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Gina McCarthy's already bumpy road to becoming Environmental Protection Agency administrator took another detour Thursday morning when Senate Republicans boycotted a committee vote on her nomination, blocking it for now.
While President Obama keeps pounding away to get votes to pass gun restrictions in the Senate, pro-Second Amendment supporters are pushing the upper chamber in the opposite direction. Sen. Tom Coburn introduced two amendments to strengthen the rights of gun owners and keep the federal government in check.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's determined to move forward this week with proposed filibuster reforms — with or without the help of Republicans.
With the "fiscal cliff" averted for now, and the Senate on recess the next two weeks, the chamber's leaders have some breathing room to negotiate a possible compromise on another toxic topic — filibuster reform.
Sen.-elect Tim Kaine on Thursday expressed enthusiastic support for reforming the chamber's filibuster rules, echoing a chorus of freshmen eager to make changes on Capitol Hill after being left to watch a gridlocked Senate from the sidelines the past several years.
As a 23-year-old Navy officer in 1945, Mark O. Hatfield was among the first American servicemen to see personally the destruction wrought upon Hiroshima by an atomic bomb. It was an experience that helped shape Mr. Hatfield into an outspoken critic of war as he went on to become a two-term Republican Oregon governor, then the longest-serving U.S. senator in Oregon history.
Democratic Rep. David Wu has said he is stepping down from the House in the wake of an accusation he had an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman.
Senate leaders said Thursday they have agreed that minority Republicans would filibuster fewer bills and nominations in exchange for a promise by the Democratic majority to give them more chances to offer amendments.