Republicans need to attract more Hispanic voters. But just nine in the Senate approved the first Hispanic justice’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Democratic senators proposed a bill Wednesday that would pressure all states to prohibit drivers from texting. Fourteen states already do.
But the Senate panel vote is nearly party-line, with just one Republican approving her nomination.
The decision represents the first time this year that the Senate has voted against expanding gun rights.
In earnings reports released this week and last, the four major US banks are showing signs of improvement.
At her confirmation hearings this week, any ideological slugfest was avoided as the nominee stayed low-key and judicial.
Senators drew the battle lines early in confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee.
Fellow Democrats greeted him warmly Tuesday, but his vote is no guarantee that thorny legislation – such as healthcare reform and a sweeping energy bill – will hit the fast track.
Even Democratic senators are still far apart on what a 'public option' would look like.