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Arkansas judicial candidates caught by Republican Senate blockade
Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who follows the federal courts, sends word that Republican obstructionism has blocked a group of non-controversial federal judge nominees, including two from Arkansas.
Fri Dec 20, 2013
Mark Pryor, the Arkansas PajamaBoy
An attempt to save over $6 billion in pensions for veterans & stop illegal aliens from collecting IRS tax rebates was attempted by conservatives in the United States Senate .
Sunshine State News
Jeff Miller Looks to Stop COLA Cuts for Vets in Murray-Ryan Budget
Florida Congressman Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced two measures Thursday to halt cost-of-living adjustment cuts for military retirees in the budget crafted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Thu Dec 19, 2013
Joe Manchin Gives Marco Rubio Elephant-Shaped Coal for Secret Santa
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin found a way to give Sen. Marco Rubio a lump of coal for Christmas and not have it be an insult.
Wed Dec 18, 2013
Senate passes bipartisan budget agreement
For the first time in what seems like ages, Congress has passed a government spending plan without resorting to last-minute brinkmanship such as midnight negotiations to prevent an imminent government shutdown.
The Daily Caller
Pending Senate bill will force Obamacare exchanges to disclose abortion coverage
"Americans have a right to know if a plan they are purchasing covers abortion," Roberts said Wednesday.
Tue Dec 17, 2013
US News & World Report
Al Franken Hosts Secret Santa, Marco Rubio Gets Coal
"Anything that brings Democrats and Republicans together and builds relationships is a good thing," Franken told Whispers about his Senate Secret Santa gift exchange.
Senate GOP press EPA over ozone effort
Republican senators are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to calculate and disclose the amount of money the agency spent on a failed effort to issue tough standards for smog.
Pryor joins in vote to clear budget agreement
By a 67-33 vote, the Senate today easily defeated a filibuster against the budget deal.
Budget deal clears Senate procedural hurdle
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Budget deal clears Senate procedural hurdle
A federal budget compromise that already passed the U.S. House cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, increasing the likelihood it will win final congressional approval this week.
Mon Dec 16, 2013
Fort Smith native's nomination approved by Senate
Fort Smith native Anne Patterson has been approved by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs.
Senator: Topic of unemployment insurance extension has 'never come up' in GOP caucus
At the end of the year, emergency unemployment insurance benefits for 1.3 million Americans are going to expire because Congress failed to extend them before the House left town.
Sun Dec 15, 2013
Some Senate appropriators oppose budget deal
Tuesday's cloture vote on the short-term budget compromise in the Senate rests squarely on the 14 Republicans on the Appropriations Committee.
Fri Dec 13, 2013
Huffpost Hill - Easily Distracted Nation To Pause In Remembrance Of... That Thing
Tomorrow we recall a change in America's attitudes about guns that would ultimately be undone by 8,000 Fox News segments on the knockout game.
The Huffington Post
Unemployment Benefits Are Expiring And Congress Has No Clue What To Do
The House of Representatives has left town for Christmas vacation, making it all but certain that unemployed workers will lose their federal benefits on Dec. 28, as they are currently scheduled to do.
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Log Cabin Democrat
Farm bill unlikely until next year
Arkansas farmers anxious for Congress to enact a new farm bill will likely have to wait until early next year.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
After Supremes' Decision, Womack Urges Congress to Act on Online Sales Tax
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., is heartened by Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand New York's online sales tax law.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Republican Tom Cotton invites Obama to Arkansas
Obama hasn't visited Arkansas during his presidency, and he remains deeply unpopular in the state where Cotton hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in next year's election.
ACLU files eminent domain FOIA against FHFA
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Popular Democracy filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today against the Federal Housing Finance Agency for failing to respond to their request for information as the FHFA seeks to block eminent domain moves by municipalities.