• Conservative effort to prevent debate on expanded federal regulations in the wake of Newtown, Connecticut shooting fails.

    Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., right, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., finish a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, announcing that they have reached a compromise on background checks for gun buyers in the aftermath of the horrific Connecticut school shootings in December 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Reid said he plans showdown vote on gun control on Thursday.

    Small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate on new firearm controls.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 09, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT
  • National Labor Relations Board has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated the president's recess appointments to the agency.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 09, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT
  • President Barack Obama, followed by, from second from left, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., walks down the steps of Air Force One at Bradley Air Force Base, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013.

    Gun control and immigration reform face major roadblocks from GOP in Congress, but president wants to set ambitious tone for last 4 years.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 08, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT
  • Kansas abortion-rights lobbyists Elise Higgins, left, and Holly Weatherford, watch the Senate's debate on anti-abortion legislation from the gallery on April 5, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas.

    Kansas legislators sent Governor Brownback a bill that declares life begins "at fertilization" while blocking tax breaks for abortion providers.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 08, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
  •  In this March 12, 2013 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Conservative Senator says his role is vital even after an agreement was hashed out between business and labor groups last week.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 01, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT