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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Blumenthal meets SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland

It was Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s turn Wednesday to meet the Obama administration’s wandering Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. He called the 63-year-old chief judge of the federal appeals court
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Murphy going to Netanyahu speech after all

After weeks of uncertainty, Sen. Chris Murphy has decided to attend the speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Murphy, a member of the

Pelosi stresses the importance of electing women, love of children at POLITICO summit

There are currently 20 women serving in the U.S. Senate and 78 in the House. Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House.

ENDA clears Senate after nearly 20 years

In a 64-33 vote, including 10 Republicans, the Senate overwhelmingly passed, 64-32, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, Thursday. The first version of the bill was introduced in 1994, but none has ever passed either chamber. The bill bans discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, pushed a broad religious […]

Senators say Twitter could reap $154 million tax break

Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) fingered Twitter as the latest Silicon Valley poster child of corporate tax avoidance, in this case through stock options that are likely to be granted when the high-flying social media company makes its IPO debut Thursday. Levin, chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and McCain, […]

ENDA debate reaffirms religious exemption

The fight over a broad religious exemption in the Employment Nondiscrimination Act is all but over. The question is whether the House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco will attempt to force the bill to a vote in the House this year. Pelosi has said all options are on the table. The Senate Wednesday approved 

Gay discrimination bill going to Senate floor

Senate majority leader Harry Reid will bring the Employment Nondiscrimination Act to the Senate floor between now and Thanksgiving, his office confirmed Monday. The bill would ban workforce discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgendered people. A vote is likely but Reid’s office cautioned that the actual vote could come after Thanksgiving. In any event Senate 

Debt and shutdown vote: What others are saying

The U.S. House and Senate have each vote to end the government shutdown and increase the debt ceiling. Here’s what Connecticut’s congressional delegation and other important people had to say about

Countdown to the shutdown vote: What your congressperson is saying

House Speaker John Boehner’s staff says the House will vote Tuesday night on a bill that could end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. With markets jittery about the debt ceiling

Day 10: Lots of meetings, guide to debt limit problem

President Obama (and Vice President Biden) Thursday will meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus in the State Dining Room. After that, they will meet with House Republican leaders and certain House GOP committee chairs in the Roosevelt Room. Republicans have more or less dropped their Obamacare demands that shut down the government and have pivoted