Senate

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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Senate Dems demand DOJ intervene in GM recall

Several Senate Democrats demanded Friday that the Department of Justice intervene in the General Motors recall of millions of cars because of faulty ignition switches.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter Friday asking for his help.

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Senate bill provides insurance for cities at risk of terrorism

A bipartisan Senate bill would require the federal government to cover some expenses if terrorists attack a city.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced Thursday that they have drafted a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which provides federal insurance against losses from terrorist attacks that could bankrupt a city.

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Senate passes funding transparency bill

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to ensure transparency on how all federal funds are spent.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced S. 994, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, and got unanimous consent Thursday to pass the measure with an amendment from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

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