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  • Senators plan bill to block benefits for ex-Nazis

    October 23, 2014 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Democratic senators say they will soon introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits. Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania revealed plans for their bill Thursday. Their announcement comes four days after The Associated Press... more »
  • Obama HHS nominee gets first turn before senators

    May 8, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the federal health care agency - and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul - is about to face senators who will help decide her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears Thursday before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two... more »
  • Senators kill proposal to raise minimum wage

    April 24, 2014 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have rejected a proposal that could have increased the minimum wage in Louisiana, a vote that's expected to shelve the debate for the legislative session. Without objection Thursday, the Senate Labor Committee killed the bill by Sen. Ben Nevers, a Bogalusa Democrat. The House Labor Committee earlier... more »
  • Senators back state management fof carbon emissions

    April 15, 2014 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal advancing in the Legislature. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee has approved a proposal by its chairman, Sen. Mike Walsworth, to let the state Department of Environmental... more »
  • Senators hear from public on next year's budget

    May 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care and educational programs traveled to the Louisiana Capitol to ask senators to pay for those services in next year's budget. For hours Friday, the Senate Finance Committee heard requests for cuts to be reversed, for programs to be... more »
  • Pens look to go up 2-0 over Senators

    May 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    PITTSBURGH - In the lone Stanley Cup playoff game of the night the Penguins are playing host to the Senators in Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. The Pens won the opening game on Tuesday, 4-1. Game 3 will take place Sunday in Ottawa. The Pittsburgh power... more »
  • Senators back bill blocking federal gun regulation

    May 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It took a Senate panel less than five minutes to approve a bill prohibiting the enforcement of federal laws in Louisiana regarding ownership of semi-automatic weapons. The Senate judiciary committee took a bit longer to approve a separate bill that would criminalize the release and publication of names... more »
  • Obama slams senators who opposed gun measure

    April 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day" in Washington. He says a minority of senators decided "it wasn't worth it" to protect the nation's children. Obama spoke in the Rose Garden shortly... more »
  • Debate on immigration to get under way

    April 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week. Their plan is sure to open a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11... more »
  • Senators press parochial hopes in spending debate

    March 18, 2013 6:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has given a big boost to a bipartisan full-year funding bill despite opposition from Republicans who were denied chances to offer changes aimed at boosting military readiness and easing closures of air traffic control towers. The legislation advanced on a 63-35 procedural vote that sets up... more »
  • Senators reach deal on immigration

    January 28, 2013 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. The deal being announced Monday covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in... more »
  • GOP senators seek more answers after meeting with Rice

    November 27, 2012 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says talking points she relied on when publicly discussing the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya simply had it wrong, and there was "no intention to mislead the American people." Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell met today... more »
  • Two-thirds of senators seek to cancel veto session

    June 28, 2012 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two-thirds of state senators have turned in paperwork seeking to scrap a planned July 14 veto session, more than enough to cancel the session. But the decision isn't final yet. Brenda Hodge, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Senate, said Thursday that 26 senators already had sent in... more »
  • Senators reject bill removing smoker protection

    April 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bid to repeal a law that bans employers from discriminating against smokers has failed to win traction in the Legislature. The repeal, sought by hospitals and health care leaders, was narrowly rejected in a 3-2 vote by the Senate labor committee amid concerns it could lead to... more »
  • Senators advise Against MF Global Bonuses

    March 15, 2012 7:43 PM

    Senators told trustees overseeing MF Global it would be outrageous to pay bonuses to top executives with more than a billion dollars of investors' money still missing. MF Global was run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine who testified before regulators he didn't know where the money was. Former... more »
  • Senators begin their 2012-13 budget review Tuesday

    March 13, 2012 6:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are getting their first in-depth look at the governor's budget proposal for closing an $895 million shortfall next year. Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012-13 spending plans involve the hiring of private companies to handle more state services, the layoff of up to 2,700 state workers and... more »
  • Alabama senators wear LSU colors after game

    November 8, 2011 3:50 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama's two U.S. senators kept their bet with Louisiana's senators and wore purple ties in the U.S. Senate chamber. The senators had a bet on Saturday's LSU-Alabama football game, with the losers having to wear the other teams' colors on the Senate floor. Sen. Richard... more »
  • Senators subpoena report from governor's office

    June 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have subpoenaed the Jindal administration, seeking a report about the governor's efforts to hire a private company to run a state worker health insurance program. The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the issuance of the subpoena Wednesday, a week after the governor's top financial... more »
  • Lawmakers subpoena Transocean officials

    June 16, 2010 4:59 AM

    State senators subpoenaed Transocean officials to get them to appear at a Thursday hearing aimed at getting more details about the oil spill gushing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate Natural Resources Committee sent the subpoena after Transocean told them its officials won't be attending because they'll be in... more »
  • LA Senators included in Gulf tour

    May 22, 2010 5:08 PM

    U.S. Senators Mary Landreiu (D-LA) and David Vitter (R-LA) will accompany Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on a tour of Louisiana's coast on Monday. The group will conduct a flyover of the oil-affected areas, discuss response efforts from federal officials and... more »
  • Justice questions the way court nominees are grilled

    May 14, 2010 8:36 PM

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is questioning the way some senators may grill the woman nominated to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Kennedy said lawmakers should not try to figure out how Elena Kagan would rule on speciifc issues. He says they should instead look at if her... more »
  • BCS boss fires back at senators

    March 10, 2010 8:10 PM

    The head of college football's Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, says Congress needs to get on with work more important than how the BCS distributes money. But Bill Hancock still has to respond to a question-filled letter sent by Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Max Baucus of Montana. They... more »
  • La. senators split over health care reform

    March 4, 2010 5:05 AM

    Louisiana's U.S. senators are split down party lines over President Barack Obama's proposal for a vote on a health care overhaul. Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu favors going ahead with the vote while Sen. David Vitter doesn't. President Barack Obama wants Congress to use the so-called reconciliation process, which would let... more »

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