The Senate voted 57-41 to confirm Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) as top housing regulator.
Senate Democrats called for an increase in the federal minimum wage Monday.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said the issue has become “way too partisan.”
“We should have a bipartisan consensus that we regularly raise the minimum wage,” Durbin said.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the U.S. should not end a trade embargo on Cuba.
“I am concerned that U.S. officials reportedly met with Cuban representatives in Bali to discuss the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba,” Rubio said during the weekend. “There should be no question that the U.S. will not end the trade embargo until the Castro regime releases its political prisoners and holds free and fair elections.”
Rubio’s remarks came after the World Trade Organization’s negotiations took place in Bali.
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat small farmers fairly in new food safety regulations.
Hagan said recent rules proposed by the FDA were unclear on whether a farm could qualify for small-operations food safety requirements.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies are a “fraudster's dream come true.”
Hatch’s comments came after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)...
The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would veto legislation the House will pass this week to change the Dodd-Frank financial reform law in an effort to boost small business investment.
Some Senate Democrats have renewed their calls for increases in food assistance, especially during the holiday season.
Sens. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said they would increase their efforts to restore cuts made to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.
House Republicans will call up legislation after Thanksgiving that would relax regulations for private equity fund investment advisers, which the GOP says would make it easier for small businesses to attract private capital.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill Thursday that would eliminate tax subsidies for the oil, gas and coal industries.
The End Polluter Welfare Act, S. 1762, would end $100 billion-worth of tax breaks for the industries over 10 years.
Senate Dems hope to attract the support of Republicans for a bill raising the minimum wage.