U.S. Senate

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand discusses her bill supporting same-sex adoptions on May 17, 2015, in New York City. (credit: Ginny Kosola/WCBS 880)

Gillibrand Bill Would Prevent Anti-LGBT Adoption Bias

New York is one of seven states that explicitly ban discrimination in adoption based on sexual orientation.

05/17/2015

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Blumenthal: Time For Computers On Senate Floor

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is among those fighting for a technological update.

05/06/2015

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch testifies during a confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate Leaders Reach Deal For Vote On Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

U.S. Senate leaders on Tuesday said they have reached a deal to vote on Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general.

04/21/2015

From left to right, Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Harry Reid of Nevada and Dick Durbin of Illinois (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Harry Reid’s Exit Sets Off Senate Leadership Feud Between Schumer, Durbin

According to Durbin’s version of events, Schumer pledged his support for Durbin to hang onto the No. 2 job as Democratic whip. According to Schumer, that never happened.

04/01/2015

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch testifies during a confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats Press For Vote On Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

A letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signed by all Senate Democrats says Lynch’s nomination has been pending longer than any nominee for attorney general in the past three decades.

03/05/2015

House Speaker John Boehner walks to the House floor March 3, 2015, to vote on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. (credit: Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)

Congress Sends Homeland Security Bill To Obama Without Conditions

The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight.

03/03/2015

In this handout provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2015 Policy Conference on March 2, 2015, in Washington. (credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

Sen. Schumer Will Attend Netanyahu Speech On Capitol Hill, Rep. Rangel Will Not

Critics have charged that House Speaker John Boehner ignored protocol by inviting Netanyahu without first consulting the president and that the speech opens the Capitol up to Israeli politics.

03/02/2015

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Congress Passes Temporary Homeland Security Funding Bill To Avoid Shutdown

The battle surrounding long term funding is actually over immigration reform.

02/28/2015

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk as the U.S. Congress struggles to find a solution to fund the Department of Homeland Security on February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The DHS budget is set to expire at midnight this evening after the House of Representatives failed to pass a short term funding bill earlier today. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. House Passes 1-Week DHS Funding Bill Ahead Of Midnight Deadline

The U.S. House of Representatives late Friday passed a bill extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security by one week — just two hours before a midnight deadline.

02/27/2015

Firefighters remove debris from the smoking site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

The Top 14 News Stories Of 2014

In a year where New York City welcomed a new mayor there have been a host of stories that have shaped the landscape of the Tri-State area, the country and the world over.

12/31/2014

FILE -- A rape kit (credit: Getty Images)

Congress Poised To Dedicate $41 Million To Help End Backlog Of Rape Kits

The funding is included the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill.

12/11/2014

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Blumenthal: Air Bag Recall Should Be Expanded, Include Loaner Vehicles

Pointing to reports of incidents in regions outside the current air bag recall areas, the Connecticut Democrat said the evidence points to the need for nationwide action.

11/20/2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Blumenthal Wants To Put Commuter Tax Benefit Back On Track

The Connecticut Democrat said Monday he’s pushing for Congress to restore the full tax benefit that expired last year, giving all commuters “parity in the tax treatment they receive.”

11/17/2014

U.S. Capitol (Credit, Randy Yagi)

GOP Takes Control Of U.S. Senate For First Time In Eight Years

Control of the U.S. Senate was the major question as voters headed to the polls around the nation Tuesday.

11/04/2014

FILE -- In this photo illustration, U.S. Treasury checks are piled at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia. (credit: Getty Images)

Lawmakers Seek To End Benefits To Suspected Nazi War Criminals

A bill crafted by Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania will be offered in mid-November, when Congress returns to session following the midterm elections.

10/23/2014

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