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July 23, 2015

GOP Seeking Venues to Attack Planned Parenthood

Tillis (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tillis drafted an amendment that could effectively block the VA from funding Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans want the debate over federal funding of Planned Parenthood to take place everywhere.

As expected, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has filed an amendment to the vehicle for the highway bill that would block taxpayer dollars from flowing to the organization in the aftermath of controversial videos that critics said showed the organization was engaging in improper organ harvesting after abortions.

“The continued disregard and disrespect for human life at Planned Parenthood, a partially taxpayer-funded organization, is shocking and appalling,” Paul said in a statement Wednesday.

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July 16, 2015

Senators: Congress Should Precede U.N. on Iran Nuclear Deal (Updated)

Corker wants to preserve Congress' ability to block the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Corker wants to preserve Congress’ ability to block the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama has been criticized repeatedly by his detractors for a perceived reluctance to work with Congress, and Thursday was no different.

After Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a visit to the Capitol to meet with a bipartisan group of senators and discuss the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Bob Corker expressed concern that the president was going to the U.N. Security Council to lobby support before Congress votes on the deal. Full story

By Cameron Easley Posted at 3:03 p.m.
Iran, Republicans

July 15, 2015

Cruz, Lee Promise Highway Bill Traffic Jam Over Ex-Im Bank

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz and Lee are ready to gum up the works. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If senators want to revive the Export-Import Bank as part of the upcoming highway bill debate, they’re going to have to do it the hard way.

That was one key takeaway from GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah at a news conference with other conservative lawmakers and members of outside groups that oppose the government-credit agency.

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July 9, 2015

Paul Demands End to Sanctuary Cities

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul is calling for federal action to prevent so-called sanctuary cities from harboring “dangerous” undocumented immigrants.

The Kentucky Republican announced on Thursday that he would introduce legislation requiring local law enforcement to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the event of arresting an undocumented immigrant, and detain the individual if directed to do so by federal officials. Compliance will be tied to the locality’s eligibility for federal law enforcement grants. Full story

July 8, 2015

Tim Scott Looks to Build Bridges

Gowdy, Huckabee and Scott share the stage for the first of Scott's presidential candidate town halls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Gowdy, Huckabee and Scott share the stage for the first of Scott’s presidential candidate town halls, with a poster of Abraham Lincoln behind them. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

ANDERSON, S.C. — Tim Scott stands comfortably on the podium engaging the crowd of 300 folks, nearly all white, for the first in a town hall series introducing presidential candidates to the state’s voters. These are his people.


South Carolina’s junior senator cites Bible verses, cracks jokes and sings the praises of both Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican whom he calls his best friend in Congress (and teasing him about his hair), and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is running for the GOP nomination for president. Full story

July 7, 2015

Senators Running for President Defend the Filibuster

Cruz and Rubio are among those who oppose eliminating the filibuster to repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz and Rubio are among those who oppose eliminating the filibuster to repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If using the nuclear option to repeal Obamacare becomes a GOP litmus test, then the Republican senators running for president will have a problem.

Both Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt some variation of no way, no how to the idea of ending the 60-vote threshold for filibusters of legislation.

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June 24, 2015

NRSC Chairman Evolves on Mississippi Flag (Updated)

Wicker has changed his stance on his state's flag. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wicker has changed his stance on his state’s flag. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:20 a.m. | GOP Sen. Roger Wicker now says his home state of Mississippi should change its flag.

“After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is more unifying to all Mississippians,” Wicker said in a statement. Full story

June 23, 2015

Senators Unveil 6-Year Transportation Bill

Inhofe chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Inhofe chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have unveiled a new six-year surface transportation reauthorization costing more than a quarter-trillion dollars, but it’s still unclear how the Senate would pay for it.

The bill would place a new priority on funding streams for off-system bridges as well as a new grant program for projects of strategic and national significance. According to summary materials obtained by CQ Roll Call, it would provide for increased focus on backlogs related to the Interstate Highway System and the National Highway System. Full story

Cruz: Kill Ex-Im Before Voting for Trade Promotion Authority

Ted Cruz announced his bid for president at Liberty University. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz has imposed new conditions on voting for the trade legislation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The effort to get “fast-track” trade authority for President Barack Obama has lost the support of one of the Republicans who could benefit from the powers if he became president in 2017.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Tuesday the process by which the Trade Promotion Authority measure advanced through the House meant he could not support it without new assurances about winding down the authorization for the Export-Import Bank, claiming Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, must have made some kind of backroom deal with Democrats about the bank.

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June 2, 2015

McConnell Goes Down Swinging, Hard, on Freedom Act (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress are frequently told to hold their noses and vote for something, to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was having none of that Tuesday.

Minutes before being rebuked by the chamber, which shot down his preferred amendments to the USA Freedom Act and then overwhelmingly passed it, 67-32, the Kentucky Republican went to great lengths to spell out just how bad a bill it was. Full story

May 27, 2015

Rand Paul Blasts Critics in the ‘Eye Roll’ Caucus (Video)

Paul hit back at his critics in a missive to campaign supporters Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul hit back at his critics Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


In his latest fundraising message, Sen. Rand Paul is calling out an “eye roll” caucus of senators who are against his efforts to upend Patriot Act surveillance programs.

“If I’m going to slug it out Sunday with the spy state apologists, I’m going to need all the help and support I can get,” the Kentucky Republican wrote Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it seems the President, the senior senator from Arizona and other members of the ‘eye roll’ caucus who can’t stand any mention of the Bill of Rights are all operating out of the same playbook.”

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May 14, 2015

Mr. Cruz? Mr. Cruz? Presidential Contenders’ Missed Votes Pile Up

Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call Graphic

Ryan Kelly/CQ Roll Call Graphic

At least five senators are running, or thinking about running, for president. That means absences in the Senate are piling up. Full story

May 11, 2015

Senators See Bipartisan Momentum for Criminal Justice Overhaul

Proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system are piling up in Grassley's committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system are piling up in Grassley’s committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators’ plans for an overhaul of the criminal justice system are piling up in the Judiciary Committee — and the latest spate of officer-involved tragedies could give them a boost.

While many bills touching all aspects of criminal justice sit idly by, recent movement in the committee shows change could be coming. One bill seeks to review the entire criminal justice system, while another approved last month addresses recidivism; and a subcommittee is set to review body cameras for police officers.

But even as senators speak of change and bills pop up in the hopper, America can expect a slower, more measured response from the Senate.

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April 14, 2015

A Busy and Bipartisan Tuesday

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For all the talk of the death of bipartisanship, Tuesday’s busy legislative day in the Senate provided quite the counter-argument.

A little more than a day after returning from a two-week recess, the legislative dam burst, with senators making significant headway on sticky issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, a replacement for the payment formula for doctors who treat Medicare patients and possibly even the confirmation process for Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general. Full story

Watch Live: Senate Committee Debates Iran Nuclear Framework

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets Tuesday to mark up Sen. Bob Corker’s legislation creating a 60-day congressional review period of any nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the United States and five other countries.  Full story

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