Senate

Brown: Congress can do more on job training

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) praised President Obama’s initiative to improve worker training, but said Congress can do more to help by passing his bill. 

“The administration’s initiative is an important step towards addressing our country’s skills gap,” Brown said. “Congress can continue this progress by passing my bipartisan legislation which would strengthen job training efforts.”

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Shaheen calls for federal help to address heroin ‘epidemic’

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said the federal government needs to be doing more to help states deal with heroin and prescription drug addiction.

“We must work together at the local, state and federal level to stop this troubling trend that is hurting our communities and claiming too many lives,” Shaheen said in a press release.

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McCain: NATO allies must spend 2 percent of GDP on defense

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said NATO members needed to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense in order to stop Russia from invading neighboring countries.

“Considering what President Putin is doing right now in Ukraine, it is more important than ever for every NATO ally to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense,” McCain said.

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Hoeven warns EPA not to regulate livestock emissions

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to regulate livestock emissions while cracking down on methane emitters.

“Imposing costly and unnecessary regulations on livestock emissions will not only hurt our livestock producers, but American families and our economy,” Hoeven said in a press release.

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Ayotte: ‘We must act now’ on more Russian sanctions

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she is drafting legislation that would place U.S. sanctions on Russia’s banks and energy sector.

“The administration should not delay any longer in imposing immediate and severe sanctions on Russia's banking and financial sector,” Ayotte said Tuesday. “We must act now — before it's too late.”

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Blumenthal slams GM for failing to replace ignition switches

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said it was “unacceptable” that General Motors (GM) still hasn’t given dealerships the replacement part needed to fix faulty ignition switches.

“Having failed to deliver new ignition switches to dealers last week as promised, GM CEO Mary Barra says now they’ll be there as soon as possible,” Blumenthal said. “That vague assurance is unacceptable when dangerously defective cars remain on the road and GM fails to provide adequate warning.” 

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Casey demands more aid for Syrian refugees

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) told Senate appropriators to fully fund President Obama’s budget request for air to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

“Jordan is facing a massive influx of refugees stemming from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria,” Casey said. “I believe it is in the United States’ national security interest to help Jordan as they bear a significant burden in working to accommodate vulnerable refugees and offer some stability in the region.”

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Schumer demands more money for school security

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he wants more federal funding for school security because some schools are being forced to dip into funds for education in order to ensure school safety.

“As a parent, I know that the safety, health, and success of our children are always at the front of the mind,” Schumer said. “We must do everything in our power to allow our schools to bolster their safety programs to make sure we have the tools at our disposal to better prevent the next Sandy Hook.”

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DC Court: Common Cause 'hoist with [its] own petar' in filibuster case

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Common Cause’s case, which argued that the Senate filibuster was unconstitutional.

Common Cause — a liberal non-profit — blamed the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster for lack of progress on House passed bills, the DISCLOSE Act and the DREAM Act. The organization argued that Senate votes should be held to a simple majority, as it is in the House or Representatives.

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