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Senate leadership debates judicial nomination votes

Senate leadership argued about passing judicial nominations before adjourning for the elections.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to pass by unanimous consent 17 judicial nominations, 12 of which would fill emergency vacancies, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected.

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Rubio: Can't lump Pakistan, Libya and Egypt together in vote on Paul's bill

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday that Pakistan, Egypt and Libya can’t all be treated the same, as Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) bill to end aid would do.

Rubio said Americans have the right to be angry about recent events across the Middle East, including the death of four U.S. diplomats in Libya, but the smart foreign policy should take precedent.

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Reid: Hispanic voters are better off with Obama than Romney

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be worse for Hispanic Americans than President Obama.

Reid brought up Romney’s comments about the “47 percent” of Americans relying on government programs.

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Collins vows continued opposition to spending resolution

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Wednesday that she'll oppose the continuing spending resolution until appropriations bills get votes in the Senate.

“I will continue to oppose the continuing resolution as a protest to the lack of leadership,” Collins said on the floor. “The American people deserve better.”

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Senate to try to complete sportsman bill before adjourning

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Wednesday that the Senate would try to take up a sportsman bill before adjourning.

Reid said he’s hoping that the Senate can finish its business Thursday, but if it doesn’t, weekend work should be expected.

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Thune asks for leadership from Obama, Democrats on fiscal issues

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) expressed his disappointment with the Senate Wednesday for leaving before taking up looming fiscal issues.

Thune said he’d hoped President Obama would have shown some leadership on issues such as replacing the sequester cuts to defense spending and extending Bush-era tax rates.

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Harkin keeps up criticism of Ryan-Romney budget plan

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) once again took to the Senate floor Wednesday to speak out against the spending plan of vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

“People need to know what’s in that Ryan budget,” Harkin said on the floor Wednesday. “A budget is a blueprint for the future of where you want to go.”

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Cardin blocks Hatch's disapproval resolution of administration's welfare rule

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tried to unanimously pass a resolution of disapproval of the Obama administration decision to allow states to waive some welfare work requirements.

“Every member of this body ought to be concerned about it,” Hatch said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “If changes are going to be made to the welfare work requirement they should be made by Congress, not [Department of Health and Human Services] bureaucrats.”

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Senate moves spending resolution forward

The Senate made progress Wednesday on the six-month spending resolution to keep the government funded.

The Senate voted 76-22 to end debate on a motion to proceed to H.J.Res. 117, which would keep the government funded through March. The House passed the same resolution last week.

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