Filibusters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, walk to the chamber after collaborating on an agreement in the Senate on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 08, 2018 - 12:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its...
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Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, center, talks with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, before the start of a meeting on immigration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 25, 2018 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-day government shutdown and months of dysfunction on immigration and the budget, a group of senators and their leaders have settled on a bold plan to untie their latest legislative knot: having an actual debate on the Senate floor. It speaks volumes about Washington'...
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Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, center, talks with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, before the start of a meeting on immigration Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 24, 2018 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-day government shutdown and months of dysfunction on immigration and the budget, a group of senators and their leaders have settled on a bold plan to untie their latest legislative knot: having an actual debate on the Senate floor. It speaks volumes about Washington'...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, walks with other members of Congress to the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, to begin a vote on a short term spending bill to reopen the government. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 22, 2018 - 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Prominent immigrant advocacy groups are skewering Democratic senators for relenting in a fight that linked immigration changes to continued government funding. The youth group United We Dream says Senate Democrats who...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., heads to the chamber with fellow Democrats for a procedural vote aimed at reopening the government, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 22, 2018 - 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues. Senate Republican leader McConnell...
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Night falls on the U.S. Capitol on second day of the federal shutdown as lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 21, 2018 - 11:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., returns to chamber as the federal shutdown enters Day 2 amid a partisan blame game on both sides, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 21, 2018 - 4:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn on the second day of a government shutdown. The White House put out a brief statement...
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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., walks to the chamber after a closed meeting with fellow democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 20, 2018 - 1:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is accusing President Donald Trump of reneging on a deal he thought they had neared on immigration and spending. The New York Democrat said on the Senate floor that after...
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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., walks to the chamber after a closed meeting with fellow democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 20, 2018 - 1:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as...
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From left, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the Republican Conference, arrive to speak after passing the GOP tax reform bill in the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Republicans muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades through the House. In a last-minute glitch, however, Democrats said three provisions in the bill, including one that would allow parents to use college savings accounts for home-schooling expenses for young children, violate Senate budget rules. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the House would vote on the package again on Wednesday (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2017 - 6:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Great titles can sell books. Bad ones can slow down tax bills in Congress — though just a bit. The Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill will apparently take a few extra hours and a second House vote for lawmakers to send it to President Donald Trump for his signature. That's because...
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