NJ senators thank EPA for easing fuel shipping rules to aid storm recovery

New Jersey Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D) and Robert Menendez (D) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for expediting delivery of fuel to their state, after Hurricane Sandy heavily hit the region.

“The fuel shortage and power outages at gas stations are holding our state back from a full recovery,” the senators said Tuesday in a statement. “We will continue working to do everything possible to get our first responders and all New Jerseyans moving again.”


Heller says he needs Obama voters to win Senate seat

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Monday that he’d need President Obama voters' support to beat Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) on Nov. 6.

“There are plenty of crossover voters,” Heller told the Las Vegas Sun. “I see plenty of Obama-Heller voters, but I don’t see too many Romney-Berkley voters.

“I clearly need the Obama voters to win.”


NJ senators welcome buses from DOT to aid Sandy recovery

New Jersey Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D) and Robert Menendez (D) thanked the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Monday for sending buses to help alleviate their state’s transportation problems caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“Getting our transportation system back up and running is a critical part of New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy,” Lautenberg said in a statement Monday. “The buses being dispatched to New Jersey by the federal government will add much needed capacity so that residents can go to work, reach their families, buy groceries, and resume their daily lives.”

The DOT has contracted with private operators to provide 200 buses to New Jersey, 70 of which were supposed to arrive Monday. The rest will come later this week.


Democratic senators campaign for Obama in battleground Iowa

Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Iowa voters Sunday why they should reelect President Obama on Nov. 6.

Harkin pointed to the Affordable Care Act, which he said allowed thousands of young Iowans to remain on their parent’s health insurance until age 26, according the The Quad-City Times.

“I believe Iowans are going to say ‘yes’ to four more years of Barack Obama,” Harkin said Sunday at the Obama for America Davenport office.


Report: Sen. Kirk hoping to return in January

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who suffered a stroke in January, is hoping to return to work in Washington this coming January, according to a report from NBC in Chicago.

Kirk spoke on camera with NBC over the weekend after climbing 37 flights of stairs as part of a rehabilitation program at the Rehab Institute of Chicago. He said the stair climb at Willis Tower is an event that helped keep him motivated over several long months of rehabilitation.


Sen. Paul: Clinton needs to answer for Libyan terrorist attack

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to answer to the charges that she denied a security request for the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the terrorist attack.

On Sept. 11, four Americans were killed in Benghazi, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Republicans have criticized the administration for its handling of the terrorist attack, especially since new reports have suggested that Stevens’s request for more security at the consulate was denied by the State Department ahead of the attack.


Democratic senators urge Commerce to make South Korea play fair in trade deal

Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) continued to urge the U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday to reject what they said was falsified data from foreign competitors in South Korea in order to protect U.S. jobs.

Stabenow and Brown said they are trying to protect jobs in their home states. Whirlpool filed a case with the Commerce Department regarding the dumping of residential washers, made in South Korea and Mexico, into the U.S. market. The lawmakers said these unfairly dumped imports place companies that manufacture their product in America, such as Whirlpool, at an unfair disadvantage.


Reid: GOP obstruction preventing even greater job growth

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that October’s job report would have been even better if his Republican colleagues would “stop trying to appease the Tea Party.”

“We have a great deal more to do and too many Nevadans are still out of work,” Reid said in a statement Friday. “But this recovery would be even stronger if Republicans had decided to work with Democrats, instead of obstructing at every turn. As we look to the challenges facing us in the coming months, I hope that my Republican colleagues will reevaluate their strategy, stop trying to appease the Tea Party and instead choose to help all Americans by reaching across the aisle to get things done.”


Grassley asks Holder to let inspector general handle whistleblower review

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to delegate a review of FBI whistleblower protections mandated by the president to the department’s inspector general.

In a letter sent to Holder Thursday, Grassley said that the Justice Department has a “horrendous” record when it comes to rectifying FBI whistleblower cases.