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Sarah Mimms Sarah Mimms is a staff correspondent for National Journal Daily, covering Congress. Previously at National Journal, she served as senior analyst for the Hotline, where she covered federal and gubernatorial campaigns in the South.
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Senator: Attorney General Confirmation Hearing Will Be Forum to Hit Obama on Immigration

January 22, 2015 Chuck Grassley has no reason to believe Loretta Lynch won't be confirmed as the next attorney general. But first, the new Senate Judiciary Committee chairman plans to offer his members an exhaustive, we'll-be-here-all-night-if-we-have-to-style hearing to comb through her record—with a heavy focus on the president's immigration policy. As Senate Republicans ...

Conservative Agenda Push Begins With Immigration

January 15, 2015 Frustrated Senate GOP conservatives are champing at the bit to attack President Obama on immigration -- but they say they've barely heard a word on the subject from Mitch McConnell. Sens. Ted Cruz, Lee, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter and others on the right are pushing the majority leader to bring ...

As GOP Takes Over, Major Policy Debates Loom

January 6, 2015 The first day of the new Senate is a field day for photographers and gossip columnists. There is a lot of pomp and tradition and a few housekeeping details to take care of—small things like officially putting the legislative session into motion by agreeing on a date when lawmakers can ...

Immigration Hawk Won't Lead the Senate Budget Committee

December 18, 2014 The weeks-long battle to chair the powerful Senate Budget Committee ended Wednesday with a peaceful accord, allowing Sen. Mike Enzi, the most senior Republican on the panel, to take the gavel in January. Many believed that Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who has served as ranking member since 2011, would ...

The 113th Congress Ends its Session Quietly

December 17, 2014 The 113th Congress finished in fittingly mixed fashion Tuesday night, with the Senate approving a host of Obama administration nominees and a compromise tax-extender bill but unable to renew a federal terrorism insurance program that's set to expire. The night marked the end of a historically unproductive and largely dysfunctional ...

Senate Approves Massive Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all day, the Senate voted Saturday night to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September and tee up a February confrontation with President Obama over immigration. The chamber voted 56-40 to ...

Senators Strike Deal to Vote on Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all through Saturday, Senate leaders have come to an agreement to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill later Saturday evening that would fund the government through September. The deal cuts short a long day and what had ...

Eyeing the Exits, Senate GOP Expects Swift Spending Bill Passage

December 12, 2014 Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. The House offered a helping hand Friday afternoon, extending a ...

Terrorism Risk Insurance Plan Likely to Falter in the Senate

December 11, 2014 The federal program set in place 12 years ago to help insurance companies cover Americans in case of terrorist attacks is likely to expire this month, as a bill extending the program faces almost certain death in the Senate this week. Sen. Tom Coburn is the main reason: The Oklahoma ...

Lawmakers Unveil Details of Plan to Keep Government Open

December 10, 2014 A $1 trillion spending bill to keep most of the government funded through next September—with the exception of the Homeland Security Department, which will be funded only through Feb. 27—was released Tuesday night following debates over dozens of policy riders affecting women's health, the environment, health care, and the Dodd-Frank ...