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Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, tried to attach a postal reform bill to the $1.1 trillion spending package.

How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

Democrats blocked their own chairman’s last ditch effort, aides say.

Tom Coburn: The Senate-Stalling Republican No One Hates

Cruz and Coburn have both blocked bills and slowed adjournment. So why does one have so many enemies and the other so few?

Democrats' Depressing New Reality in the Spending Deal

The divisions that were on full display during the debate over a $1 trillion spending bill may become the norm in 2015.

Senate Approves Massive Spending Measure

Action means most agencies will get full fiscal year funding.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expected a final vote on the $1.1 trillion spending package Monday morning.

Senate Buys Time for Spending Negotiations

Members approve a short-term continuing resolution to avert a shutdown.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., predicted the measure will pass quickly.

Eyeing the Exits, Senate GOP Expects Swift Spending Bill Passage

Lawmakers will wrap up the 113th Congress in a matter of days.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he is disappointed the bill did not pass the House.

FOIA Reform Probably Isn't Going to Happen This Congress

Bipartisan bill would have codified "presumption of openness" for agency disclosure.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., wants to avoid government "on autopilot."

Senate Must Act By Wednesday to Avoid Government Shutdown

Federal agencies are not out of the woods just yet.

After Torture, Will the Senate Begin Investigating Drone Killings?

“Obviously, we don’t interrogate prisoners anymore,” says one Republican. “Now all we do is kill them.”

Joe Biden Comes to Fix Fissures Between Obama and Republicans

The vice president can take advantage of strong relationships with the Senate GOP, but only "if they let him loose."