Senate sets debt-ceiling vote for Thursday

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled a procedural vote on House-passed legislation that would disapprove of President Obama's request to raise the Treasury's debt limit by another $1.2 trillion.


Sen. McConnell already disappointed in Obama's address

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prepared to welcome President Obama to the Capitol on Tuesday by saying he was already disappointed in the State of the Union address scheduled to be delivered in the House chamber later in the day. 


Grassley: Author of legal opinion on recess appointments may have seen her last Senate confirmation

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday evening that he doubts that the Senate will ever confirm again the Obama administration Justice Department official who wrote an opinion that said recess appointments can be made while the Senate is not technically in recess.

Grassley spoke on the Senate floor in reference to Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz, who wrote the opinion that said Obama can make recess appointments when the Senate is not available to offer advice and consent. That opinion led to four recess appointments in early January, when the Senate was holding occasional pro forma sessions.


Reid pledges to defend institutions of government against GOP onslaught

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday pledged to support "important" institutions of government, which he suggested, are under assault from Republicans. 

"We have to understand… that government has been so helpful to most of us and we can't turn away from the institutions of government which have been so important to us over the years," Reid said in his opening speech on Monday afternoon. 


McConnell calls Dem plan to jam up Congress 'stunning'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) used his first chance to address the upper chamber this year by once again accusing Democrats of scheming to block work in the Congress for political gain. 

“We’re happy to work with the Democratic majority in the Senate to achieve these goals," McConnell said Monday in response to a speech delivered moments before by his Democratic counterpart. "But based on some of the news stories I’ve read over the past few weeks it doesn’t appear they’re all that interested.