Latest Senate Items
  • On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Sen. John McCain said, "We need to have a vote on" repeal of the health care law. (Associated Press)

    In Senate, GOP eyes a vote on health law

    Senate Republicans want to box majority Democrats into allowing a health care repeal vote even if GOP lawmakers expect to be on the losing side.

  • "We're not happy with Sen. Lugar's progressive, liberal stance that has worsened over the years," says Monica Boyer, president of the Kosciusko County, Ind.-based tea party group Silent No More. (Associated Press)

    Tea party already gearing up for '12

    The tea party movement that helped elect dozens of fiscal conservatives in 2010 to give Republicans control of the House is already mobilizing and recruiting candidates in a bid to take over the Senate next year as well.

  • Political Scene

    A Tennessee Democrat is defending his comparison of Republican health care arguments to Nazi propaganda.

  • Inside the Beltway

    "Will the Senate resolve to listen to will of the American people?" asks Jenny Beth Martin, a founder of the 15-million member Tea Party Patriots.

  • U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, accompanied by his wife, Hadassah, addresses a gathering Wednesday in Stamford, Conn. He has announced that he will not seek a fifth term in 2012. (Associated Press)

    Lieberman's exit sparks Senate conjecture

    The retirement of independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman marks the third such announcement in recent days and has sparked widespread speculation on which other senators might also bow out in the face of tough 2012 re-elections bids.

  • House Speaker John A. Boehner arrives for a news conference before Wednesday's House passage of a bill to repeal the health care law. With him (from left) are Reps. Nan Hayworth and Cathy McMorris Rodgers and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. (Associated Press)

    House pulls plug on health care law

    House Republicans on Wednesday scored their first victory in their long-shot bid to scrap President Obama's health care overhaul, delivering a repeal bill to the Senate and a stiff rebuke of White House policy that will help shape the political landscape over the weeks, months and years to come.

  • House votes to cut down on printing of congressional measures

    Citing the hundreds of thousands of wasted pages of government printing each year that go straight from delivery to congressional recycling bins, the House voted Tuesday to tell the Government Printing Office to cut it out.

  • Illustration: Fixing Obamacare by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    GRATZER: Think of Medicare as a model

    Back in the spring of 2010, White House officials liked to talk up the idea that their health-reform package was the Medicare of our time - a major piece of legislation that, while initially controversial, would become mainstream, as did the Great Society program. With today's House vote, the analogy needs a tweak: Think of the Medicare reform of the 1980s, not the 1960s, when Congress enacted and then, facing great criticism, reconsidered the catastrophic coverage.

  • Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman

    Conrad, Lieberman to forgo re-election; Lugar eyes 7th term

    Republicans may have two prime pickup opportunities in the 2012 struggle for control of the Senate after Kent Conrad announced he will not seek re-election and Joe Lieberman scheduled a Wednesday press conference in Stamford, Conn., on his future.

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