Immigration reform will pass the Senate before the Fourth of July, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada has vowed. Here are five key senators (or groups of senators) that will be pivotal during the two weeks of debate.
Unemployment extension will be given to Americans who have been out of work five months or more, thanks to a deal reached in the Senate Thursday. The unemployment extension will affect more than 2 million people.
In response to popular opinion that homosexuality should be accepted rather than discouraged, both Democrats and Republicans support the passage of a Senate bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Four days before a possible US government default on its debt, lawmakers failed to reach agreement. That, says a European central banker, could be 'very negative for the US economy and the world economy and could certainly harm the recovery.'
Senate leaders are meeting Sunday to find a way out the government shutdown and the threat of a first-ever US debt default. They're searching for an end to a political crisis that has stalled all other legislative business while driving public opinion of Congress to new lows.
August jobs report, other studies weaken notion that part-time workers will become a bigger part of the economy. The Obamacare effect also seems limited, but jobs data are too volatile to say for sure yet.