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9/25/2015 - Senate Democrats Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday to block a short-term spending bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed to defund Planned Parenthood beginning in October. Eight Republican senators joined Senate Democrats to vote against moving forward on the spending bill that would have stripped federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America....

7/27/2015 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood
An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order. Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge....

3/16/2015 - Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill
The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse. "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again," said majority leader Mitch McConnell on CNN on the delay in Lynch's confirmation....

11/12/2014 - United States and China Announce Landmark Climate Change Deal on Carbon Emissions
After almost a year of negotiations, the US and China announced an unprecedented pledge to limit their carbon emissions, giving hope to climate change activists worldwide. This morning, President Obama pledged that the United States will increase their efforts to curb carbon emissions, aiming for a 26-28% decrease in overall emissions by 2025, and President of China Xi Jinping announced the country's first-ever commitment to cap fast-growing carbon emissions by 2030....

11/10/2014 - President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General
Saturday, President Barack Obama officially announced Loretta Lynch as his nominee to replace outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder....

8/3/2012 - Tea Party Candidate Ted Cruz Wins Texas Runoff Election
On Tuesday, first-time political candidate Ted Cruz defeated Lt....

6/28/2012 - Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
The Supreme Court this morning upheld President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a 5-4 decision....

8/10/2011 - Senator Reid Selects Patty Murray to Co-Chair Debt Panel
Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced his decision to select Senator Patty Murray to co-chair the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a debt panel formed last week to designate approximately $1.5 trillion in cuts from the federal budget....

4/6/2011 - 41 Senators to Filibuster CR Defunding Planned Parenthood
Forty-one senators, composed of thirty-nine Democrats and two Independents led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), announced that they will filibuster any spending bill blocking funding to Planned Parenthood....

4/21/2010 - Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Hastings Law Student Group Discrimination Case
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case where the University of California's Hastings College of Law has refused to recognize a student group, the Christian Legal Society (CLS), because it violates the school's anti-discrimination policies by banning all non-Christian and all lesbian or gay students from membership....

4/16/2007 - SC Senators Drop Mandatory Ultrasound Provision
A South Carolina State Senate subcommittee dropped a provision last Thursday on an abortion bill that would have required women to view an ultrasound image before having an abortion....

7/6/2005 - Senators Differ on Impact of Nuclear Option on Supreme Court Nomination
With Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, Senators on both sides have begun to discuss the potential impact of the so-called "nuclear option" and the deal that took it off the table in May....

5/11/2005 - Nuclear Option Could Receive a Vote as Early as This Week
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced yesterday that he intended to bring the first of several controversial Bush nominees for the federal judiciary to the Senate floor for a vote after passage of a transportation funding bill this week....

6/16/2004 - Supreme Court Rules on Sexual Harassment Liability
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 that workers are allowed to sue their former employers after leaving their jobs due to intolerable sexual harassment....

12/16/2002 - Republican Senator Joins Call for Lotts Resignation
The second-highest ranked Republican Senator has joined the growing cry for Trent Lotts resignation (R-MS) as incoming Senate Majority Leader following his racist remarks last week....

11/18/2002 - Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Approved By Senate
Despite continued opposition from the Feminist Majority and other womens rights and civil rights groups, Michael McConnell, President Bushs nominee for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, was approved by the US Senate Friday in a voice vote....

11/14/2002 - Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Anti-Women Nominees
In an attempt by Democrats to ease relations with Republicans in the last days before control of the Senate shifts to the right, the US Senate Judiciary Committee approved two of President Bushs anti-womens rights, anti-civil rights judicial nominees today....

11/13/2002 - Judiciary Committee to Consider Two Anti-Women Nominees Tomorrow
Two appellate court nominees opposed by the Feminist Majority and a wide range of womens rights and civil rights groups are scheduled to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the New York Times reported today....

9/19/2002 - Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Does Little To Appease Critics In Senate Committee Hearing
Michael McConnell consistently tried to distance himself from his anti-womens rights and anti-civil rights writings during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on his nomination to a lifetime seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals....

9/17/2002 - Feminist Majority Opposes President Bushs Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Must Vote Against McConnell WASHINGTON, DC - With a judicial record that is clearly anti-women, Michael McConnell, President Bushs nominee to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, poses an imminent danger to womens rights, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority declared today....

9/17/2002 - Progressive Groups Join Together To Voice Opposition To Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
The Feminist Majority joined several other womens rights, civil rights and progressive groups at a press conference today to voice opposition to President Bushs nomination of Michael McConnell to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals....

9/16/2002 - Womens Groups Oppose Bushs Latest Right-Wing Judicial Nominee; McConnell To Have Senate Committee Hearing Wednesday
The Feminist Majority joined several abortion rights, civil rights and other progressive groups in opposing President Bushs nomination of Michael McConnell, a right-wing judicial activist, to the Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals....

5/30/2001 - New Leadership Chosen for Key Senate Committees
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) has announced that he will not seek his former position as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee when Democrats gain control of the Senate and its committees next week....

5/9/2001 - Bush Nominates First 11 Federal Judges
In an effort ensure confirmation of his first batch of federal appeals court nominees, President Bush announced a diverse list of candidates that includes two men originally nominated by former President Clinton, two African Americans, three women and one Latino....

5/1/2001 - Article Reveals Bush Connections to Independent Womens Forum
An article in todays Washington Post exposes what feminists have long known the connections between the George W....