Senate

Reid: 'We stand with the people of Fort Hood'

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.”

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Senate Dems block GOP amendments to unemployment bill

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.

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Sanders: Supreme Court decision turns US into oligarchy

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.

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McConnell calls for vote on right-to-work measure

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.

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Cruz bill would stop Iranian ‘terrorist’ from entering US

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.

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