republicans' chances for gaining control of the Senate appeared stronger based on new polling that showed GOP candidates either leading or tied in states that were thought to be safe for Democrats.
September 16, 2010 The Senate passed a small-business aid bill with $30 billion in loans and $12 billion in tax cuts.