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August 3, 2012
Re "Keeping families intact," Editorial, July 31 The Times calls Congress cowardly for refusing to undertake comprehensive immigration reform. Half of the Senate would like to see undocumented immigrants have a path to citizenship or at least be able to stay on a green card or work visa, and the other half would like to see illegal immigrants deported. Each side is passionate about its position, and the parties, thanks to their primary elections, offer no opportunity for compromise.
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NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
BEATTYVILLE, Ky. -- The story in the Beattyville Enterprise was just a few paragraphs long, tucked in the corner of the weekly community newspaper beside the lead story about a local murder investigation. But the item, quoting Sen. Mitch McConnell as saying it was “not my job” to bring jobs to the region, has become the latest flash point in the high-stakes battle between the Senate's top Republican and his potential Democratic opponent. The Enterprise, a paper so small it's accessible online only through its Facebook page , asked McConnell as he visited Lee County last week what he would do to help the area's struggling economy.
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OPINION
February 26, 2013
Re “ Senator quits for job with Chevron ,” Feb. 23 When I finished this article, I was convinced there must have been something I missed. So I read it again. State Sen. Michael J. Rubio's resignation and immediate hiring by a huge corporation that it was his elected job to (among other things) protect us against is heinous enough. But for him to say that “family comes first” and to complain that he was “tired” of the drive to his job in Sacramento has to be infuriating to the people who elected him. Clearly there's something wrong with this picture, and the apparent casualness with which Rubio, those tasked with reviewing his decision and The Times are handling it speaks volumes about how thoroughly our elected servants are beholden to big business, and how little will be done about it. Mike Flanagan Silver Lake More letters to the editor ...  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Calling hospital errors "heartbreaking," U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Friday released a report detailing how some California hospitals are reducing medical mistakes that can cause infections, incorrect administration of drugs, falls and other complications. Many medical centers are preventing errors, she said, but others still need to demonstrate they are serious about addressing the problem. According to some researchers, Boxer said, between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors each year -- making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the nation, behind heart disease and cancer.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2010 | Reuters
The U.S. Senate Wednesday approved a $15 billion package of tax breaks and highway spending that aims to bring down the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate. By a vote of 70 to 28, the Senate approved the bill and sent it on to the House, which could approve the measure quickly for President Barack Obama to sign into law. The House has already passed a substantially different $155 billion jobs bill, but observers say it is likely to take up the Senate version to ensure that a highway-construction fund is not disrupted.
NEWS
December 18, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) opposes the Senate-passed package on President Obama's payroll tax cut, upending a year-end deal to continue the $1,000 average benefit for 160 million Americans. Boehner's opposition throws into doubt the ability of Congress to reach agreement by Dec. 31, when the tax break expires. He said rank-and-file Republicans reject the Senate's approach of a short-term two-month continuation of the tax break, which had been a fallback effort at compromise after talks hit an impasse.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
Saying President Obama and the United Nations are not doing enough to stop the bloodshed in Syria, leading Senate hawks have proposed supplying Syrian rebels with weapons and support in the first congressional move toward ending the Assad regime. The senators made it clear Wednesday they were not calling for the authorization of U.S. military intervention as they pressed to send munitions and aid to the Syrian rebels as they battle President Bashar Aassad. “How can you sit on the sidelines in Syria and not take a stand?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to continue funding California's film and television tax credit. The Senate vote was 32 to 2 in favor of extending two more years of funding for the tax credit. California sets aside $100 million toward the program, which gives movie and TV producers a credit of up to 25% of qualified production expenses. The Assembly approved the bill earlier this month. The measure now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has one month to sign or veto the legislation.
NEWS
October 18, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
In a stinging rebuke of the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, an amendment to prevent the Justice Department from conducting any future gun-tracking operations such as the failed "Fast and Furious" program in the future sailed unanimously through the Senate Tuesday. The vote, on an amendment to a DOJ funding bill offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), was 99-0. Cornyn proposed legislation that would end Fast and Furious and bar new gun-tracking operations.
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Leon Panetta was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as secretary of Defense, taking the helm at the Pentagon as President Obama's national security policy reaches a pivotal juncture amid growing discontent in Congress over expansive overseas military operations at a time of stark budget deficits. Panetta, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will replace Robert M. Gates, who is retiring after serving in two administrations, as the White House overhauls its national security team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has both Democrats and Republicans on board with the broad outlines of his plan for stockpiling some cash and paying off debt. But as the special legislative session Brown called on the issue opened Thursday, it was clear that, as lawmakers like to say, the devil could be in the details. Republicans, whose votes the Democratic governor needs to place his measure on the fall ballot, want tighter controls on the reserve fund than the governor has proposed.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans. Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books. "I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA," said the committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A proposal to charge a tax on oil pumped from the ground in California was approved Thursday by a state Senate panel on grounds that it would help fund higher education in the state. The Senate Education Committee voted, 5-2, to advance the bill that would levy a 9.5% tax to raise $2 billion annually to be divided among state universities and colleges, state parks and human service programs. “California is the only major oil producer in the world that does not collect taxes on oil production,” Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Despite support from law enforcement including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, a measure that would require smartphones to have enabled "kill switches" failed in a close vote Thursday in the California Senate. With the telecommunications industry, including Microsoft, lobbying hard against the bill, it failed on a 19-17 vote, two votes short of the tally needed for passage. It was granted a chance to come up for another vote in the future. Beck campaigned for the measure as a way to reduce often violent thefts of the phones that have increased more than 30% since 2011 in his city.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Charles K. Edwards, who was acting inspector general for Homeland Security from late 2011 through early 2013, considered aides to Napolitano to be friends, socialized with them over drinks and dinner and, at their urging, improperly made changes to several investigative reports, according to the Senate review released Thursday.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47% to 38%, registered voters in Arkansas approved of Pryor's work in office, with only 14% unable or unwilling to give an opinion, according to a new poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 46% to 36%, Pryor led his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a rising conservative star since winning a seat in the House in 2012.
NEWS
September 13, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
After a brief flirtation with the race, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren plans to officially become a candidate for Senate in Massachusetts on Wednesday, giving Democrats a candidate with national stature in the rare contest where they are on offense in 2012. Warren oversaw the launch of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before leaving the Obama administration this summer. She formed an exploratory committee for the race shortly after. "The pressures on middle-class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington.
NATIONAL
October 7, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) bemoaned the "subtle and insidious impact" of money in politics on Wednesday. His comments came after criminal investigations that have resulted in the unprecedented suspensions of three state senators, and in the midst of an election year that will likely feature tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending. Steinberg and Senate Republican leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) spoke with reporters near the Capitol after a series of conversations among senators about ethical guidelines and proper fund-raising.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU - In primaries across the country - in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states - Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values. Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959.
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