February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fifteen GOP senators called on President Obama to withdraw Chuck Hagel's nomination to lead the Pentagon, even as support from another Republican increased the likelihood he will be confirmed when Congress returns from recess next week. In a letter to the White House, senators warned it would be unprecedented for such a controversial choice to be installed at the Defense Department. “Over the last half-century, no Secretary of Defense has been confirmed and taken office with more than three senators voting against him,” the group, led by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas)
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans vowed Thursday to block a final vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary until after next week's Presidents Day recess, arguing Democrats were unnecessarily rushing a vote on a controversial choice. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has nonetheless called for a vote Thursday afternoon seeking to end the what he called a GOP filibuster - a vote that will likely fall short of the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed. But several key Republicans pledged to support moving forward with a final confirmation vote when the Senate returns on Feb. 25, saying the 10-day delay would allow more senators to study Hagel's full record and allow remaining concerns to be satisfied.
May 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The political battle over President Obama's plan to keep student loan interest rates from skyrocketing escalated as Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal to tax wealthier earners to pay for it. Republicans stopped the effort with a filibuster, even as some in the GOP view this as a politically risky move at a time when middle-class families continue to struggle to afford college. Rates for 7 million new undergraduate student loans are set to double to 6.8% on July 1 if Congress fails to act. The vote was 52-45, failing to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome the GOP filibuster.
December 7, 2011 |
Republicans blocked a vote on President Obama's pick for a seat on the crucial federal appeals court in Washington, dealing the White House a setback as it continues to struggle to fill judicial vacancies across the nation. The Senate GOP filibustered the nomination of Caitlin Halligan, a New York lawyer who had won praise from some conservatives. Republicans said they were concerned about Halligan's record on gun rights and terrorism detainee issues. All but one — Alaska's Lisa Murkowski — voted to prevent her nomination from going to the floor for a final vote, where the judge could have been approved by a simple majority.
December 15, 2010 |
After stumbling last week, the effort to end the policy banning gay troops from serving openly in the military received a boost Wednesday, as the House approved a measure repealing the policy in an effort to force the Senate to do the same before lawmakers go home for the holidays. The House vote on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy -- essentially a repeat of a similar vote in May -- puts fresh pressure on the Senate leaders to prioritize the repeal as they struggle to schedule votes on a handful of last-chance priorities for Democrats.
September 15, 2010 |
The Senate on Tuesday advanced the Obama administration's aid package for small business but failed to relieve millions of companies from onerous new tax filings, accelerating the election year debate over which party is most responsible for gridlock in Washington and lost jobs on Main Street. Two Republicans joined Democrats in the vote to move the bill, which includes a $30-billion loan fund and other tax breaks for small businesses. But lawmakers could not reach agreement on a way to spare small businesses from a new requirement to notify the Internal Revenue Service of every purchase of goods worth more than $600.