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A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Reid Calls Cornyn’s Immigration Amendment A ‘Poison Pill’

Senators prepared Monday for the first votes in the full Senate on a landmark immigration bill, readying amendments on contentious issues including border security, back taxes and health care coverage.

06/11/2013

File photo of the NRA's recent convention in Houston. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Senators Discuss Changing Background Checks Bill

Senators backing gun control are discussing ways to revise the defeated Senate background check bill to help win the votes they need to resuscitate the measure.

05/08/2013

File photo of a gun at an indoor firing range. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate Background Check Debate Starts Next Week

The first hurdle cleared with deceptive ease, the Senate turns to the heart of the battle over curbing gun violence next week when it considers a proposal to expand required federal background checks to gun shows and online firearms sales.

04/12/2013

File photo of President Barack Obama. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republicans Block Obama Nominee To Appeals Court

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying President Barack Obama a key judicial appointment.

03/06/2013

File photo of Sen. Bob Menendez. (credit: Getty Images)

Menendez’ Bill Could Have Aided Donor’s Investment

Sen. Robert Menendez sponsored legislation with incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions that would benefit the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic, an Associated Press investigation found.

03/04/2013

File photo of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Collins Says She’ll Oppose Hagel Confirmation

A moderate Republican senator said Wednesday she’ll oppose the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to become President Barack Obama’s secretary of defense, while other GOP senators signaled they may delay a floor vote on the nomination unless the White House provides more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

02/13/2013

File photo of former Sen. Chuck Hagel. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Panel Approves Pentagon Nominee Chuck Hagel

A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary.

02/12/2013

President Barack Obama spoke in Minneapolis today about gun control. (credit: Ben Garvin/Getty Images)

Obama Stands Firm On Gun Control Despite Long Odds

President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, though he conceded a tough road lay ahead to pass an assault weapons ban over formidable opposition in Congress.

02/04/2013

File photo of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (credit: MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Reid Denies Involvement In Utah Businessman’s Scheme To Disappear A Federal Investigation

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office says the senator was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay Reid to make a federal investigation disappear.

01/14/2013

President Barack Obama speaks during a holiday reception for the diplomatic corps on Dec. 19, 2012 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama ‘Modestly Optimistic’ About ‘Cliff’ Deal

After a late-hour meeting with top congressional leaders on the “fiscal cliff” seems to have led to progress, President Obama said he is “modestly optimistic” that a deal can be reached before Tuesday’s so-called “fiscal cliff” deadline.

12/28/2012

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