WASHINGTON — A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a floor debate next week as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on President Barack Obama to rescind his veto threat. Continue reading
Mitch McConnell conquered a dream he had worked toward for more than a half century when he was sworn in as Senate majority leader of the 114th Congress. How did he get there, and what are his plans for the Senate now? Political editor and reporter Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to look back at the lawmaker’s journey and his plans to bring more debate and compromise to the Senate floor. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following. Continue reading
Negotiators in the House and Senate unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending bill Tuesday night that would fund most of the government through September 2015. So what’s in the deal? We have a quick breakdown. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
Updated 1:52 p.m. EST WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate showdown that mixes energy politics with a fight over Louisiana’s Senate seat. The vote was 252-161 … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won election by fellow Republicans on Thursday to become Senate majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January, fulfilling a long-held ambition. Continue reading
The U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to drastically curb carbon emissions after months of secret talks. Will either side be able to deliver on the pledge? Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University speaks with Gwen Ifill about the pressures that led to the landmark plan and which other countries may be influenced to address climate change. Continue reading