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Senate Republicans Tout Victories in New Video
 

Senate Republicans are taking a victory lap as 2015 comes to a close, highlighting their accomplishments in a new video.

The video, titled "A New Approach," was released by the Senate Republican Conference Friday morning and features more than a dozen senators listing a number of accomplishments from the past year.

Reid Calls NRA 'Quasi-Militant Wing' of GOP
 

"Now, there was a time in my legislative career that I tried to work with the National Rifle Association, but the NRA today is a far cry from [the] sportsmen's organization that I once supported," the Nevada Democrat said. "The NRA once called mandatory background checks 'reasonable.' That's what they said. I'm not making this up."

Reid said on the Senate floor that the NRA and its leadership has "transformed into a quasi-militant wing of the Republican Party. They're being pushed more and more into the camp of guns for everybody any time they want 'em," also mentioning the emergence of a conservative firearms group known as the Gun Owners of America.

McConnell Calls for 'Pause' on Refugee Admissions
 

Mikulski to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
 

Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congress, will be honored at a White House ceremony on Nov. 24, along with other public servants and artists who have contributed to the country.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To the people of Maryland, I thank you,” Mikulski said in a statement. “Time and again you have honored me with your confidence and trust. I’m so grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve Maryland and the nation.”

Senate Sends Budget Deal to Obama's Desk

The Senate sent to President Barack Obama a massive fiscal package early Friday morning that averts a U.S. debt default and raises spending caps.

The chamber worked into the wee hours of the morning. Senators cleared a key procedural hurdle on a 63-35 vote and then passed the sweeping budget deal in a 64-35 vote that also suspends the debt limit into 2017.

McConnell Waits for House to Act on Debt Limit
 

“Obviously we don’t prefer a clean debt ceiling,” McConnell said. “We’ll have to see what the House sends over, and we’ll act accordingly.”

Senate Budget Talk on Hold for Debt Limit

Senate Democrats have no interest in discussing a budget deal until the threat of a debt default is off the table.

The current continuing resolution keeping the government funded will run out on Dec. 11, and while budget talks have been underway, that issue, including the identification of offsets for a potential two-year agreement, seems to be taking a backseat to the more urgent debt situation.

Reid Supports Ryan for Speaker
 

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan just got an unwelcomed endorsement for speaker.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the Wisconsin Republican is selected by his colleagues to succeed retiring Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Reid Again Calls for Scrutiny of Online Fantasy Sports Betting
 

"Some of the owners of those programs know what is going on with their competitors so they can make a lot of money, and that’s what they’ve done,” the Nevada Democrat said. "It should also be a warning shot to everybody: Online gaming is a real scary thing and we’d better look at all of it."

Senator Marks 6,000 Consecutive Votes
 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid joined Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, in congratulating fellow Sen. Susan Collins on her 6,000th consecutive roll call vote Thursday.