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amtrak-train-051315.jpg On the heels of last week's deadly Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia, a group of Senate Democrats have called for an increase in spending on the publicly funded rail service.

USCapitol-052115.jpg A controversial trade bill cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Thursday, with most Republicans and a few Democrats voting to limit debate on legislation giving the president the authority to "fast track" trade deals.

PaulRand-051915.jpg Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., vowed Tuesday to do "whatever it takes" to stop the Senate from renewing provisions of the Patriot Act the government claims authorize the National Security Agency's bulk data collection program.

CapitolBuilding-051415.jpg Following a brief setback earlier this week, the Senate voted Thursday to move forward with legislation giving the president the authority to "fast track" trade deals such as the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership.

RussFeingold-051415.jpg Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, D-Wis., announced Thursday he will be running for his old seat in 2016, setting up a rematch against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Feingold posted a web video announcing he would seek a return to the Senate after losing to Johnson by five percentage points in 2010.

NationalSecurityAgency-051415.jpg In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the House approved legislation Wednesday evening that would bring an end to the National Security Agency's bulk data collection program. The House voted 338 to 88 in favor of the bill, known as the "USA FREEDOM Act."

USCapitol-051315.jpg Following yesterday's Democratic filibuster of a key trade bill, Senators reached an agreement Wednesday to move forward with the legislation. The agreement calls for votes on two separate trade-related bills favored by Democrats before beginning debate on legislation giving the president the authority to "fast track" trade deals.

uscapitol-062509_13May15.jpg Despite some recent legislative achievements, the results of a new Gallup poll show that Americans still give Congress low marks for the way it is handling its job. The poll found that just 19 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job.

USCapitolbuilding-051215.jpg With Democrats revolting against President Barack Obama, the Senate failed to clear a procedural hurdle for legislation giving the president the authority to "fast track" trade deals such as the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership.

USCapitolbuilding-051215.jpg Amid a rare split between President Barack Obama and liberal Democrats, the Senate is schedule to hold a crucial test vote Tuesday on legislation that would give the president the authority to "fast track" trade deals such as the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Capitol-050715.jpg A bill giving Congress the power to review a potential agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program easily cleared the Senate on Thursday. The Senate voted 98 to 1 in favor of the legislation known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

kaine-050715.jpg Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virg., took to the Senate floor Thursday to once again urge lawmakers to debate and vote on legislation authorizing the use of military force against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

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