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Obama's choice to lead OMB faces hurdle

September 23, 2010 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Wednesday he will oppose the nomination of Jacob Lew to head the OMB, a decision that complicates Democratic hopes of confirming Lew before adjourning for the midterm elections. "I will vote against him in the committee and I intend to vote against him on the ...

Forecast calls for politics and a side of bluster on Defense bill

September 20, 2010 Anyone squeamish about politicizing national security should steer clear of the Senate this week. The chamber is braced for votes this week on a series of politically fraught issues with limited ties to an underlying defense authorization bill, but which could energize voters in the midterm elections. Maneuvering over how ...

Senator: Consumer agency needs permanent director

September 16, 2010 Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., dismissed the significance of a White House plan to appoint Elizabeth Warren to a job as an unconfirmed special adviser to a new consumer financial protection bureau, saying the Obama administration should quickly nominate a permanent director. "They just need to send us ...

Bill to curb secret Senate holds could get vote soon

September 14, 2010 The Senate is set to vote on a proposal to end secret holds as soon as next week, advocates of the measure said. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has informed Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that a bill they have co-sponsored to curtail ...

Obama expected to send nominations back

September 13, 2010 As soon as Monday, President Obama will likely renominate most or all of the 13 stalled nominees the Senate sent back to the White House last month, including Federal Reserve Board nominee Peter Diamond and five judges Republicans oppose, according to White House and Senate aides. Other officials in that ...

Senate vote on spending bill should prove point to House

July 20, 2010 The Senate is on course to vote on a House-passed fiscal 2010 supplemental spending bill, even as House Democrats appear to be moving to eventually accept a Senate measure without domestic spending Democrats in the lower chamber want. The Senate could hold a cloture vote on the House-passed measure this ...

Lawmaker urges quick Senate action on wartime spending measure

July 19, 2010 House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Monday pressed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to move fast on the supplemental war funding bill without domestic spending added in the House, in an apparent break with other top House Democrats. "I am writing to respectfully request that you schedule ...

Sen. Robert Byrd, dead at 92

June 28, 2010 Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who rose from poor rural roots to become one of the most influential lawmakers of his era and the Senate's longest serving member, died Monday morning at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., his office said. He was 92. Raised in a cabin without running ...

Obama accepts McChrystal's resignation

June 23, 2010 President Obama on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and announced he would replace him with Army Gen. David Petraeus. Obama's decision followed a meeting this morning with McChrystal, who was recalled to Washington after he and several ...

Senator faces off with president on immigration

June 22, 2010 Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is in a rare "he said-he said" faceoff with the president, and is not backing off in the face of White House denials. "The president cannot say what I said was incorrect," Kyl said Monday. This weekend, a video showed the Arizona Republican telling ...