The debate over increasing the federal minimum wage this year can help Democratic candidates win in key U.S. battleground states, said national labor leaders who plan to press the issue in congressional elections.
A politically divided U.S. labor board proposed speeding up the process for employees to form a union, reviving a 2011 rule fiercely fought by business groups before it was thrown out by a court on a technicality.
Lamar Alexander, the No. 3 Senate Republican leader, will step down from his leadership job in January, saying he can do more to help set budget priorities and curb government regulations as an “independent senior senator.”
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 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.
A month after voting for an immigration bill that many House Republicans see as political poison, three Senate Republicans are heading into 2014 re- election campaigns with few signs of damage -- so far.