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January 14, 2016

GOP Mull Budget Resolution to Set Up 2017

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., stands by the buses outside of the Rayburn House Office Building bound for the Joint Republican Issues Conference in Baltimore on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., stands by the buses outside of the Rayburn House Office Building bound for the Joint Republican Issues Conference in Baltimore on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE — With President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address in the rear view mirror, Republicans gathering at the Inner Harbor this week will have the 2016 elections on their minds.

And that includes how to best set up the GOP for the next year should elections go their way, up and down the ballot. Full story

December 3, 2015

Reid Calls the NRA a GOP ‘Quasi-Militant Wing’ (Updated)

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 2 - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in the basement of the U.S. Capitol before heading to the Senate floor for a vote in Washington, Tuesday, December 1, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Reid speaks with Schumer before heading to the Senate floor for a vote on Tuesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:46 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid lashed out on the National Rifle Association on Thursday as he served notice Democrats would push gun violence amendments during the Senate vote-a-rama on a budget bill.

“Now, there was a time in my legislative career that I tried to work with the National Rifle Association, but the NRA today is a far cry from [the] sportsmen’s organization that I once supported,” the Nevada Democrat said. “The NRA once called mandatory background checks ‘reasonable.’ That’s what they said. I’m not making this up.”

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December 2, 2015

As San Bernardino Shooting Unfolds, Reid Pushes Guns Measure (Updated)

Armed Sheriff's department personel man a roadblock at Waterman Street near the site of a shooting took place on December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. One or more gunman opened fire inside a building in San Bernardino in California, with reports of 20 victims at a center that provides services for the disabled. Police were still hunting for the shooter, saying one to three possible suspects were involved. Heavily armed SWAT teams, firefighters and ambulances swarmed the scene, located about an hour east of Los Angeles, as police warned residents away.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

News outlets were reporting that at least 14 people had been killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 10:29 a.m. | Following Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the Democrats will call for “a few” votes on gun-related amendments to the budget reconciliation bill during Thursday’s session.

Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to call for the amendments.

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November 30, 2015

Senate GOP Not Deterred on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, runs to the Senate floor to vote. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lee said he was encouraged by the emerging reconciliation measure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s all systems go for the Senate GOP’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood and upend the Affordable Care Act.

Republican senators emerged from a conference meeting Monday evening generally enthused by the effort to gut as much of the health care law as is feasible under the chamber’s budget reconciliation rules.

And last Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado did not change plans to also use the reconciliation bill to halt Medicaid funding for organizations that provide abortion services. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reiterated that Democrats would stand against such a course of action. Full story

Shooting Won’t Affect Planned Parenthood Defunding Effort

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, (center) is joining fellow Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas (right), in pushing leadership for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act through the reconciliation process. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio, left, and Cruz, right, will be on the presidential campaign trail Monday. They, along with Sen. Mike Lee, center, have said they are opposed to a House reconciliation bill. (Photo by Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s no reason to expect last week’s shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility will alter the Senate’s effort to block funding to the organization this week.

Republican leadership had long planned to include language blocking federal Medicaid and family planning dollars from flowing to health care organizations that provide abortions as part of a budget reconciliation package that also curtails the 2010 health care overhaul.  Senior Republican aides said there is no plan to change course.

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November 12, 2015

Does Obamacare Repeal Have a Senate Path Without the Mandates?

Cruz and Rubio are among those o. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz, Lee and Rubio have previously expressed concerns about a reconciliation bill that doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The search is on for 51 Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising questions about whether the House’s attempt to use the budget reconciliation process to do so will succeed.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both presidential candidates, and Sen. Mike Lee are on record that they “cannot support” a bill that doesn’t “fully repeal” the health care law. The offices of Cruz and Rubio referred CQ Roll Call back to a joint statement from three weeks ago when asked for a response to Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s ruling this week that Obamacare’s employer and individual mandates fail the test for inclusion in a reconciliation bill. Full story

November 9, 2015

Enzi, Sanders Mourn Passing of Budget Panel’s Top Clerk

Kamp, seen here distributing the president's fiscal 2015 budget request. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kamp, seen here during distribution of the president’s budget request. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Budget Committee is mourning the untimely death of one of its staffers, Adam Kamp.

