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September 1, 2015

Chris Coons Ready to Stump for Biden in Iowa

Coons was enthusiastic about the possibility of a Biden presidential bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Coons was enthusiastic about the possibility of a Biden presidential bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

NEWARK, Del. — If Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., decides to run for president in 2016, Sen. Chris Coons is ready to hit the campaign trail.

“I enthusiastically would support the vice president if he were to run for president. I volunteered for him in Iowa in 2008 and would be honored to do it again,” Coons told CQ Roll Call. “I think he is our nation’s strongest voice for the middle class, and our most seasoned and senior leader in foreign policy and national security.”

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Iran Deal on the Verge of Senate Success (Updated) (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Update 2:36 p.m. | NEWARK, Del. — The Democratic senator who holds the seat long occupied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has put the Obama administration on the verge of victory on the Iran deal.

Sen. Chris Coons announced on the campus of the University of Delaware Tuesday that he would provide the 33rd vote against a resolution of disapproval for the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran. That puts the agreement one vote short of the number needed to sustain a presidential veto.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 2:15 p.m.
Democrats, Iraq

August 28, 2015

Tom Carper Brings Count of Iran Deal Supporters to 30

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speaks during the Senate Democrats' news conference to urge Speaker Boehner bring the fully funded DHS bill up for a vote in the House on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Carper announced his Iran deal support in a Delaware newspaper. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

And then there were 30.

Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., became the 30th member of the Senate Democratic caucus to endorse the Iran deal late Thursday night.

Carper made his endorsement of the international nuclear agreement with Iran about nuclear development in an opinion piece prepared for publication Friday in The News Journal of Delaware.

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August 26, 2015

Bernie Sanders Vs. the Media

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a town meeting at the White Mountain Chalet in Berlin, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic presidential candidate Sanders speaks during a town meeting Monday at the White Mountain Chalet in Berlin, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On tour here last week, Bernard Sanders, the unlikeliest of presidential candidate rock stars, played all his populist hits: “income inequality,” “Wall Street reform,” and “tax the rich.” Then the Vermont senator threw in his unique cover of an old campaign trail classic: “hatin’ on the media.”

As an estimated 2,700 fervent Sanders supporters looked on in a packed, humid South Carolina conference center, the 2016 Democratic hopeful talked — between screams of “I love you Bernie!” — about income inequality, health care, the untaxed rich, the wealthy political donor class, racial inequality, and yes, the media.

“The American people are sick and tired of establishment economics, they are sick and tired of establishment politics, and they are sick and tired of the establishment media,” Sanders said to cheers in both Columbia and Greenville.

With the media polling remarkably low in trustworthiness, it’s not surprising or even uncommon for a candidate to pick the “establishment” media as a foe.

Sanders made news earlier last week for bucking reporters’ questions in Iowa about Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton (“That’s the sport you guys like.”) and whether Sanders is a career politician, according to The New York Times.

In Sanders’ defense, sideshow stories permeate public discourse, such as the PPP poll showing an imaginary candidate named Deez Nuts polling at 9 percent in North Carolina, highlighting the trend the Sanders was decrying.

“Much of the corporate media will talk about everything else in the world except the issues facing ordinary Americans,” Sanders said.

Sanders railed against the media for not covering what cuts were made in the Republican-passed federal budget, although even a cursory search on sequestration would suggest otherwise.

Although there was an on-camera exclusive with C-SPAN following the gathering, Sanders did not make himself available to other reporters at either event.


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Sudanese Refugee Is Not Your Average Summer Intern

UNITED STATES - August 11: Mohy Omer, a Sudanese intern for the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-S.D., poses for a portrait in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Omer relocated to Fargo, S.D. in 2009 after growing up in Sudan. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Omer poses for a portrait in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Aug. 11. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

An “awesome” hug with the vice president, seeing the president at Nationals Park, attending a Champions of Change event at the White House — it was all packed into a Senate internship this summer and came just a few months after Mohy Omer, a refugee from Sudan, had become a U.S. citizen.

Now 27, Omer never dreamed about living in America, let alone the nation’s capital. He was placed in Fargo, N.D., in 2009 after fleeing his war-torn country. He didn’t know a soul or speak a lick of English. Full story

August 25, 2015

Patty Murray Joins in Supporting the Iran Deal

Could Murray help avert another government shutdown? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Murray has become the 29th Democratic Conference member to back the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The one member of the Senate Democratic leadership who had yet to announce a position on the Iran deal is supporting it.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday in a statement provided to CQ Roll Call ahead of release that she would be joining with Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois in lining up in favor of the international agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear development.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is the lone Democratic leader on the other side.

