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Democrats yank gun bill off Senate floor

3:23 pm Apr. 18, 2013

A day after the U.S. Senate rejected a series of gun control plans backed by President Obama, Democratic leaders decided to put that work on hold and move on to other legislation, unable to muster enough votes to push gun plans past Republican opposition. “This debate is not over,” said …

A real gun on the U.S. Senate floor

11:15 pm Apr. 17, 2013

As the Senate on Wednesday rejected a series of gun control plans by President Obama, the votes took place 163 years to the day that a real gun was pulled out during a debate related to slavery, throwing the floor of the Senate into disarray and making headlines around the …

Gun control efforts stymied in U.S. Senate

9:48 pm Apr. 17, 2013

While Congressional Democrats talked Wednesday about how they would keep trying to push gun control legislation through the U.S. Congress, work on a Senate gun bill could soon be abandoned, after the Senate rejected a series of plans from President Obama to combat gun violence. “This was a pretty shameful …

Senators introduce immigration reform bill

6:52 am Apr. 17, 2013

After months of negotiation, a bipartisan group of eight Senators has formally introduced immigration reform legislation in the Senate, titled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  It weighs in at 844 pages. The full text of the bill was posted early this morning by the office of Sen. …

Senate sets showdown votes on gun bill

9:54 pm Apr. 16, 2013

With the future of a Democratic gun control bill in doubt, Senate leaders set votes for Wednesday afternoon on a series of high profile gun restrictions, as backers struggled to salvage a bipartisan plan designed to expand background checks on gun sales over the internet and at gun shows. “It’s …

Looking for clues on Boston bombings

3:30 pm Apr. 16, 2013

Official Washington, D.C. had no immediate answers on Tuesday for who or what group might have been behind the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, as lawmakers refused to speculate on those responsible, while President Obama again vowed to track down the culprits. “This was a heinous …

President Obama’s statement on Boston bombings

6:49 pm Apr. 15, 2013

President Obama spoke to the nation on the bombings at the Boston Marathon, vowing that the United States would find those responsible – “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.” Here is the full text of the President’s statement as provided by the White …

Text of Manchin-Toomey background checks amendment

8:04 am Apr. 13, 2013

As the U.S. Senate gets ready for debate on a gun control bill from Democrats, the first amendment up for discussion will be a deal on expanded gun sales background checks from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).    The Senate last Thursday voted 68-31 to force …

Senate takes first step on gun bill

12:35 pm Apr. 11, 2013

On a vote of 68-31, the U.S. Senate moved to start formal debate on a Democratic gun control bill, as 16 Republicans joined with all but two Democrats to begin floor action on gun control. “The hard work is starting now,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, after Democrats had …

Revenue plans in the 2014 Obama budget

11:02 pm Apr. 10, 2013

As the White House leaked out information about the 2014 budget plan from President Obama, the figure of $580 billion in “net” tax hikes caught my attention – and sure enough, when the plan was released on Wednesday, it was clear that much more than $580 billion in new revenues …