The campaign arm of Senate Republicans on Tuesday capitalized on the government shutdown ending the prior night by handing out t-shirts that read “I shut down the government” to Senate Democrats.
Florida senator Bill Nelson (D.) is labeling himself as a career-long opponent to drilling off his state’s coast, but he briefly dropped his guard during former president Barack Obama’s first term.
Law school dean Alexander Acosta picked up a key Democratic vote in his bid to serve as the next Secretary of Labor.
Representative Ryan Zinke (R., Mont.) was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior on Wednesday. The congressman received bipartisan support, passing the full Senate by a vote of 68-31.
Patrick Murphy used his first day as the Democrats’ official Senate candidate in Florida to accuse Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of ignoring a plea for help from the family of a wounded veteran and is now having that line of attack rebuked by both Rubio and Florida’s Senior Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Democratic senators joined some of their Republican colleagues in calls for U.S. military aid to Ukraine following a closed-door briefing with senior Obama administration officials, the Associated Press reports.
Leading senators advocated in favor of immediate airstrikes and drone strokes in Iraq following the seizure of major cities by an extremist Muslim terror group, the Hill reports.
President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act fails to address the problem of escalating health care costs, according to testimony by health care experts at a committee hearing Tuesday.