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February 12, 2016

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February 9, 2016

GOP Senator Wants to Compel Reports on Iran-North Korea Ties


Perdue, left, wants to amend a North Korea sanctions bill authored by Gardner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Perdue, left, wants to amend a North Korea sanctions bill authored by Gardner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Republican senator wants to compel the Obama administration to tell Congress what it knows about ties between North Korea and Iran.

“It’s undeniable that Iran and North Korea have been cooperating on nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development for years now. Iranians have reportedly been present for at least three of North Korea’s nuclear tests,” Sen. David Perdue said in a statement provided to Roll Call.

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Flint Aid Negotiations Continue as Time Runs Out


Peters, left, and Stabenow, right, have been pushing for aid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Peters, left, and Stabenow, right, have been pushing for aid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers and Senate staffers worked through the weekend to find a way to provide aid to Flint, Mich., and move forward on a bipartisan energy bill. But, as of Monday, negotiations were still ongoing.

Democrats stalled debate on the energy bill  last week after senators failed to agree on how to address the crisis in Flint, where corroded pipes have leached toxic levels of lead in the water supply. With the Senate set to consider a North Korea sanctions bill on Wednesday, negotiators are running out of time to reach an agreement. Full story

Kelly Ayotte Backs Draft Registration for Women


(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Having heard from top military officials, Sen. Kelly Ayotte is backing the idea of requiring women to register for the draft.

“After the hearing that we had the other day about women in combat, I support it. I think that we’ve opened up all the combat billets for women who can meet the qualifications of those billets, and therefore it makes sense that … women would also register for the Selective Service,” the New Hampshire Republican said.

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February 5, 2016

Marlow Cook: Mitch McConnell’s Political Pathfinder


Cook, who was elected in 1968, provided the electoral template for McConnell's path to the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cook, who was elected in 1968, provided the electoral template for McConnell’s path to the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shortly after he got the news that former Sen. Marlow Cook, R-Ky., had died, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor about the man who showed him the political blueprint to success in Washington.

“Marlow Cook gave me my first real opportunity in politics, gave me a chance to be a state youth chairman in his successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1968,” McConnell said. “He also gave me an important opportunity in government. He won his election, and I came to Washington with him, and I was what they called the chief legislative assistant. I think the term we use now is legislative director.”

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February 4, 2016

Democrats Had a Lot of GOP Help on Energy Bill Vote


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 9: Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, talk before the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cornyn, right, blamed Democrats for the impasse, but several of his GOP colleagues, such as Lee, left, voted to sustain a filibuster on the energy bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn was mad, and he knew just whom to blame: Democrats, who were insisting on an emergency aid package for the city of Flint, Mich., to address its poisoned water system. But the truth, as it often is, was a little more complicated.

As his colleagues voted down a move to cut off debate on a bipartisan energy bill Thursday, the Texas Republican trained his sights on the other side of the aisle.

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February 3, 2016

Rubio’s Senate Backers Seek to Sway More Colleagues


Daines is among the senators who campaigned for Rubio in Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Daines is among the senators who campaigned for Rubio in Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Republican Marco Rubio’s strong third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses could accelerate his bid to secure Senate endorsements for his presidential campaign, supporters said Tuesday.

Rubio’s campaign told Roll Call that in the aftermath of the showing in Iowa, aides have had conversations with many members of the House and Senate about endorsements.

In addition, the aide said that what was described as a handful of additional endorsements should be expected in the days ahead, with the message being that Rubio is best equipped to defeat Clinton in November.

One Senate Republican, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, announced his support for Rubio on Tuesday, bringing the candidate’s congressional endorsement total to five senators and 23 House members. Beyond the endorsements, several senators traveled to Iowa in the past few days to campaign for Rubio.

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January 27, 2016

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic


Ayotte holds a heroin epidemic roundtable discussion at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia , N.H., on Aug. 26, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ayotte holds a heroin epidemic roundtable discussion at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia , N.H., on Aug. 26, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and other officials are among the witnesses expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m.

