Warren: Can't support a loan bill that 'squeezes' profits from students

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday that she couldn’t support a bipartisan plan to reduce student loan rates.

“I cannot support a compromise proposal that squeezes off even more profits from our kids,” Warren said on the Senate floor. “I think this whole system stinks. We shouldn’t go along with any plan that insists we continue to make profits off the backs of students. ... It’s obscene.”


Hoeven calls for conference committee on House, Senate farm bills

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) called on the House and Senate to form a conference committee on the farm bill.

“It is time to move forward with the farm bill and the next step is to go to conference with the House,” Hoeven said on the Senate floor Thursday. “We need to do it now.”


Senate votes to end debate on McCarthy's nomination to lead EPA

The Senate voted 69-31 Thursday to end debate on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

More than 10 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance McCarthy’s nomination process. There will now be eight hours of debate before a final vote on the nominee, unless time is yielded back.


Rubio: ObamaCare a 'disaster'

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called ObamaCare a "disaster" on Thursday as Republicans went to the Senate floor to counter a speech by the president defending his healthcare law. 


Manchin vows to fight EPA until it ends its 'regulatory rampage'

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday of conducting an “over-regulatory rampage.”

Manchin said that was why he could not support President Obama’s nominee to lead the EPA, Gina McCarthy. The Senate will vote on whether to end debate on McCarthy’s nomination later Thursday.

“My fight is not with her, it’s with the agency and the president,” Manchin said on the Senate floor. “And the fight will continue until the EPA stops its over-regulatory rampage.”


McConnell says he wouldn't support Perez or McCarthy nominations

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he wouldn’t support President Obama’s nominees to lead the Department of Labor and Environmental Protection Agency.

“I’ll be voting against both of these nominees,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.


Reid: Senate will take up student loan bills before August recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that the Senate could consider a student loan bill as soon as today.

“I’m very hopeful that we can wind up the conversation we’ve had on student loans,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “We need to make sure that legislation gets done before we leave here. … It’s possible we could do it today.”