The state Senate bucked a national trend of forgoing tax increases early Tuesday and instead passed a two-year, $40.1 billion budget that attempts to tackle the state's deficit with a combination of cuts, labor savings and wide-ranging tax hikes. Full story
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to hold a Senate vote on the Paul Ryan budget. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joins Morning Joe to discuss his thoughts on the Ryan budget and says that President Obama should offer an alternative vision.
After over a year of scandal and facing a Senate ethics investigation, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is reported to be resigning. Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun, who broke the story, joins The Rachel Maddow Show.
Legislation that would give same-sex couples the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples is making its way through the Senate. Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald, an American who moved to Brazil to be with his partner, discusses the bill with msnbc’s Thomas Roberts.
Chris Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Tea Party media celebrity despite its waning appeal, and the deference given conservatives in the Senate despite the American people giving Democrats the majority.
The House and Senate are taking up a bill that would grant same-sex couples the same immigration rights given to heterosexual couples, including the right to sponsor a partner for U.S. residency. Karin Bogliolo and Judy Rickard discuss their new book, “Torn Apart,” and the hard choices their family
A photo taken on October 18, 2010 at the Senate in Paris, shows Eric Woerth, then French Labour minister. Former minister Woerth will be heard on May 4, 2011 by a commission of the Court of Justice of the Republic preparing the case of the alleged sale of state-owned Compiegne racecourse to an acqu
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1: (NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE) In this handout provided by CBS News, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appears on "Face the Nation" May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. McCain spoke about Libya, NATO, and Donald Trump with Bob Schieffer.
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1: (NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE) In this handout provided by NBC NewsWire, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) appears on "Meet the Press" May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is seen in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Heller announced a U.S. Senate run Tuesday after months of alluding to it and a week after fellow Republican John Ensign said he would not seek a third term as Nevada's junior senator.