U.S. Senate

The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives makes up the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each U.S. state is represented by two senators, regardless of population, who serve staggered six-year terms. [ Website ] [Wikipedia ]

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Ben Sasse

U.S. Senate hopeful: ‘Marriage is defined by God and it predates government’

Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sasse, the GOP US Senate candidate from Nebraska who has garnered endorsements from Tea Party-aligned groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show to reiterate his commitment to the social conservatives cause. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: VKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Higher Education Anti-harassment Act reintroduced in U.S. Senate

Thursday, March 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to enact an anti-harassment policy. [caption id="attachment_133516" align="alignright" width="450"] Courtesy: Kathryn RobertsonKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.[/caption]... [ Read more → ]

Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Judith Levy

U.S. Senate confirms first out lesbian to federal bench in Michigan

Saturday, March 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate this week voted to confirm Judith Levy as a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Levy, 55, becomes the first openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan. [ Read more → ]
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
Timothy D. Easley, APKentucky Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Ky. Senate candidate: Gay marriage will lead to parents marrying their kids for tax benefits

Friday, February 21, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky said that same-sex marriage could lead to a parent claiming marriage to his or her child to gain tax benefits and other privileges. [ Read more → ]
Michael Boggs

Twenty-seven liberal groups oppose Obama judicial nominee

Thursday, February 20, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-seven liberal groups are pressuring Senate Democrats to reject one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee want to deny recognition of gay marriages in 33 states

Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Two GOP Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would require federal agencies to use a person’s state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status. [ Read more → ]

Bill would give ‘honorable’ discharges to service members kicked out under DADT

Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced legislation to correct the records of service members discharged from the U.S. military solely due to their sexual orientation prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, to reflect honorable service and reinstate benefits they would have earned. [ Read more → ]
Jeh Johnson

Key official in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters Monday to win Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security. [ Read more → ]

Report: Majority of Americans in every congressional district support ENDA

Friday, November 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A majority of Americans in every U.S. congressional district support laws that protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, such as the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed last week by the U.S. Senate, according to new research from UCLA’s Williams Institute. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate approves extension of program to combat AIDS

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has approved an extension of a program established by former President George W. Bush to fight AIDS worldwide. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Rubio headlines anti-gay group’s fundraiser, says nation’s morality at risk

Saturday, November 16, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told an anti-gay group Saturday night that moral issues need to be part of government debate and that the United States needs to do more to protect religious freedom abroad. [ Read more → ]
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster

Senate confirms James ‘Wally’ Brewster as fifth openly LGBT ambassador

Friday, November 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic. [ Read more → ]
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner still opposed to ENDA, calls workplace protections bill ‘unnecessary’

Thursday, November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday reiterated his opposition to federal legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to headline anti-gay fundraiser

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) announced today that it will host U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at its 2013 Annual Policy Awards Dinner in Orlando on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Cory Booker

Cory Booker goes to Washington a celebrity and senator

Sunday, November 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Senate passed a bill to ban job discrimination against gay and transgender people, its newest member's first impulse was to yell with joy. Then he remembered where he was. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

After Senate win, activists shift focus to Obama and long-sought executive order

Friday, November 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Moments after the Senate passed a historic measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, activists turned their attention toward President Barack Obama and a long-sought executive order that would have the same effect, though on a much smaller scale. [ Read more → ]

Senate passage of ENDA an important step toward dignity, fairness

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Despite the scare stories from those opposed to workplace fairness, ENDA does not create any special rights for anyone. It simply prohibits employers from using a worker’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for hiring, firing, promotion, or compensation. It means that LGBT people will be afforded the same workplace protections already in place regarding race, religion, gender, national origin and disability. The fact is, most of America’s largest corporations have already recognized the value of treating LGBT people fairly and have enacted policies similar to ENDA. But employers in 29 states can still lawfully discriminate because of sexual orientation, and in 33 states they can discriminate because of gender identity... [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate approves LGBT-inclusive workplace discrimination bill

Thursday, November 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate approved legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation's quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

Anti-ENDA GOP Senator: ‘Idaho should respect local gay rights laws’

Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Idaho Republican U.S. Senator who voted earlier this week against a federal ban on workplace discrimination against LGBT people, said Tuesday that Idaho cities should be able to maintain their local gay rights ordinances. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate nears historic vote on workplace discrimination bill

Thursday, November 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is headed for a vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Senate passage would be a major victory for gay rights advocates, but the bill appears to have little chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate adopts GOP change on workplace discrimination bill

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has adopted a Republican-backed change in a bill outlawing discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. [ Read more → ]

Advances in gay rights piling up, but battles still remain

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers prepared for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And in the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans joined the Democrats in a landmark vote to ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APSen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, flanked by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., left, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., right, talks to reporters after the Senate cleared a major hurdle and agreed to proceed to debate a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

U.S. Senate moves toward final passage workplace discrimination bill

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans' shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic. [ Read more → ]
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