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U.S. Senate Votes Down Compromised Proposal to Expand Gun Background Checks

April 17, 2013

“The bipartisan compromise was championed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.”

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Envelope Addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) Tests Positive For Ricin at U.S. Capitol’s Off-Site Mail Facility

April 16, 2013

“After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive…The envelope was addressed to a U.S. senator, though the sources would not say which one.”

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Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Pledges to Join Republican Filibuster of Sen. Harry Reid’s Gun Control Bill

April 8, 2013

“”While nobody knows yet what Sen. Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid bill, Sen. McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill.””

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National Journal: Secret Republican Plan to Repeal ObamaCare Through Senate Budget Reconciliation

March 28, 2013

“Using the reconciliation process would be complicated and contentious. Senate rules would require Republicans to demonstrate to the parliamentarian that their repeal provisions would affect spending or revenue and Democrats were sure to challenge them every step of the way. So the meetings were small and secret.”

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Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) Proposes Bill to Break-Up “Too Big to Fail” Banks

March 28, 2013

“The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger now than before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis.”

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Monsanto Protection Act Protects GMO Companies From Litigation Even If At-Fault

March 28, 2013

“The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.”

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) Declares Support for Same-Sex Marriage

March 27, 2013

“North Carolina voters last year overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment declaring marriage as being between a man and a woman.”

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U.S. Senator Tim Johnson From South Dakota Becomes 5th Democratic Senator to Decline Re-Election

March 26, 2013

“Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006 but later returned to the Senate and won re-election in 2008. He has recovered significantly, though sometimes uses a motorized scooter.”

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President Obama Pressures Congress to Introduce Immigration Reform Bill by April

March 26, 2013

“Speaking at the White House at a naturalization ceremony for 28 people, Obama indicated that he wanted to stick to the timetable he outlined in his inaugural address in January.”

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Budget Amendment Ending Subsidies For “Too Big To Fail” Banks

March 25, 2013

“Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the amendment, which ends “Too Big To Fail” subsidies or funding advantages for Wall Street mega-banks with more than $500 billion in assets. Their amendment was adopted on a 99-0 vote Friday night.”

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U.S. Senate Rejects Budget Resolution Carbon Tax Amendment

March 25, 2013

“The big tent notwithstanding, the Senate rejected the amendment handily, 58 to 41. All 45 of the chamber’s Republicans voted against it, as did 13 Democrats from energy-producing or swing states.”

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Reaffirms Support For Marijuana Decriminalization: “I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives”

March 24, 2013

“”Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think, you know, look what would have happened, it would have ruined their lives,” Paul added. “They got lucky, but a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky.””

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U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Endorsing Internet Sales Tax

March 23, 2013

“Though the vote was merely a show of sentiment, the one-sided outcome showed that supporters of collecting the levies could prevail should the Senate consider binding legislation later this year.”

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U.S. Senate Passes First Budget in 4 Years — By a Vote of 50 to 49

March 23, 2013

“All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for [Republican] Mitt Romney.”

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Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Proposes Tax Break For Medical Devices

March 22, 2013

“The 2.3 percent excise tax levied on medical device manufacturers, which is designed to help pay for President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, could cripple the largest source of Tennessee’s foreign exports, Alexander said.”

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