- Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill Updated: Jul-29-15 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs.
- Senator objects to anti-terrorism rules for online sites Updated: Jul-28-15 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and skeptic of broad government surveillance, objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity.
- State of the Race: The campaign for Pennsylvania's US seat Updated: Jul-26-15 10:49 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Democrats can expect to decide a primary contest in nine months to see who will challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican who is seeking his second six-year term in the 2016 election. The seat is expected to be crucial to determining control of the U.S. Senate, and Democrats hope their four-to-three registration advantage in Pennsylvania and heightened voter interest in the presidential election will deliver a victory to their eventual nominee. Here is a look at the race and the candidates:
- Senate panel would allow marijuana vendors to use banks Updated: Jul-23-15 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers.
- House passes another bill to stem California drought Updated: Jul-16-15 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought.
- Veto struggle with Congress possible over Iran nuclear deal Updated: Jul-14-15 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Congress can't block the complex nuclear agreement the Obama administration announced with Iran on Tuesday, but a veto struggle is a virtual certainty as lawmakers try to undermine the deal by insisting that numerous sanctions remain in place.
- Democratic Senate hopefuls react cautiously to pier shooting Updated: Jul-09-15 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON - California's U.S. senators are reacting to the shooting death of a San Francisco woman at a popular sightseeing pier by saying something is broken with an immigration system that allowed the shooting suspect to be free despite an extensive criminal history and five deportations.
- FBI, Justice Dept. take encryption concerns to Congress Updated: Jul-08-15 10:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers' right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.