Sen. Brown asks Clinton to pressure Ecuador for return of fugitive

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Monday wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ask her to put more pressure on the government of Ecuador to return a fugitive wanted for a double-murder in Brockton, Mass.

Brown's letter followed his requests from May and July 2011 to press Ecuador to return Luis Guaman, who is wanted for the murder of Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela and her son Brian.


Sen. Paul looks to limit FTC's authority to enforce antitrust laws

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation that would limit the authority of the federal government to identify and block business activity it deems to be anti-competitive.

The Anti-Trust Freedom Act, S. 2269, is a response to what Paul says is the overreach of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as it seeks to enforce key antitrust laws — the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act.


Schumer calls on FCC to ban cellphone 'cramming'

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday demanding that it ban cellphone companies from charging costumers for "cramming," the practice of sending text messages offering services, such as sports scores or horoscopes, that result in unauthorized fees on monthly bills.

Schumer wants to stop cellphone companies from charging costumers for third-party fees unless direct consent has been given.


Senate condemns Iran’s human rights record

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning Irans treatment of its Baha’i religious minority — but only after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) removed two words he feared could be construed as endorsing the use of U.S. military force. 


Sen. Harkin proposes taxpayer survey of federal budget priorities

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Thursday proposed legislation that would give taxpayers the chance to fill out a survey on their 1040 tax forms about what federal budget priorities should be.

"Congress should receive substantive information about taxpayer's budget priorities," Harkin said. "My bill would provide taxpayers with details about how federal funds are now being spent, while also providing them with an opportunity to make their views known on how Congress should allocate dollars."