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September 30, 2015

Senate Sends House Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

UNITED STATES - September 29: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to a question during a news conference following the weekly Senate Democrats' policy lunch in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

McConnell is poised to deliver on his “no shutdown” promise. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

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

September 29, 2015

Mitch McConnell Is No John Boehner

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to bow to the outside calls for his resignation. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/File Photo)

McConnell is now the target of ire on the right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/File Photo)

Despite the anti-Mitch McConnell chatter on talk radio and elsewhere, don’t look for the Senate majority leader to fold like John A. Boehner — at least not for the foreseeable future. The Kentucky Republican is holding quite a few more cards than his counterpart in the House.

The calls for McConnell to step down have come hard and fast since Boehner, R-Ohio, announced last week his own intentions to lay down his gavel.

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September 28, 2015

Cruz Slams Boehner for Not Leaving Immediately

Cruz, R-Texas, answers questions on his opinion on the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner at the Values Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington D.C., Friday, September 25, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner should lead the Democrats, Cruz says. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner Monday for sticking around for a month after the Ohio Republican announced his intent to resign.

The Republican presidential candidate from Texas was rebuffed by his colleagues from even getting the show of 11 hands needed for a sufficient second of a motion for a roll call vote on a process that would set up an amendment to the “clean” continuing resolution on defunding Planned Parenthood and the international nuclear agreement with Iran.

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Senate Acts to Avert Shutdown, More Funding Votes to Come

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has so far made good on his assertion that the government will not shutdown (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell has so far made good on his assertion that the government will not shut down. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate moved one step closer Monday night to keeping the government from temporarily shutting down by clearing a procedural hurdle, 77-19.

Monday’s action sets up a vote for final passage sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, absent a time agreement. But legislators need to act fast to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year. Full story

September 25, 2015

Boehner Exit Puts More Pressure on McConnell (Video)

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 10: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, participate in the ceremony to sign H.R.203, the "Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act." in the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McConnell and Boehner have been longtime partners across the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Grace under pressure. Country and institution before self,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday, describing his impressions of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

McConnell will need plenty of that himself in the weeks and months ahead. With Boehner announcing his plan to resign at the end of October, the Kentucky Republican will be the focus of conservative criticism of Republicans in Washington.

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September 24, 2015

Cruz Dusts Off 2013 Shutdown Standoff Script

Cruz arrives in the Capitol basement on July 29. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz is setting up to blame Democrats for a shutdown. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“If Republican leadership actually tried to win, we would vote on one bill after another funding specific parts of the federal government.”

That’s what Sen. Ted Cruz wrote Wednesday in an opinion piece, but it could have just as easily been a line from this time two years ago, when the federal government shut down.

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September 22, 2015

Collins Warns House Against Amending a Clean CR

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Collins says there won’t be time for the House to amend a clean CR. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Susan Collins does not want the House meddling with a clean stopgap spending bill that the Senate will inevitably need to pass.

Officially, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t announced the plan for when Democrats filibuster the continuing resolution that also blocks funding for Planned Parenthood, but there will be just a few days to advance a bill that President Barack Obama might actually sign into law to avoid a government shutdown.

And Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday after the weekly conference lunch that Republicans across the Rotunda should see the writing on the wall.

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September 18, 2015

McConnell Faces More Calls for ‘Nuclear Option’ in Senate

UNITED STATES - MARCH 6: Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, R-Texas, makes his case for funding of his committee during the House Administration Committee hearing on "Committee Funding for the 113th Congress" on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Smith and other House Republicans are pressuring McConnell to change Senate rules. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s repeated ill-fated efforts to break filibusters of legislation to reject or impose conditions on the Iran deal have had an unusual side effect.

House Republicans, sick of being blamed for the gridlock in Congress and tired of passing bills that never get to President Barack Obama’s desk, have begun to direct their ire onto an unusual target: the Kentucky Republican.

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September 17, 2015

Kelly Ayotte Fights Ted Cruz on Planned Parenthood Strategy

Ayotte was critical of Cruz during the 2013 government shutdown. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ayotte was critical of Cruz during the 2013 government shutdown. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top Republican statewide office-holder in the first in the nation primary state has some questions for Sen. Ted Cruz about his plan to block federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

“Given the challenges and threats we face at home and abroad, I oppose risking a government shutdown, particularly when it appears there is no chance of achieving a successful result,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., wrote to the GOP presidential hopeful from Texas. “Nevertheless, as I understand it, you have been circulating a letter to our colleagues asking them to oppose any government funding bill that continues to authorize funding for Planned Parenthood.”

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Foreign Relations Leaders Still Question Human Trafficking Report

Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, and Ranking Member Ben Cardin, D-Md., met with State Department officials and the full Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Corker, left, and Cardin met Thursday with State Department officials and the full Foreign Relations Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The State Department still has some explaining to do after a closed briefing Thursday with Senate Foreign Relations Committee members over allegations that a report vital to several administration initiatives was watered down for political purposes.

Committee members have cried politics since July when the annual Trafficking in Persons report was released. After Thursday’s briefing, senators called for more transparency in the process that saw Malaysia and Cuba upgraded from the lowest ranking in terms of human-trafficking conditions. Full story

Susan Collins Casts 6,000th Consecutive Vote (Video)

UNITED STATES - MARCH 25: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with reporters as she arrives in the Capitol for a vote on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Collins never misses a vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1 p.m. | Sen. Susan Collins’ impressive Senate vote streak hit a new marker Thursday.

The Republican from Maine cast her 6,000th consecutive roll call vote on the second vote of the day.

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September 16, 2015

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Gold King Mine Spill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds an oversight hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency and its response to the Aug. 5 waste water spill at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

September 11, 2015

Rubio to GOP Leaders: Use ‘Everything’ to Stop Iran Deal (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio is criticizing GOP leaders for their handling of the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio says Iran deal opponents should be prepared to “fall on the sword” to thwart the proposed nuclear agreement, and the Florida Republican is faulting leadership in his own party for not responding in ways that could do so.

“Quite frankly, you have the Republican leadership in some cases saying let’s treat this like any other bill. This is not just any other bill,” the Florida Republican and 2016 presidential candidate said Friday, one day after a debate-limiting cloture vote on a disapproval measure failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate.

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September 8, 2015

Can Incumbents Replicate Trump’s Outsider Success?

Richard M. Burr is paying close attention to Trump's recent success. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Burr is paying close attention to Trump’s recent success. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. — As the GOP establishment, the media and just about everyone else tries to wrap their minds around the success and seeming invincibility of Donald Trump, Sen. Richard M. Burr is paying close attention.

The Trump effect — which includes the success of Dr. Ben Carson and probably Carly Fiorina as well — is something for members to ignore at their own peril, with 24 Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 and congressional disapproval in the 60s, Full story

August 31, 2015

McConnell Expects to Cut Budget Deal, Avert Shutdown (Video)

Immigration reform is dead in this Congress, per McConnell. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell expects government-funding talks with the administration will begin after Labor Day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that funding the government is the top challenge facing him when he returns to the Capitol next week.

The Kentucky Republican said he would work with the White House to come up with budget levels to keep the government open past Sept. 30, conceding that President Barack Obama won’t sign a measure with a rider defunding Planned Parenthood.

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