Aides slam conservative theories on the cause of Harry Reid's injuries.
The bill would make it easier for veterans to get help outside the VA system.
The Maryland Democrat suggested her proposal builds upon the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Sen. John Thune said the estate tax punishes people "for a lifetime of hard work."
Legislation from Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake would impose fines and jail time.
Sen. Patty Murray's endorsement removes the last obstacle in his path.
Sen. Bob Corker warned the administration against rushing into a deal.
Sen. Marco Rubio and others are disappointed in the numbers in the Senate budget.
Sen. Jon Tester's bill eases the VA's "burden of proof" standards.
The so-called "doc fix" passed the House on Thursday.