Senate

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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Corker to Obama: ‘Take action now’ on more sanctions

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) called on President Obama to impose more sanctions on Russian companies to deter Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

Corker sent Obama a letter over the weekend, ahead of a European Union meeting on Russian sanctions Monday.

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Franken wants more free school lunches

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced a bill that would expand the free school lunch program.

“No child should have to go through the school day hungry because their family can't afford school breakfast or lunch,” Franken said. “We know hungry students don't do as well in school.”

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Senate bill allows released criminals to vote

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill Thursday that would give criminals the right to vote after they are released from prison.

S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act, would restore voting rights to the nearly 3 million people who cannot vote even after they’re released from prison because they have been convicted of a felony.

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Reid delays votes on ‘important’ nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) delayed votes on two "important" nominations for more than two weeks.

On Friday, the Senate was suppose to consider and confirm the nominations of Michelle Friedland to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit and David Weil to be administrator of the Department of Labor’s wage and hour division. But after members complained about having to work on a Friday, Reid decided to postpone those votes until after a two-week Easter recess.

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