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Senator Makes It Personal in Battle Over Military Assaults

November 15, 2013 The fight over legislation to combat military sexual assaults is getting more tense. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the No. 4 Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has long been a leader on sexual assault issues, said she is frustrated that reforms she has championed have not gotten more...

McCaskill Makes It Personal in Battle Over Military Assaults

November 15, 2013 The fight over legislation to combat military sexual assaults is getting more tense. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the No. 4 Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has long been a leader on sexual assault issues, said she is frustrated that reforms she has championed have not gotten more...

McCain Says He Won't Back Homeland Security Nominee

November 14, 2013 Sen. John McCain switched gears suddenly Wednesday, withdrawing his support for Jeh Johnson’s confirmation for secretary of the Homeland Security Department over a flap about stalled immigration reform. At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Johnson’s confirmation, McCain, R-Ariz., started out reiterating positive comments he has...

Gillibrand Builds Support for Military Sex Assault Amendment

November 6, 2013 It's not every day that conservative Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., stand shoulder to shoulder with liberals Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. But they did Wednesday, rallying behind an effort from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to combat military sexual assaults by taking the decision...

Senator Anticipates Filibuster Threat Over Military Sexual Assault Amendment

November 6, 2013 It's not every day that conservative Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., stand shoulder to shoulder with liberals Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. But they did Wednesday, rallying behind an effort from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to combat military sexual assaults by taking the decision...

NSA Surveillance Bill Advances in Senate

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation Thursday aimed at protecting the National Security Agency's controversial domestic-surveillance activities by taking steps to increase transparency and accountability. The bill from Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., seeks to put to rest a growing debate over whether the...

Budget Conference: A Committee of Two?

October 31, 2013 It's supposed to be a committee of 29 separate voices from the House and Senate. But the early signals from the inaugural meeting of the bipartisan House and Senate budget conference are that it may operate more like a committee of two: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray. Ryan...

Senators Begin Scrutinizing Homeland Security Nominee

October 29, 2013 Jeh Johnson, President Obama's pick for Homeland Security secretary, is making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week with senators who will decide the fate of his nomination. Johnson's nomination was formally sent up to Capitol Hill on Monday, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to...

Senator Condemns Spying on Allies, Calls for Immediate Intelligence Review

October 29, 2013 Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued an unusually fiery statement Monday, complaining that the Intelligence Committee was uninformed about the National Security Agency's surveillance of U.S. allies, which she said was cause for an immediate full review of all intelligence programs. "It is abundantly clear that a total...

NSA Surveillance Back in Crosshairs on Hill

October 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Intelligence Committee leaders plan to advance legislation behind closed doors Tuesday—ironically aimed at lifting the cloak-and-dagger opacity of the National Security Agency's controversial domestic-surveillance methods. By tightening or codifying current practices and adding transparency and accountability measures, the legislation from Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss,...

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