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Senate sends $1.1 trillion spending bill to Obama

Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
Jan 17 2014 - 11:07am

WASHINGTON -- Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1.1 trillion spending bill that eases sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1.After three years of politically bruising and economically damaging battles over the budget, the bipartisan...

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Senate moves budget bill along

The Associated Press
Dec 17 2013 - 11:50am

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.

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Hatch: Budget deal the "best we could hope for"

Ed O'Keefe, Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
Dec 17 2013 - 9:40am

WASHINGTON -- Despite a concerted attack by conservative advocacy groups, a bipartisan deal to roll back sharp spending cuts known as the sequester appeared on track to clear the Senate after a growing number of Republicans declared their support for the measure.On Monday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Johnny Isakson (Ga.) added their names to a...

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Senate political divide may widen in 2014

Reid Wilson, The Washington Post
Dec 16 2013 - 9:03am

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan budget compromise that passed the House by a wide margin last week has inspired House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to blast outside conservative groups that he said were using Republican members of Congress for their own gain. It has inspired kind words between the two legislators -- Senate Budget Committee Chairman...

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Senate’s GOP incumbents face unprecedented opposition from tea party

Paul Kane, The Washington Post
Dec 11 2013 - 9:21am

WASHINGTON -- More than half of Senate Republicans facing re-election next year face potentially viable tea party challenges -- a historically large threat to the GOP establishment that could, once again, kill the party's chances of taking back control of the chamber.A surprise challenge to Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 GOP leader, emerged at the...

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Senators clash over how to deal with military sex assaults

Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post
Nov 21 2013 - 9:13am

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., stood on the Senate floor for hours Wednesday dominating a debate over how the Pentagon should manage sexual assault and rape in the ranks.

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Senate passes gay rights bill with Hatch backing

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., center, speaks at a news conference as the Senate made a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation's quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. From left to right are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The enthusiasm of the bill's supporters was tempered by the reality that the Republican-led House, where conservatives have a firm grip on the agenda, is unlikely to even vote on it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Donna Cassata, The Associated Press
Nov 7 2013 - 3:21pm

WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation's quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage.

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