The legislation extends the tax credit for two years.
Senate Republicans announced Thursday that they have put nearly all of their eggs into one amendment basket.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) combined several GOP amendments proposed to a five-month extension of federal unemployment insurance and submitted one encompassing amendment.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) mourned the tragedy at Fort Hood, saying his thoughts are with the victims.
“We have to reflect on what took place in Fort Hood yesterday — another tragedy,” Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Our hearts are all broken at yet another tragedy at this military facility.”
The Senate confirmed three of President Obama’s executive branch nominees by voice-votes Wednesday.
Senate Democrats defeated an attempt by Republicans to vote on amendments to the long-term unemployment insurance extension.
Republicans tried to table pending amendments that Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed to “fill the amendment tree” but they didn’t have the votes.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the Supreme Court decision to lift caps on political contributions would result in the “billionaire class” controlling government.
“We have got to be very, very careful that we don’t let this great country that people have fought and died for become a plutocracy or oligarchy and that unfortunately is where we are moving,” Sanders said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
The Senate voted 61-38 to end debate on a measure that would restore the federal benefits.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demanded Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) allow a vote on a “right-to-work” measure.
McConnell said he offered the bill as an amendment to the unemployment insurance extension currently being considered by the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget would result in “more poverty and less opportunity.”
Ryan released his budget Tuesday, which reduces taxes, but cuts federal programs.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that Iran has nominated an “acknowledged terrorist,” who held the U.S. embassy hostage, to be its next United Nations ambassador.
“It is deliberately insulting and contemptuous,” Cruz said after introducing a bill that would prevent the ambassador from entering the United States.