Floor Action

Senate Dems demand DOJ intervene in GM recall

Several Senate Democrats demanded Friday that the Department of Justice intervene in the General Motors recall of millions of cars because of faulty ignition switches.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter Friday asking for his help.


Senate bill provides insurance for cities at risk of terrorism

A bipartisan Senate bill would require the federal government to cover some expenses if terrorists attack a city.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced Thursday that they have drafted a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which provides federal insurance against losses from terrorist attacks that could bankrupt a city.


Senate passes funding transparency bill

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to ensure transparency on how all federal funds are spent.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced S. 994, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, and got unanimous consent Thursday to pass the measure with an amendment from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).


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.”