Floor Action

Sessions on Obama's deportation policy: ‘This is open borders’

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s administration has failed to enforce U.S. immigration laws and therefore have created an “open borders” situation.

“This is open borders,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If you get passed the border and into the interior … then you can just stay. This cannot be the policy of the United States of America.”


HELP leaders block bill requiring background checks in schools

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tried to pass a bill that would have required background checks on all school employees, but Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected to their unanimous consent request.

The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, S. 1596, would require schools to conduct background checks on all school employees in order for the school to get federal education funding.


Senate advances Ninth Circuit nominee

The Senate voted 56-41 Thursday to end debate on the nomination of Michelle Friedland to be U.S. Circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit. 

Under the rules, there will be up to 30 hours of debate, but Republicans and Democrats can yield back time to expedite final confirmation.


House kills conservative budget plan

The House on Thursday rejected the Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget alternative, on the way to completing consideration of the GOP 2015 spending blueprint.