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Senate Panel: We Have an Iran Bill

And they're optimistic it'll pass this afternoon

(Newser) - "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity." So said Sen. Bob Corker this morning in revealing that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republicans and Democrats have arrived at a compromise on a bill that would give Congress... More »

Senate Needs 4 More Votes for Keystone Veto Override

Hoeven: Supporters still working to trump Obama's veto

(Newser) - Just days after the Keystone XL pipeline got a break in Nebraska , it appears to have hit a stumbling block in the United States Senate, which does not appear to have the votes to override the veto President Obama has said he's got waiting for the measure. "My... More »

After Veto, Arkansas Tries to Save 12-Week Abortion Ban

Override attempt begins in state Senate today

(Newser) - Last week, Arkansas' governor vetoed a ban on abortions after the 20-week mark; the state legislature overrode the veto . Now, Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after just 12 weeks—and once again, lawmakers will today try to override the Democrat's veto; success would... More »

Strict Anti-Abortion Bills Become Law in Oklahoma

Senate overrides governor's vetoes

(Newser) - The Oklahoma Senate today overrode Gov. Brad Henry's vetoes and put into law two restrictive measures on abortion. One of the laws requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. An anti-abortion group called it one of the most... More »

Alaska's Legislature Overrides Palin Stimulus Veto

Legislature barely hits rare 75% consensus

(Newser) - Alaska’s legislature voted yesterday to override Sarah Palin’s veto of $28 million in stimulus cash to defray energy costs, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Such an override requires the support of 75% of votes; the measure passed by a hair. “Instead of being the last state in... More »

Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

(Newser) - Vermont’s legislature became the first in the country to legalize same-sex marriage when it voted today to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to wed, the AP reports. Three other states have legalized gay marriage, but Vermont is the first to do so... More »

Deal Ends Budget Impasse

Schwarzenegger, lawmakers dodge veto showdown

(Newser) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California state legislature have ended a nasty budget showdown with a compromise expected to be approved today, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The agreement eliminates extra withholding from workers' paychecks, and bridges a $17 billion budget gap largely  by adding penalties on corporations that underpay... More »

Governator Vows Veto Volley in Budget Battle

Showdown ahead with state lawmakers over funding sleight-of-hand

(Newser) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading for a dramatic and potentially humiliating showdown with the state legislature over the budget, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Schwarzenegger plans to veto the budget which largely relies on accounting sleight-of-hand to close a $15.2 billion shortfall. Legislators say they have enough... More »

House, Senate Override Bush Veto on Medicare

Move means payments to doctors won't be cut by nearly 11%

(Newser) - Congress today overrode President Bush's veto of legislation on Medicare, ensuring that payments to doctors won't be cut by nearly 11%, CNN reports. The House voted 383-41, and the Senate followed 70-26 to override the president for only the fourth time during his presidency. Bush says the legislation doesn't address... More »

Congressional Screwup May Force Farm Bill Do-Over

Pages missing from bill sent to Bush

(Newser) - A paper-shuffling error may force Congress to repeat its work on the $289-billion farm bill already passed—and vetoed by President Bush. The version of the bill sent to the president was missing a section, Reuters reports. That makes the president’s veto theoretically invalid. House Democrats tried to re-insert... More »

Congress Overrides Bush Veto

Senate votes 79-14 to pass water resources bill, following House

(Newser) - President Bush was handed the first veto override of his two terms today as the Senate voted 79-14 to pass a $23-billion water-resources bill over his objections that it constituted "irresponsible spending." Thirty-four Republicans defied the president to vote for the bill; the House had voted 361-54 in... More »

House Overrides Bush's Veto of Water Bill

Rejection is first of presidency; Senate likely to follow suit

(Newser) - The House overrode a presidential veto tonight for the first time in the Bush administration, with 138 Republicans crossing party lines to support a $23 billion water-resources bill. The 361-54 vote was far more than the two-thirds needed to override, reflecting the popularity on both sides of the aisle of... More »

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