Kamp, 30, had been the committee’s chief clerk since February 2014, and he was recognized by Chairman Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming for his contributions to shepherding the new GOP majority’s budget resolution through the legislative process.

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November 5, 2015

McCain to Democrats: Do You ‘Give a Damn’ About Servicemembers?

McCain ripped reports of a possible extension in the Iran nuclear deal deadline. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCain gave a biting floor speech about the blockade of the defense spending bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican defense policy leader in the Senate wondered aloud Thursday if Democrats “don’t give a damn” about military personnel.

During a stem-winding floor speech, Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., asked if his Democratic counterparts were blocking the defense spending bill debate not for procedural reasons — but because they don’t care. Full story

October 30, 2015

Reid: Democrats Would Stop a Rider-Riddled Omnibus

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Reid was interviewed in his Capitol office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:24 a.m. | Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are prepared to unite again and protect the Obama administration’s agenda in the December spending debate.

That was the message from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid as the bipartisan budget deal heads to the White House. The Nevada Democrat told CQ Roll Call he has some advice for House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and other appropriators about how to draft an omnibus.

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October 29, 2015

Senate Sends Budget Deal to Obama’s Desk (Video)

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Reid and Pelosi held an impromptu news conference after the House budget vote Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:22 a.m., Oct. 30 | The Senate sent to President Barack Obama a massive fiscal package early Friday morning that averts a U.S. debt default and raises spending caps.

The chamber worked into the wee hours of the morning as senators cleared a key procedural hurdle, 63-35, and then passed the sweeping budget deal in a 64-35 vote that also suspends the debt limit into 2017. Full story

Budget Deal’s Fate Looks Good in Senate

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Republican leaders, including Cornyn, right, walk Tuesday to meet the press. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:26 p.m. | Senators feel confident a two-year budget deal that also lifts the debt limit before the Nov. 3 deadline has the necessary support.

Leaders are looking at 1 a.m. early Friday for a cloture vote, but the exact time is still up in the air as senators negotiate a final agreement. Full story

Roberts, McConnell Announce Crop Insurance Fix

UNITED STATES - MAY 7: Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., listens to testimony during the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on child nutrition programs on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roberts joined GOP leaders on the floor to discuss crop insurance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:57 p.m. | Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts has assurances from his leadership to reverse crop insurance cutbacks in the budget and debt limit deal that’s currently on the Senate floor.

“This commitment is in reference to the obvious need to remedy the language adversely affected our nation’s farmers and ranchers now included in the bipartisan budget act,” the Kansas Republican said Thursday.

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October 28, 2015

With Little Suspense, Budget Deal Heads to the Senate

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McConnell has insisted the government won’t shut down. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:48 p.m. | The 2015 debt limit standoff is on track to end with a whimper.

Other than the days of speeches, it’s probably over. The Senate might not even have to work over the weekend. Full story

Crop Insurance Fix Likely Coming Down the Road

Cornyn says senators working to address crop insurance concerns.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cornyn says senators working to address crop insurance concerns. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


Updated 5:07 p.m. | Farm-state lawmakers have been assured by leaders that a provision in the bipartisan budget deal that would trim the federal crop insurance subsidy program will be replaced down the road, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman John Thune confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s an understanding that we will try and find a different offset. In the House, I think this thing is now pretty well put together, pretty well baked,” said Thune, also chair of the Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus. “So, I think what they send us is what we’ll vote on. But we do have another opportunity coming up, with the omnibus bill, to find another offset.”

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Paul Pledges Budget Deal Filibuster Ahead of Debate

Rand Paul arrives at the U.S. Capitol to block any Patriot Act extension Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul said he would filibuster the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The two-year budget deal heading to the House floor will make prime Republican presidential debate fodder Wednesday evening in Colorado.

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he intended to filibuster the bipartisan budget agreement that would also provide for a suspension of the debt limit.

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