SENATE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SENATE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Milbank: Elizabeth Warren for president? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58200995-82/warren-obama-senate-presidential.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58200995-82/warren-obama-senate-presidential.html.csp">Milbank: Elizabeth Warren for president?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-20T01:01:03.424-06:00">Updated Jul 20, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • It was one of those important-but-dull hearings that don’t even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too. But Elizabeth Warren was in her element. The committee’s most junior member was the first senator to arrive, five minutes early, and when it was her turn to question the witnesses she blew past the time ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58200995@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58196210-68/women-democrats-republicans-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58196210-68/women-democrats-republicans-senate.html.csp">Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHARLES BABINGTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T19:50:42.819-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 07:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections. Wednesday’s Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats’ win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall. Recent votes on “pay equity” and family leave issues were similarly aimed at women, who are increasingly crucial to Democrats’ election hopes...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581962102014-07-17T19:50:42.819-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-17T19:50:42.819-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196210@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:42 MDT News roundup: GOP likely to take Senate, retain House http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/outofcontext/58193297-64/utah-trib-dnews-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/outofcontext/58193297-64/utah-trib-dnews-senate.html.csp">News roundup: GOP likely to take Senate, retain House</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T07:14:52.029-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 07:14AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">GOP likely to take Senate, keep House. Utah seeks SCOTUS stay on same-sex marriage ban. Experts weigh in on Shurtleff, Swallow evidence. Happy Thursday. Things are not looking good for Senate Democrats, who could lose control of the upper chamber after this midterm election. The Washington Post's Election Lab predicts that Republicans will take control of the Senate -- owning 52 seats to Dems 48 -- and the GOP will retain control of the House. There's a lot of green between now and Electio...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58193297@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:14:52 MDT Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190950-68/democrats-senate-women-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190950-68/democrats-senate-women-republicans.html.csp">Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T21:08:57.352-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 09:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s elections. The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed. Democrats sponsored the election-year bill to reverse last month’s Supreme Court ruling that closely held businesses with ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581909502014-07-16T21:08:57.352-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T21:08:57.352-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190950@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:08:57 MDT Gibson: VA has lost trust of vets, American people http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190414-68/veterans-gibson-care-trust.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190414-68/veterans-gibson-care-trust.html.csp">Gibson: VA has lost trust of vets, American people</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T20:15:28.27-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 08:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the agency’s top official said Wednesday. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the VA has created an environment where workers are afraid to raise concerns or offer suggestions for fear of retaliation and has failed to hold employees accountable for wrongdoing or negligenc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581904142014-07-16T20:15:28.27-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T20:15:28.27-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190414@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:15:28 MDT Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190318-68/democrats-women-control-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190318-68/democrats-women-control-court.html.csp">Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T16:16:10.567-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 04:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the legislation — dubbed the “Not My Boss’ Business Act” by proponents — four short of the 60 necessary...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581903182014-07-16T16:16:10.567-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T16:16:10.567-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190318@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:16:10 MDT House kicks can down road on road funding http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58188429-68/bill-senate-fund-funding.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58188429-68/bill-senate-fund-funding.html.csp">House kicks can down road on road funding</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Ashley Halsey III </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Juliet Eilperin</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T21:54:01.9-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 09:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Faced with the threat that federal money for 117,000 transportation projects would begin to dry up in two weeks, the House on Tuesday approved a nearly $11-billion patch to extend funding through May. The stop-gap fix to avert a crisis imperiling up to 700,000 construction jobs won endorsement from the White House, but the Senate is likely to tinker with it before it reaches President Barack Obama’s desk. The bill, approved by a 367-55 vote, would transfer $9.9 billion from the gen...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58188429@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:54:01 MDT Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58186941-79/pregnant-women-discrimination-workers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58186941-79/pregnant-women-discrimination-workers.html.csp">Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM RAUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T18:03:02.26-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 06:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination. The government has updated 30-year-old guidelines, citing “the persistence of overt pregnancy discrimination, as well as the emergence of more subtle discriminatory practices.” The new guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination and illegal. They prohibit employe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581869412014-07-15T18:03:02.26-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-15T18:03:02.26-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58186941@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:03:02 MDT Possible border crisis deal emerges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58171380-68/immigration-obama-senate-border.