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  • Feinstein Clashes With CIA Chief Over Computer Searches

    The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and the CIA director argued publicly over whether the spy agency may have broken the law to thwart a report on its detention and interrogation methods.

  • Iran Sanctions Legislation Pushed by U.S. Senate Republicans

    U.S. Senate Republicans are trying to force Democrats to allow a vote on added Iran sanctions that are opposed by President Barack Obama.

  • How to Judge Obamacare Alternatives

    The rocky rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has forced President Barack Obama to express his openness, albeit half-heartedly, to reforms that might accomplish the law’s goals. In response, congressional Republicans have offered no fewer than three major alternatives to Obamacare, the most recent being an overhaul plan from Republican Senators Tom Coburn, Richard Burr and Orrin Hatch. All these proposals address the issue at the heart of the law’s name -- the affordability of health care.

  • Republican Senators Pitch Obamacare Replacement for 2017

    Republican U.S. senators opposed to Obamacare said the best alternative would be a narrower system of tax credits for Americans to buy health insurance without any of the mandates for people or companies to participate.

  • Republicans Balk With Delays to Protest Senate Rule Shift

    U.S. Senate Republicans, stripped of their ability to stop confirmation of almost all of President Barack Obama’s nominees, are putting the brakes on them instead.

  • Senate Rejects One-Year Return to Lower Student Loan Rate

    Talks to broker a compromise on government-backed college financial aid intensified after Republicans blocked a Democratic plan to cancel the July 1 doubling of a loan rate for 7 million low-income students.

  • Senators Request Probe of For-Profit College Rules

    Republican Senators Richard Burr and Tom Coburn called for an investigation of government disclosure of proposed regulations restricting federal aid to Apollo Group Inc., Education Management Corp. and other for-profit colleges.

  • Tea Party-Business Rift Shown in Lawmakers’ Voting Scores

    Nine Senate Republicans yesterday joined 169 of their House colleagues in defying the small- government Tea Party movement by voting to pass a bipartisan budget deal, the latest marker in an internal power struggle that could redefine the party.

  • U.S. Senate Advances Democrat-Backed Veterans Jobs Bill

    The U.S. Senate voted to advance a Democratic measure to create a job program for military veterans.

  • Obamacare’s Failings Undermine Republican Goals

    On May 20, 2009, four Republicans -- Representatives Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes and Senators Richard Burr and Tom Coburn -- unveiled their alternative to the health- care plans then being considered by congressional Democrats. “We have introduced a comprehensive health care reform bill, the Patients’ Choice Act that, we believe, will bring us far closer to the goal of universal coverage than the Obama plan,” they wrote in a joint essay.

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