Democrats speak on expanding their majority in Denver
Rep. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks at a press conference on the need for an expanded Democratic majority in Congress at a press conference in Denver on August 27, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
Congress ended the suspense and re-enacted the FISA Amendments Act in late December, giving the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already heard argument on one aspect of the law, a living controversy to chew on.
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will delay filibuster reform to give him time to negotiate with Republicans, Democratic lawmakers and aides said.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tussled with senators on how to rouse a weakening U.S. economy and was to face House lawmakers on the issue Wednesday.
President Obama said the passage of jobs legislation in the U.S. Senate was a bipartisan step forward in getting the economy back on track.
The Federal Election Commission needs to draw up stricter disclosure rules for donors to super PACs, a group of mostly Democratic U.S. senators said Tuesday.
Extending measures in U.S. economic recovery provisions until 2012 would encourage the development of renewable energy, lawmakers said.
U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith is trying to distance himself from the Republican Party perhaps more than any other GOP senator seeking re-election, observers say.
Nine Republicans facing tough U.S. Senate races will pass up, or are considering passing up, the GOP convention, The National Journal reports.
Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley has won the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., in November.
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