Floor Action

Franken wants more free school lunches

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced a bill that would expand the free school lunch program.

“No child should have to go through the school day hungry because their family can't afford school breakfast or lunch,” Franken said. “We know hungry students don't do as well in school.”


Senate bill allows released criminals to vote

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill Thursday that would give criminals the right to vote after they are released from prison.

S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act, would restore voting rights to the nearly 3 million people who cannot vote even after they’re released from prison because they have been convicted of a felony.


Reid delays votes on ‘important’ nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) delayed votes on two "important" nominations for more than two weeks.

On Friday, the Senate was suppose to consider and confirm the nominations of Michelle Friedland to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit and David Weil to be administrator of the Department of Labor’s wage and hour division. But after members complained about having to work on a Friday, Reid decided to postpone those votes until after a two-week Easter recess.


Turner, Tsongas offer McCaskill sexual assault provisions

Reps. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) introduced legislation this week to combat sexual assault in the military.

The measure, called the FAIR Military Act, includes several provisions from legislation sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) that the Senate passed 97-0. For instance, it would limit the ability to cite a soldier's clean record when defending the person against sexual assault charges.


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.