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January 21, 2016

Graham on Cruz v. Trump: Like Being ‘Shot or Poisoned’


UNITED STATES - September 8: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks with reporters following a luncheon, as he strengthens his opposition against the Iran nuclear agreement, at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, September 8, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Sen. Lindsey Graham sees it, making a binary choice between real estate mogul Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nominee is like picking between being “shot or poisoned.”

“You get the same result,” the South Carolina Republican said Friday of the difference between the leading GOP contenders. To Graham, who already gave up on his own presidential bid, either of the candidates  loses to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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January 19, 2016

Today’s Senate Roadblock Is Tomorrow’s Safeguard


6/14/01.EDUCATION FINAL PASSAGE--Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., stand on the stage during a news conference on final passage of the education bill..CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PHOTO BY SCOTT J. FERRELL

Daschle, left, and Lott worked together well for years and think it’s not so far-fetched to overcome the current partisan atmosphere. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate has a reputation for being a slow-moving and conservative institution, but its recent political history is one of volatility: Since 1980, the party holding the majority has changed nine times and even had a 50-50 tie.

That might be one reason senators tend to tread carefully in considering changes to how the chamber votes, because today’s procedural roadblock can become tomorrow’s minority safeguard.

The issue is being hashed out both inside and out of the Senate. Full story

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

January 11, 2016

Paul Admits ‘Uphill Climb’ for ‘Audit the Fed’


Rand Paul was among the presidential candidates who came to Washington to cast votes against Planned Parenthood, participating in the Voters First candidate forum via remote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul is pushing his vote on auditing the Federal Reserve ahead of a GOP debate this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

He may be at risk of falling off the main presidential debate stage, but Sen. Rand Paul is at long last getting his colleagues to vote on his proposal to audit the Federal Reserve.

The Kentucky Republican said he tried and failed to get Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to schedule a vote on the central bank legislation back when the Democrats held the majority. When asked if he would ultimately like to wind down the Federal Reserve, Paul focused on the task at hand.

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January 6, 2016

Dan Coats Approaches Last Year One Speech at a Time


Coats highlights government waste in his weekly speeches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Coats highlights waste in his weekly speeches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Examining government spending can be mundane, but point out the government is paying for rabbit massages and people will start to pay attention.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., who has been making “Waste of the Week” speeches for nearly a year, said every three or four weeks he likes to throw in something “so ridiculous there’s just no way you can defend it.” Highlighting a National Institutes of Health study that examined exercise recovery by giving rabbits massages fit the bill. Full story

January 4, 2016

Rubio: ISIS Would’ve Lobbied for USA Freedom Act


UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 3: Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio, a presidential candidate, slammed the USA Freedom Act on Monday.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“If ISIS had lobbyists in Washington, they would have spent millions to support the anti-Intelligence law that was just passed with the help of some Republicans now running for president.”

That’s what Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Monday in a foreign policy speech of the surveillance overhaul that he’s long opposed, drawing a contrast with his Republican presidential rivals from the Senate. But the rhetoric against the USA Freedom Act has not led to concern by supporters of his White House bid who also backed — or even advocated for — to have concerns about Rubio or his message.

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December 28, 2015

A Senate Freedom Caucus? No Need


From left, Sens., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., arrive for the Senate Republican Steering Committee luncheon in the Capitol.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From left, Lee, Dean Heller and Sessions arrive for a Senate Republican Steering Committee lunch in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus has shown conservatives the far-right can have an impact on the legislative process. But don’t expect a similar group to spring up in the Senate; they already have one. Sort of. Full story

December 22, 2015

Senate Foreign Relations Lands New Policy Director


Corker named a new policy director. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Corker named a new policy director. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As 2015 comes to a close and national security remains a top issue, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signed on a new policy director with Capitol Hill experience.

Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced Tuesday that Chris Tuttle would be the committee’s new policy director. Tuttle had previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations. Full story

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