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Hawaii's US Sen. Schatz named to Senate appropriations committee

...role in the refocus of U.S. attention toward the Asia-Pacific, he said.The appointments are subject to a full Senate vote.In the current budget drama, Schatz said he plans to vote for the $1.1 trillion spending package, although he...
Empire Editorial: Making monsters of men

...Quicken, so don't expect excessive government spending to stop any time soon. (Fun fact: When Begich missed two key Senate votes in January during a trip to Hawaii, he was actually undergoing a tune-up. )All fun aside, there's more to these...
Proposed constitutional amendment on education pulled from Senate calendar

...two-thirds vote in each the Senate and House before qualifying for the ballot. That means the measure would need at least 14 Senate votes to pass. Stevens, R-Kodiak, said his best guess was the measure would get eight to 10 votes in support at most...
State | AK legislature
Local politics affects senators on minimum wage in 2016, while lifting 900,000 people over the poverty line.That hasn't deterred Democrats from seeking Senate votes."Bring it up. And when you don't get 60 votes, bring it up again," said Brad Woodhouse, president of the liberal...
State | AK legislature
Alaska senators support anti-discrimination bill

...and the military would be exempt. The measure's chances in the House are considered iffy.In the lead-up to the Senate vote, the president of the conservative Alaska Family Action, Jim Minnery, sent email blasts urging people to contact...
Legislature passes oil tax overhaul

...session Sunday, passed a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut in the hopes it will lead to more production.The 12-8 Senate vote came in spite of fears that the impacts of SB21 aren't well understood and will devastate Alaska's budget."It...
Mixed-use construction bill nears final vote

...Committees. Senate Finance Committee members moved the bill out of committee for the final time Friday. It passed Senate vote Saturday and only awaits the Governor's approval.Current Alaska statute prevents the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation...
Senate fails to keep student loan rates low

...Congress' role in setting students' borrowing rates.The Senate vote was 51-49, nine votes short of the 60 votes extension, however, meaning Wednesday's Senate vote might not have fared well with them.
Analysis: Dems reach breaking point on filibusters

...week when party leaders concluded that what they called GOP obstruction had made a mockery of American democracy.The Senate vote Thursday to curb some filibuster powers, after years of hesitation, will go down as a singular moment. Historians...
Senate deal forged in flurry of negotiations

...between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary flurry of secret offers, a pre-dawn Senate vote on New Year's Day and the legislative muscling that defines Washington on deadline.Yet the fate of the final agreement...


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