Over a Million Signatures in Support for Sen. Warren's Student Loan Bill
Senator Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) call to lower student loan interest rates to the same "discounted rates" given to big banks has received an "outpouring of support" as organizations and institutions of higher education are lining up to endorse the measure.
LGBT Community: Senate Dems 'Betrayed Us' on Immigration
Champions of equality slammed Democratic members on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after it succumbed to the pressure of rightwing threats by removing a crucial amendment to the immigration reform package that would have provided inclusion and protection of LGBT members of immigrant and binational families. The overall bill was ultimately passed, but only after Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the committee's chairman, removed an amendment that included protections and equal legal status for families that include same-sex partners who are non-US citizens.
Sen. Rand Paul Is Mostly Right In Defending Apple's Obligation To Minimize Taxes
"It's absurd for Congress to vilify businesses like Apple for wanting to minimize their tax code just like every other American rightly does," tweeted uber-Libertarian Senator Rand Paul, lashing out at his Senate colleagues for 'dragging' Apple CEO Tim Cook in to defend his company's tax policies. On the eve of Cook's much-hyped testimony, a Senate investigation released a scathing report, accusing Apple of cooking the books and engaging in shady tax-dodging practices, to avoid repatriating $102 billion in offshore cash to avoid a 35 percent U.S. tax rate.
Sen. Kirk backs Commerce nominee Penny Pritzker
Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, announced today that he will vote in favor of Illinois' Penny Pritzker to lead the Commerce Department.
Kirk undecided on Pritzker for Commerce Secretary
Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker has Sen. Dick Durbin¿s support to become Commerce Secretary, but Sen. Mark Kirk is on the fence.