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12:46 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Friday, as the Senate considers a spending bill.
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Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night on a 56-40 bipartisan vote, after overruling an objection from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Earlier Saturday, the Senate had voted on a short-term continuing resolution that extended their deadline to pass the spending bill. But in the evening, Senate leadership came to an agreement and the legislative body voted to move the bill forward sooner than anticipated, ending debate and allowing a vote Saturday night.

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Politics
9:37 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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Politics
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

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Politics
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

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Race
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Activists Gather On Washington Mall To Protest Police Violence

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:38 pm

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Politics and Government
6:02 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Bingman Sets Up The Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman named the members Friday who will serve as chair and vice chair of Senate committees and subcommittees during the 55th Legislature.

Unlike the House where House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, altered the committee structure from the prior legislative session, Bingman’s appointments reflect no changes in the structure.

Some members who previously served as chair or vice chairs of committees, however, are no longer filing those roles and in most cases have moved to other positions.

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Politics and Government
5:47 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Agriculture Department Requests Legislation To Better Respond For Animals In A Natural Disaster

Those impacted by the Moore tornadoes were reunited with their animals. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service within an Incident Command structure to triage animals and place them in shelters so that they could be reunited with their owners.
Credit The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has requested multiple pieces of legislation for the upcoming legislative session, said Legislative Liaison Blayne Arthur at a board meeting on Tuesday.

Arthur said General Counsel Teena Gunter has been working on putting together the correct language for these bills to submit them by the Jan 22 deadline, though they have already officially requested legislation.

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Politics
6:12 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Speaker Jeff Hickman Sets Up His House

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House Speaker Jeff Hickman has restructured the House committees and appropriation subcommittees and announced the various chairs and vice chairs.

Hickman named longtime ally Earl Sears of Bartlesville to replace Norman Rep. Scott Martin as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Martin takes over as chairman of a new appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for education.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Outgoing Rep. Mike Rogers Reflects On Congressional Career

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Dingell Admitted To Hospital, One Day After Casting Last Vote In House

Rep. John Dingell, seen here in June, was admitted to a hospital Friday as a precautionary measure. The Democrat is retiring as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
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Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, was admitted to a hospital in Washington, D.C., as a precaution Friday, one day after casting the final vote in his nearly 60 years in Congress.

The Michigan Democrat's office didn't give details on Dingell's condition, other than to say he was under observation and "resting comfortably." Dingell visited a doctor's office earlier this week, after he fell down and bruised his hip.

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