Dec 3, 2013 — In terms of enacting laws, the current Congress is on course to be the least productive in modern times. Some House members think the lack of legislative activity is a positive development.
Nov 21, 2013 — By changing the Senate rules to require a simple majority instead of a supermajority for most nominations, Democrats acted on a threat each party has aimed at the other for nearly a decade.
Jul 17, 2013 — There's a bipartisan plan now from the Senate, The Associated Press reports. Loan rates doubled on July 1. Under the still-evolving deal, rates would go up much less. But they would rise in later years if the economy picks up.
Jun 3, 2013 — The Democrat from New Jersey was the Senate's last World War II veteran. He had said earlier this year that he would not be seeking a sixth term.
Apr 25, 2013 — The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports. The vote late Thursday was unanimous. The House could vote on the measure Friday.
Feb 18, 2013 — The Republican senator is a two-term governor who ran for Senate in 2007. He was President Bush's agriculture secretary. His term ends in 2014.
Dec 1, 2012 — Every student of Washington knows the Senate has become the definition of a legislative graveyard, in part because of the frequency with which the minority party invokes its right to filibuster legislation and nominations. The Senate majority leader may push to change that — which could make matters worse.
Jul 25, 2012 — There will be votes today on Democratic and Republican plans regarding the Bush tax cuts. But neither will mean much since the House isn't likely to agree to anything the Democratic-controlled Senate does.
Oct 12, 2011 — Chant after me: This is what gridlockracy looks like. It looks like a President Obama who can't get his latest stimulus package — the American Jobs Act — through Congress. On Wednesday the president repeated his threat to break the legislation down into smaller chunks to force Senate Republicans to cast a slew of "no" votes campaigning Democrats could against Republicans.
Aug 8, 2011 — The death at age 89 of Mark Hatfield, the former U.S. senator from Oregon and moderate Republican who repeatedly challenged his party's orthodoxy, is a reminder of how hard it can be in American politics to think and act independently.