Author: LAUREN FOX, PHIL MATTINGLY AND TED BARRETT, CNN

Fractured Senate looks to the past

As the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump barrels through the House on target to potentially finish by Christmas, senators from both parties are reckoning with their own role and are beginning to discuss if they can agree on a set of rules for a trial.

Senators coalesce around a Russia sanctions bill but hurdles remain

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are forging ahead with plans to push back on the fallout from President Donald Trump's comments at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as lawmakers once again Wednesday are feeling the whiplash of the President's inconsistent comments on Russia.

Senate leaders announce two-year budget deal

Senate leaders unveiled a massive two-year budget deal Wednesday, a major victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week and increase the federal government's spending. But the plan still needs to pass the House, where it's already facing strong headwinds.