rubio-121814.jpg Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and continued to bash the president in an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

mcconnell-121714.jpg A bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will be the first order of business in the new Republican-controlled Senate, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., told reporters on Tuesday.

Vivek-Murthy-121614.jpg More than a year after his nomination, Vivek Murthy was confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General in a vote in the Senate on Monday. The Senate voted 51 to 43 to approve Murthy's nomination, with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., the only Republican to join with most members of the Democratic caucus to vote in favor of confirmation.

capitol-121214.jpg Just hours before a midnight deadline on Thursday, the House of Representatives narrowly approved a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to avoid another government shutdown. The House voted 219 to 206 in favor of the bill, with 57 Democrats joining with 162 Republicans to approve the legislation.

uscapitol-062509_11Dec14.jpg With a midnight deadline looming, House leaders have postponed a vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to avoid another government shutdown.

capitol-121014.jpg House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid another government shutdown later this week. The deal announced Tuesday night would fund most of the government through the end of the current fiscal year next September.

CIA-120914.jpg Despite warnings about backlash against U.S. service members overseas, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program on Tuesday. The report offered a harsh assessment of the CIA and determined that the program was more brutal than represented yet was still ineffective.

warren-120914.jpg While first-term Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has repeatedly said she does not plan to run for president in 2016, that has not stopped supporters from trying to change her mind.

cassidy-120814.jpg Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., easily defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday, adding to the GOP's already strong performance in the midterm elections last month.