Aware that most Americans would like to dump them all, members of Congress hope to regain some sense of trust by subjecting themselves to tougher penalties for insider trading and requiring they disclose stock transactions within 30 days.
Health care providers have been reporting unprecedented shortages of prescription drugs, including vital medications such as chemotherapies and antibiotics. Under current law, the FDA has no power to act, so two senators have introduced a bill to help government get a handle on the problem.
Senate Republicans blocked a final vote on a bill to provide aid for small businesses Thursday in the latest example of the GOP using procedural tactics to stymie President Barack Obama's election-year agenda. Each side accused the other of turning the issue into a political football.