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58171380-68/immigration-obama-senate-border.html.csp">Possible border crisis deal emerges</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERICA WERNER </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and ALICIA A. CALDWELL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T17:30:01.947-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 05:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats poin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581713802014-07-10T17:30:01.947-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-10T17:30:01.947-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58171380@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:30:01 MDT Senate approves Utah land exchange http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58169564-90/senate-utah-exchange-canal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58169564-90/senate-utah-exchange-canal.html.csp">Senate approves Utah land exchange</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Burr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T17:29:57.477-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 05:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Senate approved a land exchange in Utah and a minor correction to a law with big implications for the Provo River Water Users Association during a flurry of activity Wednesday, and the two bills are now headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to exchange 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights in the Hill Creek Extension of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation for mineral rights in another area of the reservation. The move pre...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58169564@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:29:57 MDT Dionne: Which party do the voters hate less? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58166984-82/percent-reid-democrats-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58166984-82/percent-reid-democrats-republicans.html.csp">Dionne: Which party do the voters hate less?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T16:48:24.482-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 04:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment. No one understands this better than Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader gets plenty frustrated when people claim that both parties are equally responsible for the mess in Congress. The evidence, he insi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58166984@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:48:24 MDT Milbank: Could a GOP Congress benefit Obama? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58152113-82/obama-congress-republican-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58152113-82/obama-congress-republican-republicans.html.csp">Milbank: Could a GOP Congress benefit Obama?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-06T01:01:03.124-06:00">Updated Jul 6, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON — The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency. Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists. Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel’s borders. A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border, but immigration legislation, like most all legislation, is moribund. Probes of veterans’ health care, the IRS and Benghazi are sucking up attention and the administration’s time. As President Obama fails to get any credit for the millions who have found jo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58152113@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT Milbank: Congress is in session, technically http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58142249-82/senate-bills-congress-passed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58142249-82/senate-bills-congress-passed.html.csp">Milbank: Congress is in session, technically</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T09:43:43.518-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 09:43AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • The people’s representatives can’t agree on much of anything these days — even calling a recess. When senators and members of the House went home for their Independence Day break, they didn’t, or couldn’t, agree on an adjournment resolution. So they did what they usually do: They went into “pro-forma session,” a status when they are technically working but don’t actually do anything. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much how it is when they’re in town, too. I visited the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58142249@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:43:43 MDT Utah Senate requests public comment on two judicial nominees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58137816-78/senate-judicial-nominees-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58137816-78/senate-judicial-nominees-utah.html.csp">Utah Senate requests public comment on two judicial nominees</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T11:28:05.4-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 11:28AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee seeks public comment on two judicial nominees prior to senate confirmation votes. Brandon J. Maynard was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the 1st District Court, and Roger W. Griffin has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the 4th District Court bench. Anyone wanting to comment on the nominees should contact Mike Christensen at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah State Capitol Campus, House Building, Suite W210, PO B...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58137816@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:28:05 MDT Watergate as seen through eyes of Dick Cavett show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58137161-223/cavett-watergate-nixon-ford.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58137161-223/cavett-watergate-nixon-ford.html.csp">Watergate as seen through eyes of Dick Cavett show</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID BAUDER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T08:19:02.67-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 08:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal as seen through the prism of Dick Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time. People with memories of Watergate remember developments unfolding on the evening news or the gripping Senate hearings shown on daytime TV, but fewer recall that Cavett’s ABC program featured appearances by an array of pivotal figures. Even the former host. “I didn’t remember how much ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581371612014-07-01T08:19:02.67-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-01T08:19:02.67-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58137161@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:19:02 MDT Milbank: How the Baby Boom generation ruined everything http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58132139-82/generation-boomers-mcconnell-baker.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58132139-82/generation-boomers-mcconnell-baker.html.csp">Milbank: How the Baby Boom generation ruined everything</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T14:29:26.676-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 02:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., went to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to announce the death of Howard Baker, his words recalled not just his revered predecessor but an earlier, worthier cohort of American politicians. “Sen. Baker truly earned his nickname, the Great Conciliator,” McConnell said. “I know he will be remembered with fondness by members of both political parties.” McConnell was right on both counts: Baker, the former Senate majority ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58132139@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:29:26 MDT New York Times: Rape evidence backlog http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58128375-82/rape-kits-evidence-backlog.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58128375-82/rape-kits-evidence-backlog.html.csp">New York Times: Rape evidence backlog</a></h4>