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August 19, 2015

Warner Looking to Support Gig Economy Workers

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

RICHMOND, Va. — Sen. Mark Warner continued his quest Tuesday to rewrite the social contract with those who occupy the ever-expanding “gig economy.”

With the proliferation of sharing businesses like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, more and more people are finding ways to earn extra income. But many are compelled to do it out of necessity and are left with nothing to fall back on if and when things go south. Full story

August 18, 2015

Rhode Island Senators Join Ranks of Iran Deal Supporters

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reed announced his support for the Iran deal on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hours after a Senate Democrat announced his opposition to the Iran deal, two more have come out in support.

Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse came together Tuesday to announce that they would support the agreement. Reed, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, is the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee.

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Winds Blowing Against Menendez as He Blasts Iran Deal

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As expected, Corker and Menendez are both opposing the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Robert Menendez surprised no one Tuesday when he became the second Democratic senator to oppose the Iran deal, but the momentum is clearly in favor of the deal among Democrats.

“Unlike President Obama’s characterization of those who have raised serious questions about the agreement, or who have opposed it, I did not vote for the war in Iraq, I opposed it, unlike the vice president and the secretary of State, who both supported it,” the New Jersey Democrat said. “My vote against the Iraq war was unpopular at the time, but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:58 p.m.
Democrats, Iran

Democrats to McConnell: Start Budget Talks Now

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Democrats want Republicans to agree to budget talks now rather than wait until a government shutdown showdown. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats have united to say Republican leaders should not wait until after Labor Day to get going on budget talks.

“With the existence of a clear and urgent deadline for action, we believe it would be unwise to wait until after the Congress returns from the August state work period — just 23 days before the end of the federal fiscal year — to begin talks on a path forward,” wrote the entire Democratic Conference in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “We cannot afford to wait, only to let delay and inaction bring us to the brink of another totally predictable and completely preventable crisis.”

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August 7, 2015

Cruz Calls on Schumer to Lead the Charge Against Iran Deal

Cruz called on Democrats to join Schumer in denouncing the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz called on Democrats to join Schumer in denouncing the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)




MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Amid a deluge of criticism from Obama administration allies for stepping forward and speaking against the international agreement with Iran regarding nuclear development, New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer is winning praise from unlikely quarters.

On Friday, Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz joined the list, applauding the No. 3 Democratic leader for his “bravery.” Full story

July 13, 2015

Senators Call for More From Feds on Medical Marijuana Research

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s high time to look closer at medical marijuana research, eight Democratic senators wrote in a letter sent Monday to several departments in the federal government.

Acknowledging that 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use and an additional 15 states allow cannabadiol  all without federal involvement  the senators argue that the federal government has an “opportunity and a responsibility to craft a sensible research and public health strategy that allows us to generate meaningful data and conclusions.” Full story

July 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton to Visit Senate Democrats at Lunch

Perhaps Sanders will have a question for Clinton at the Democrats' lunch? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Perhaps Sanders will have a question for Clinton at the Democrats’ lunch? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to attend the July 14 Senate Democratic caucus lunch, a senior Democratic aide told CQ Roll Call.

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July 9, 2015

Bill Nelson to Have Prostate Cancer Surgery

Don't "muzzle" scientists, Nelson begs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nelson plans to have surgery on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to undergo surgery on July 13, after an early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

“I’ve been blessed with good health, which has allowed me the great privilege of public service — and I look forward to continuing serving our country and Florida,” the Democratic lawmaker said in a statement.

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June 30, 2015

Support for Puerto Rican Bankruptcy Builds

Schumer, D-N.Y., talks with reporters after the Senate policy luncheons in the Capitol, May 5, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Copyright 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Schumer wants Congress to authorize Chapter 9 bankruptcy for Puerto Rico. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Puerto Rico’s slide toward Chapter 9 bankruptcy continues to gain momentum; Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday his intention to introduce legislation allowing such a move.

The New York Democrat, along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is bringing to the Senate the companion bill to the measure Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Democrat Pedro R. Pierluisi, introduced in the House. Full story

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