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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.
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 Read More
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, Read More
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 Read More
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 Read More
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 the Wednesday night votes: [View the story "Hours to go: Congress moving to end shut down, raise debt ceiling" on Storify]
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 deadline, here’s what Connecticut’s members in Congress and other important people have to say ahead of the vote: [View the story “Shutdown Read More
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 Read More
Congress failed Monday to pass legislation that would fund the government — making this the first time the government has shut down since 1996.
The House and Senate farm bills for the first time would open a trickle of funding for a program that doubles food stamp benefits that are spent on fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. The program is currently operating with private funds at 300 farmers markets across the nation, including seven in the California Read More