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September 29, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba
Sen. John McCain of Arizona led a delegation of Republican senators in Libya Thursday, where they met with its Transitional National Council, a Senate aide said. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, was traveling with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who also sits on the panel, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the aide said. Kirk, in a news release, said they were in Tripoli “to assess the situation and meet the new leaders of Libya.” He added: "It is clear that they are in the final stage of defeating Kadafi's army and as Libya recovers, we can look forward to a new ally and friend of the U.S. " "To accelerate the recovery of the country and relieve humanitarian pressure, the U.S. should replace the 'no-fly zone' with a 'pro-fly zone,' encouraging as much civilian commerce as possible.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Republican state Senators on Monday blocked a bill that would require more disclosure of those who contribute money through nonprofit groups to affect California elections, the first legislative setback for Democrats since they lost their supermajority two weeks ago. With all Republicans either voting against the bill or withholding a vote, the tally was 26 to 4, one vote short of the two-thirds majority to approve SB 27 as an urgency...
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November 27, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Under political pressure to take action on immigration reform, three Republican senators introduced an alternative version of the Dream Act on Tuesday that would give legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children. The effort, called the Achieve Act and launched by retiring senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and supported by Arizona senator John McCain, appears to be a push to take some of the heat off of Republicans on immigration.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) abruptly postponed Monday evening's planned vote on extending unemployment benefits after a Republican complained that proceeding would be unfair because weather-related airline delays had prevented as many as 17 senators from returning to Washington in time for the roll call. Though Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) challenged Reid's plan to hold the vote, Democratic leaders thought Republicans were bluffing. Many of the absent senators were Republicans from the South and Midwest.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - An afternoon meeting at the White House between President Obama and key Republican senators who are working on immigration reform ended on an upbeat note, with high hopes for legislation “sooner rather than later,” one of the lawmakers said. The president's overture to Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was the first in some time to his occasional opponents, and showed the emphasis Obama has put on making immigration reform a top priority.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2012 | By Richard Simon
California's recent surges in the price of gasoline have prompted calls in Congress for hearings into the causes. The top Republicans on two Senate committees, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, on Wednesday called on the Democratic leaders of their panels to hold a hearing as soon as next month when Congress returns for a post-election lame-duck session. The senators want to examine, among other things, what role regulation has played in price increases.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans boycotted a committee vote Thursday on President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, drawing accusations of obstructionism from Democrats. Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said McCarthy had not adequately responded to their requests for information, so they didn't show up for the scheduled vote. They want more information on how the EPA makes decisions on new regulations, how it has used private email to conduct public business, and other transparency issues.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - With budget talks in tatters and his top priorities tied up in the Senate, President Obama took his Republican opponents out to dinner Wednesday, part of a multi-step, multi-meal plan to thaw the chilly relations with Congress that threaten his second-term agenda. Obama and nearly a dozen GOP senators broke bread at the elegant Jefferson Hotel near the White House, a meeting the host and guests billed as another chance to revisit stalled negotiations over the nation's deficit.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
Republican senators on Tuesday told President Bush that his administration's lack of credibility in the fight against illegal immigration was a major hindrance to passing overhaul legislation, and they urged him to ask for emergency funds to ramp up enforcement. The criticism came as Bush made his first appearance in nearly six years at the Republican senators' weekly strategy luncheon in the Capitol.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Senate Democrats' goal of passing strict new ethics rules as their first order of business as the majority party was stymied, perhaps only temporarily, by a partisan dispute on Wednesday. The flap came just weeks after leaders of both parties pledged to start the new session with a new spirit of bipartisanship.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Ten Republican senators have called on President Obama to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its troubled website. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and nine other senators told Obama they were concerned not only with the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, but the implementation of the broader law, which they all oppose. Dozens of House Republicans have also pushed for Sebelius' dismissal.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House. Top Republicans portrayed the pause as an effort to save Boehner's influence and prevent the House from being fully dominated by its most ardent conservatives, whom many in the Senate blame for having launched the party on a budget strategy that has failed. Republican senators suggested the House had 24 hours to act before the only option would be to return to the Senate's framework, negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - With their effort to block money to run the government until President Obama guts the new healthcare law starting to fizzle, Republican leaders are considering Plan B. Senate Republicans are pushing renegade Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to wrap up his filibuster-like obstruction of the government funding bill sooner rather than later. Top Republicans want to get the legislation back to the House in time to give Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) an opportunity to attach new healthcare repeal amendments that might have a better chance at achieving GOP policy goals.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Senate easily overcame Wednesday's first hurdle to a fizzling GOP strategy to strip funding for President Obama's healthcare law in exchange for keeping the government running. Top Republicans are now for a new  - more modest  - way to chip away at the Affordable Care Act. Time is not on their side after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) monopolized the floor in his lonely filibuster-like campaign. Money for routine government operations is set to run out Oct. 1, unless Congress acts.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Even before New Jersey's new U.S. senator took the oath of office, Democrats seemed to be lobbying the Republican for his vote on a key legislative priority: expanded background checks on gun buyers. Jeffrey Chiesa, appointed last week by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to temporarily fill the seat vacated after the death of Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg, was sworn in on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. Chiesa's appointment cuts into what had been a 10-seat advantage for Democrats at the start of the year, giving Republicans what could be a key vote on any number of issues set to be considered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1999
Re the arms control pact: The Evil Empire still exists, thanks to Republican senators. Regrettably, we are it. DON OKA Los Angeles
BUSINESS
September 14, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Securities Bill Stalled for Now: Key Republican senators are balking at a compromise plan that would reduce company stock-filing fees. The compromise was struck by House aides and the White House. The senators' action casts new doubt on whether Congress will pass a securities deregulation bill, congressional aides said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Newton R. Russell, a veteran state senator known as an expert on California's complex public pension system and a stickler for upholding legislative rules, died Saturday of lung cancer at his La Cañada Flintridge home, his family said. He was 85. A conservative Republican, Russell served 32 years in the Legislature, including 10 years in the Assembly and 22 years in the Senate, where he represented the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Temple City, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and part of Pasadena.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans boycotted a committee vote Thursday on President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, drawing accusations of obstructionism from Democrats. Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said McCarthy had not adequately responded to their requests for information, so they didn't show up for the scheduled vote. They want more information on how the EPA makes decisions on new regulations, how it has used private email to conduct public business, and other transparency issues.
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