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A trio of the Senate’s Republican presidential candidates put their names on a letter also signed by a majority of the conference asking for a new inquiry into fetal tissue research.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spearheaded the letter to Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson with 34 other Senate Republicans, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, both fellow presidential hopefuls. The request, sent Tuesday, stems from a series of videos pertaining to Planned Parenthood.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer is “not optimistic” about getting a big deal on international taxes to fund a robust highway bill.
The New York Democrat, who is No. 3 in caucus leadership, has been working with House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio to find revenue from an overhaul of international taxation that could fund a surface transportation bill.
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker was arm-in-arm with the widow of a one-time political rival, Frank R. Lautenberg, Tuesday morning outside the Capitol.
Booker and Bonnie Lautenberg were on hand to tout the bipartisan agreement on a toxic substances and chemical safety overhaul spearheaded by Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., a coalition including Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma.
Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that Congress should look into the world of online fantasy sports betting, following a New York Times report of employees of sites betting with information not generally available to the public.
“Some of the owners of those programs know what is going on with their competitors so they can make a lot of money, and that’s what they’ve done,” the Nevada Democrat said. “It should also be a warning shot to everybody: Online gaming is a real scary thing and we’d better look at all of it.” Full story
When it comes to veterans issues, a seemingly unlikely partnership is emerging in the Senate between Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown and freshman Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
Tillis and Brown have already introduced a trio of bills related to education and vocational training for veterans, including those fresh out of the armed forces. The most recent measure, filed last week, would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to put together an action plan to improve rehabilitation services so disabled veterans can receive enhanced job training. Full story
With opposition on the left gaining momentum, the Senate will consider this week the conference report for the annual defense authorization measure.
Democrats haven’t said they’d filibuster, but the White House last week issued a veto threat, only 37 Democrats supported the measure in the House, and the Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., refused to sign off on the conference report. Full story
Updated 5:26 p.m. | Before free trade supporters get too exuberant about the outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, they might want to listen to the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Utah Republican Orrin G. Hatch told CQ Roll Call Monday he is “leaning against” supporting the deal, particularly over the exclusion of tobacco from certain protections.
“Although I don’t support tobacco at all, I still think it was essential,” Hatch said. “It’ll cost us some votes. And every vote is essential. And there are other things I am very concerned about. I’ve committed to read the bill, and I will read it, but right now I’m leaning against it.” Full story
Sen. Ted Cruz wants anyone who wants to be the next speaker of the House to roll back health care contributions under Obamacare for lawmakers.
“I’ll tell ya, a very strong thing the next speaker could do is tee up and vote at the outset on repealing the congressional exemption from Obamacare. That’s something career politicians don’t want to do, but that would be a strong opening action for a new Republican speaker to say we’re going to listen to the men and women who elected us,” the Texas GOP presidential candidate said on Sean Hannity’s radio program.
Whenever the Senate gets around to debating an overhaul of a toxic substance law, there will be 60 votes. But getting to the point of floor consideration has been complicated by the lack of a reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., announced their intent to sign on as co-sponsors of the agreement Friday, bringing the total number to 60, according to Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, the lead Democrat on the bill spearheaded on the Republican side by Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter.
North Carolina’s Senate delegation has renewed warnings over a proposal to leave the U.S. tobacco industry unprotected in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and one member is warning he could muster the votes to derail the proposed agreement.
It would take only a simple majority to pass legislation approving of any final TPP deal through the Senate, thanks to the revival of Trade Promotion Authority earlier this year, a measure that was the result of common ground between President Barack Obama and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Cory Booker stood on a platform with eight other senators, holding back his desire to hug them all.
The New Jersey Democrat was gushing with joy as he and many members of the Judiciary Committee announced a major overhaul to the criminal justice system, particularly on sentencing and recidivism reduction. Full story
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to introduce a criminal justice overhaul Thursday morning, according to sources.
Details for the long-awaited bill — expected to be supported by a broad coalition of diverse interests — are hard to come by from the tight-lipped alliance. One of the main hangups, reportedly, has been crafting statutory language over sentencing provisions, which are expected to give judges flexibility to adjudicate around mandatory minimums in some instances.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants to hear directly from Secretary of State John Kerry about the situation in Syria, as Russia has begun to conduct airstrikes.
Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker is inviting Kerry to testify next week, though the State Department has not confirmed he will appear before the committee he chaired as a senator from Massachusetts. Full story
None of the Republicans running for president voted Wednesday for a “clean” continuing resolution, which will fund the government beyond the midnight end to the fiscal year.
In all, 20 Republican senators voted against the measure, which passed the Senate 78-20. Among them were presidential candidates Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, while Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina did not vote. Full story
For a government funding vote that lagged until fiscal New Year’s Eve, this one was a snoozer.
Senators voted 78-20 to send to the House a measure that would keep the discretionary spigot open through Dec. 11, with the hope that Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill will be able to cut a budget deal with the White House. Full story