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Senate Passes ‘Cliff’ Deal, House to Vote

Senate Passes ‘Cliff’ Deal, House to Vote

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two hours after a midnight deadline for action, the Senate passed legislation early New Year’s Day to avert the so-called fiscal cliff with an overwhelming vote of 89-8. Senate passage set the stage for a final sho…

Tentative Deal Reached on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ But No House Vote Before Deadline

Tentative Deal Reached on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ But No House Vote Before Deadline

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The so-called “fiscal cliff” came Monday night — but now there is a specific deal on the table to try to soften it after the fact, according to congressional sources.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., s…

Graham Says No Debt Ceiling Increase Without Entitlement Reform

Graham Says No Debt Ceiling Increase Without Entitlement Reform

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), said Sunday he would vote no to raise the debt ceiling, if concessions to reform Social Security and Medicare were not made, despite a previous statement by Graham to sugges…

Ominous Senate Prayer: ‘Save Us From Self-inflicted Wounds’

Ominous Senate Prayer: ‘Save Us From Self-inflicted Wounds’

Photo Courtesy: Architect of the Capitol(NEW YORK) — The Senate opened its first session Sunday in the days between Christmas and New Years since 1962 with an ominous prayer, as Congress and President Obama scramble to come up with a deal to avoid the…

Obama Suggests Any ‘Cliff’ Deal Would Be Small

Obama Suggests Any ‘Cliff’ Deal Would Be Small

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With less than two days remaining for Congress to reach a budget agreement that would avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” President Obama on Sunday suggested that a small deal remains the best hope to…

Sen. Charles Schumer: More than 50-50 Chance of Reaching Fiscal Cliff Deal

Sen. Charles Schumer: More than 50-50 Chance of Reaching Fiscal Cliff Deal

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), called Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a fiscal cliff deal “embarrassing,” but said he believed there was a better than 50-50 chance of a compromise befo…

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, All Eyes Turn to the Senate

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, All Eyes Turn to the Senate

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — A fiscal-cliff fix went nowhere in the House. Now, the Senate will take its turn. With just three days before their end-of-the-year deadline, Congress and the White House are hurtling toward the so-called “fiscal…

GOP Weekly Address: Senator Roy Blunt Discusses Progress on Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

GOP Weekly Address: Senator Roy Blunt Discusses Progress on Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt highlighted the need for Republicans and Democrats to solve the fiscal cliff.“Divided government is a good time to solve hard problems—a…

White House Fiscal Cliff Summit Brings Hope for a Deal

White House Fiscal Cliff Summit Brings Hope for a Deal

The White House(WASHINGTON) — Washington brinkmanship appears to have created a last minute chance for the White House and Congress to agree on a plan to avoid sending the country over the fiscal cliff.President Obama emerged from a White House summit…

Rep. Ed Markey to Run for John Kerry’s Senate Seat

Rep. Ed Markey to Run for John Kerry’s Senate Seat

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Democratic Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts announced plans on Thursday to run in 2013 for the U.S. Senate seat from his state that is expected to be available in the wake of Democratic Sen. John Kerry&rs…

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced on Wednesday Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii — not Sen. Inouye’s first choice.On the day he died, the late senato…

Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Senate

Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Senate

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Those hoping the United States Senate may get a little less gray and a bit more celebrity-studded won’t be getting their Christmas miracle today.Despite speculation, Ben Affleck announced late Monday he would …

Sen. Michael Crapo Arrested on DUI Charge

Sen. Michael Crapo Arrested on DUI Charge

crapo.senate.gov(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) — Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Sunday after he allegedly ran a red light in Alexandria, Va., police said.The Idaho Republican was arrested without incident aft…

Sen. Michael Crapo Arrested on DUI Charge

Sen. Michael Crapo Arrested on DUI Charge

crapo.senate.gov(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) — Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Sunday after he allegedly ran a red light in Alexandria, Va., police said.The Idaho Republican was arrested without incident aft…

Fiscal Cliff Talks Gridlocked, President and Congress Walk Away

Fiscal Cliff Talks Gridlocked, President and Congress Walk Away

Edward Linsmier/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) — The first family arrived in the president’s idyllic home state of Hawaii this weekend to celebrate the holidays, but President Obama, who along with Michelle will pay tribute Sunday to the late Sen. Daniel Ino…

Senators Stop Work To Watch "Lincoln" with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

Senators Stop Work To Watch "Lincoln" with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Grab the popcorn: It’s movie night in the Senate.The Senate has taken an official recess from floor debate for a few hours to screen the movie Lincoln in the Capitol Visitors Center within the Capitol complex.Appea…

Senators to Screen "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg

Senators to Screen "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg

David James, SMPSP©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC(WASHINGTON) — As lawmakers struggle to solve the fiscal cliff, they’re set for a movie night Wednesday night in the Senate.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,will meet with the c…

SC Governor Names Tim Scott to Replace Jim DeMint in Senate

SC Governor Names Tim Scott to Replace Jim DeMint in Senate

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Tim Scott will be the first African American senator from the South since Reconstruction, following South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement on Monday.Haley named Scott, a Tea Party Republican congress…

Senate Democrats Plead for Gun Control Debate in Wake of Newtown Shootings

Senate Democrats Plead for Gun Control Debate in Wake of Newtown Shootings

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Senate floor Monday was filled with Democrats calling for a renewed debate on gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Sen. Menendez, D-N.J., called for Newtown to be the “turn…

SC Governor Nikki Haley to Name Jim DeMint Replacement in Senate

SC Governor Nikki Haley to Name Jim DeMint Replacement in Senate

Renee Ittner-McManus(WASHINGTON) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name a new member of the Senate Monday afternoon, according to her spokesman, Rob Godfrey.”.@NikkiHaley will announce an appointment to fill the vacancy created by @JimDeMint’s re…

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