| May 22, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Sen. Frank Lautenberg died Tuesday at age 89, the Senate’s oldest member. He had missed most Senate votes since late 2012 because of declining health -- but managed to make it into the Capitol to vote for Gina McCarthy as secretary of...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 12:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats struggled without success Monday night in marathon, closed-door talks to resolve the fate of several of President Barack Obama's stalled appointees, a dispute that threatened what...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:05 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate pact has smoothed the confirmation path for a batch of President Barack Obama's nominations and removed, for now, a Democratic threat to impose procedural changes weakening minority Republicans' clout. Yet there...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 10:01 AM
WASHINGTON — Thomas E. Perez was confirmed as secretary of Labor on Thursday, ending a long battle over his nomination in a key test of this week’s deal to end a showdown over Senate rules.
Perez, currently the nation’s top civil...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 9:44 PM
Back in 1981, environmentalists were outraged when President-elect Ronald Reagan named James Watt as secretary of the interior. Democrats plied him with critical questions during his confirmation hearings but, when Reagan’s Cabinet was confirmed,...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Back in 1981, environmentalists were outraged when President-elect Ronald Reagan named James Watt as secretary of the interior. Democrats plied him with critical questions during his confirmation hearings but, when Reagan's Cabinet was confirmed, the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 1:06 PM
WASHINGTON – The Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, ending what had been the longest delay for any of President Obama’s second-term Cabinet picks.
The 59-40 vote was the...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led congressional battles over three decades to toughen gun laws, ban smoking on planes and crack down on drunk driving,...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:49 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three environmental groups are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to either assume oversight of Indiana's water pollution control program or order the state to correct "serious" permitting deficiencies the groups say...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:58 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary, leaving two controversial choices pending to fill President Obama’s second-term Cabinet.
Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., won a vote of...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON — Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was confirmed Tuesday as President Obama’s secretary of Commerce in a 97-1 Senate vote.
Pritzker, a Democratic mega-donor whose family founded the Hyatt Hotel chain, was the president’s...