Janet Yellen’s nomination to be chairman of the Federal Reserve won support from the Senate Banking Committee today in a 14-8 vote, moving her bid to be the Fed’s first female head to the Senate for confirmation.
The most significant change in three decades in how the Senate approves presidential nominees could make one of the least productive Congresses even more gridlocked, endangering efforts to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and fund the government, Republicans say.
The U.S. Senate changed its rules to let a simple majority confirm most presidential nominees, defying opposition from Republicans who called it the most dangerous revision of its process in more than two centuries.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’s weighing a change to the chamber’s rules on handling nominations after Republicans blocked three of President Barack Obama’s choices for a federal appeals court in the past month.
President Barack Obama’s handling of his signature health-care law is triggering a rebellion by some House Democrats who could back a Republican measure to allow Americans to keep their insurance plans through next year.
President Barack Obama’s one-year reprieve for Americans losing insurance and rare display of contrition were meant to quell the political crisis engulfing Democrats over the botched roll-out of his health-care law.
Two Senate Democrats are rallying support for measures to delay Obamacare penalties or let people keep their health plans as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies again on the flawed rollout.
Two Democratic senators from states that lean Republican are rallying support for proposals that would delay penalties or let people keep existing health plans after flaws hobbled the federal online exchanges.