U.S. Senate

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (credit: Getty Images)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes For Lower Child Care Costs

The New York Democrat announced Sunday she’s proposing legislation that would more than double the federal child care tax credit — and also make it refundable.

03/09/2014

Rep. Michael Grimm (Credit: Charles Norfleet/
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New York Officials Urge U.S. Senate To Approve Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

The legislation, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, aims to provide relief to homeowners who live in flood-prone areas.

03/08/2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (credit: blumenthal.senate.gov)

Sen. Blumenthal To Push For Better Rail Safety As Chairman Of Transportation Subcommittee

Blumenthal has stressed the importance of renewed investment in rail infrastructure and strong federal oversight. The senator said higher standards are needed and is looking to raise the bar in his new leadership role.

03/07/2014

Sen. Charles Schumer (credit: Getty Images)

Schumer Seeks To Dial Up Stiffer Penalties For Robocalls

Complaints about nuisance sales calls have risen sharply across New York and the nation because of robocalling, Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday.

02/05/2014

President Barack Obama claps during a press conference to nominate Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Native Janet Yellen Confirmed As Fed Chair

The Senate has easily approved Brooklyn native Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Federal Reserve.

01/06/2014

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announce a bipartisan budget deal on Dec. 10, 2013, in Washington. (credit: Getty Images)

What Gridlock? House Passes Bipartisan Budget Bill

The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber’s Republicans.

12/12/2013

Luis Quintana, the new mayor of Newark. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Report: Quintana Plans On Shaking Things Up In Newark

A month after taking over for Mayor Cory Booker, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in October, Quintana has asserted his independence, moving to fire some of Booker’s closest advisers and differentiate himself from his predecessor.

12/07/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer speaks at a news conference on Dec. 3, 2013, about a bill that would ban plastic guns. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Schumer: Plastic-Gun Bill Has Dangerous Loophole

While the Republican-controlled House on Tuesday passed a new 10-year ban on firearms that that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, some Senate Democrats say that bill is flawed.

12/03/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer leave after talking to reporters about the use of the “nuclear option” at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Drop Bomb On Congress, Go ‘Nuclear’ To End Washington Gridlock

On Thursday, Senate Democrats voted to deny Republicans the power to filibuster and block presidential appointments. It’s called the “‘nuclear option,” and it hit congress like a bomb.

11/21/2013

Sen. Cory Booker embraces Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act on Nov. 7, 2013, in Washington. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate OKs Gay Rights Bill Banning Discrimination

Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote as a historic step although it could prove short-lived.

11/07/2013

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) (credit: booker.senate.gov)

Sen. Cory Booker Maintains Optimism About Bringing Change To Washington

It’s Election Day across the region. But newly sworn in Sen. Cory Booker gets to sit this one out. He was elected to take over the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat last month in a special election.

11/05/2013

Newark Mayor And Senate Hopeful Cory Booker Attends Election Night Gathering

Cory Booker To Be Sworn In As Senator Oct. 31

Booker, a Democrat, was elected last week to complete the 15 months remaining on the term of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June at age 89.

10/23/2013

Cory Booker delivers his victory speech after defeating Steve Lonegan in the U.S. Senate race. (credit: Getty Images)

Cory Booker: I’ll Bring Bipartisan Spirit To Washington

A day after winning New Jersey’s vacant Senate seat, Booker said he’s talking to officials in Washington about when he might be sworn in.

10/17/2013

Newly elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker speaks after winning a special election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Booker, the current mayor of Newark, New Jersey, defeated Republican Steve Lonegan to replace Frank Lautenberg who died in June.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Booker Wins New Jersey U.S. Senate Race

Democrat Cory Booker thanked New Jerseyans for coming out to vote Wednesday, as he won the special election to complete the final year of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.

10/16/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 15, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate Leaders Try To Broker Budget Deal After House Effort Collapses

Senate leaders have taken control of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial shutdown of the federal government.

10/15/2013

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