Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC
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It turns out, a sitting U.S. Senator can’t simply bring home-state halibut into the White House.
The U.S. Senate voted down a host of new gun regulations, including a new assault weapons ban. Senators bucked public opinion and voted against expanding background checks to online sales and gun shows. And it nixed a plan to limit the size of ammunition magazines.
The U.S. Senate will vote Thursday whether to begin debate on a package of new gun regulations. The bill aims to strengthen school safety and stiffen penalties for gun trafficking.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Energy Department, Ernest Moniz, director of the MIT Energy Initiative, testified before the Senate Energy Committee today.
An administrative judge reversed the suspensions of two prosecutors in the botched corruption case against former Senator Ted Stevens.
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Global Arms Trade Treaty this week. The three no votes came from North Korea, Iran and Syria. But there’s more opposition in the United States Senate.
The group Numbers USA aims to “educate voters” in states with senators who could play a pivotal role in the coming immigration debate. The group started airing an ad throughout Alaska this week that asks actors who “thinks Senator Mark Begich’s plan to bring in foreign workers to take American jobs is a good idea?”
Senator Mark Begich says everyone will need to feel the pinch of sequester, so he’s decided to return a portion of his salary to the Treasury this year.
The EPA is scheduled to release its revised watershed assessment for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay sometime this spring. Conservation groups are stepping up the lobbying pressure in Washington in anticipation of the ruling.