Members to Wear #InTheRed Pins at SOTU

(Photo courtesy of Wyden's Twitter)

Senate Democrats are wearing #InTheRed pins on Tuesday to advocate for reducing college costs and student debt.  

The goal of the campaign is for Congress to address college affordability in 2016. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.; and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and six others are bringing students as their guests to President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union.  

Ted Cruz, Condoms and Bathroom Politics

Cruz has made outreach to social conservatives a cornerstone of his presidential campaign. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz was in a groove in Iowa Monday, weighing in on issues that underscore his efforts to appeal to socially conservative voters in the nation's first caucus state.  

The Texas Republican did so by blasting the Department of Education for allowing a transgender student to use a girl's locker room — and even weighed in on the availability of prophylactics in America, soundbites that could have been lead news in their own right on most any other day.  

Democrats Plan Push to Refinance Student Loans (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:15 a.m. | Senate Democrats are preparing a new push to refinance student loans and cut the costs of college as the latest plank in their election-year agenda — and are talking compromise on a minimum wage hike.  

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday morning on MSNBC that a new bill will be introduced by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts regarding student loan refinancing.