The U.S. Senate cleared and sent to President Barack Obama the first bipartisan budget produced by a divided Congress in 27 years, resolving for now spending issues that had helped spur a government shutdown in October.
Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia said he might support Lawrence Summers to head the Federal Reserve even as he raised questions about the former Obama administration official’s political independence.
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.
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.
Signs of the Republican Party rift between business and the Tea Party are showing up where Democrats most want to see them: in the campaign account of Michelle Nunn, daughter of four-term Georgia Senator Sam Nunn.