November 21, 2013 The change makes it much harder for Republicans to filibuster many of President Obama's nominees.
September 25, 2013 After a dramatic night, senators voted unanimously to move ahead. Democrats control the Senate. They plan to strip a House bill of a provision that defunds Obamcare. The Senate would then send the bill back to the House, setting up another cliff-hanger that could end with a government shutdown.
July 18, 2013 After striking a bipartisan deal to move nominations forward, the Senate has now filled four top posts.
July 15, 2013 Lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he'll change Senate rules to make filibusters harder unless Republicans agree to vote on stalled nominations.
April 11, 2013 Supporters rounded up more than enough votes to block a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the package. The legislation appears headed for a vote sometime next week.
January 3, 2013 The Ohio Republican will again hold the top post in the House. He challenged House members Thursday to come to their jobs humbled. "If you have come here to see your name in lights or to pass off political victory as some accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place," Boehner said.