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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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Senate Passes Major NSA Reform Bill

June 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After weeks of tense standoffs marked by the lapse of parts of the Patriot Act, the Senate on Tuesday easily passed comprehensive surveillance reform, ending a chapter of high-stakes brinkmanship on Capitol Hill that eventually concluded with lawmakers taking their first significant step away from the post-9/11 national security policies...

Senate Might Vote This Week on Budget Deal That Spares Federal Pay, Benefits

May 4, 2015 While the Iran debate will continue to make the biggest waves, the Senate will kick off the week on Monday with a vote to override a presidential veto of a law concerning union elections. Congress passed the law disapproving of a National Labor Relations Board rule change shortening the length...

Who Won and Who Lost in the Budget Deal?

April 29, 2015 Sen. Bob Corker, the final obstacle to a bicameral budget deal, ended his blockade of the legislation Wednesday, signing onto the document that could see a vote in the House as early as this week. Congressional Republicans will unveiled the deal Wednesday, fulfilling a promise they made to voters in...

Senate Democrat: Fix Sequester or We'll Block Spending Bills

April 29, 2015 The new Republican majority is preparing to pass its budget as soon as this week, finally giving the green light to appropriators to begin funding the government before their October 1 deadline and another federal shutdown. But already Democrats are saying they won't go along with Republicans' funding plans. Sen....

Why Did Ted Cruz Miss the Loretta Lynch Vote?

April 24, 2015 Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday gave an impassioned speech encouraging his colleagues to vote against Loretta Lynch for attorney general, calling her "unsuitable" for confirmation. A few hours later, when the Senate took a final vote to confirm her, Cruz was the lone senator who didn't show up. Where was...

Republican Undecideds Feel Last-Minute Pressure on Lynch Vote

April 23, 2015 With Loretta Lynch finally set for a Senate floor vote Thursday to be the next Attorney General, undecided Republicans are facing increased pressure from constituents and outside groups to pick a side. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was visited earlier in the day by dozens of members of the...

Senators See Progress on Lynch Nomination

April 20, 2015 The Senate returns this week in much the same position they were last week: still stuck on its human-trafficking bill, still keeping Loretta Lynch's attorney-general nomination in limbo, and still reviewing Congress's review role in any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. But members say they're making progress—and that this week could be...

Senate Heavy Lifting Begins With Education and Iran; Budget Framework Still Under Negotiation

April 13, 2015 The most important legislative horse-trading this week will be happening in committee rooms, not on the House or Senate floor. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will begin debating a major education overhaul this week that might actually thread the needle on rewriting the controversial No Child Left...

2016 Senate Republicans Face Decision on Lynch Nomination

April 7, 2015 Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, at home in blue-leaning Wisconsin for a two-week recess ahead of a reelection battle next year, announced that he will oppose Loretta Lynch, the nominee to take Eric Holder's place as attorney general. Just a few hours' drive to the south, another vulnerable blue-state Republican made...

Sen. Cardin Is Now the White House's Man on Foreign Relations

April 2, 2015 With Ben Cardin taking the indicted Robert Menendez's slot as the Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, the White House is losing its staunchest intraparty opponent on two of the biggest foreign policy issues facing the administration—Iran and Cuba—and gaining an important ally. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's office made it...

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