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Obama asks insurance commissioners for ideas on ACA implementation

Obama asks insurance commissioners for ideas on ACA implementation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama Wednesday told insurance commissioners he wants to hear any ideas that would improve implementation of Obamacare, the White House said.

Rep. Issa tops Roll Call's list of richest 50 congressional members

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is at the top of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list, with holdings worth about $135 million, Roll Call reported.
Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

The political divide of the U.S. Congress remained the same after Election Day 2012, with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats holding onto the Senate.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Kerrey picks up Hagel backing in Nebraska

Kerrey picks up Hagel backing in Nebraska

OMAHA, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Nebraska Bob Kerrey Thursday received the endorsement of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, his campaign said.
Obama in Catholic bishops' cross hairs

Obama in Catholic bishops' cross hairs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- No president in U.S. history has been targeted en masse in lawsuits filed by Catholic bishops and institutions till now: President Obama is facing a tsunami of suits opposing the contraception mandate in his healthcare reform law.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Citizens United -- My how the money rolls in

Citizens United -- My how the money rolls in

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Secret corporate money continues to swamp the American political process in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FCC, evoking the words of an old folk song: "My father makes counterfeit money, My granny makes bathtub gin, My sister sells kisses to sailors, And oh how the money rolls in."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted against a Republican measure that would eliminate regulations cutting mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

Fischer wins Nebraska Senate GOP primary

LINCOLN, Neb., May 16 (UPI) -- State Sen. Deb Fischer was headed for a victory over state Attorney General Jon Bruning Tuesday in the Nebraska U.S. Senate primary, returns indicated.

Fischer, Bruning in tight Nebraska primary

LINCOLN, Neb., May 15 (UPI) -- State Sen. Deb Fischer and state Attorney General Jon Bruning were locked in a tight race for the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska's Tuesday primary election.
Bob Kerrey running for Ben Nelson's Senate seat

Bob Kerrey running for Ben Nelson's Senate seat

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Former Sen. Bob Kerry, D-Neb., said Wednesday he is mounting a bid to take the seat of retiring Sen. Ben Nelson, also a Democrat.

Former Sen. Kerrey says he'll run again

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., who moved to New York after retiring from Congress in 2001, wants to come home and run for Senate again, a senior Democrat says.
Bob Kerrey won't run for U.S. Senate

Bob Kerrey won't run for U.S. Senate

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Former Nebraska Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey said Tuesday he has no plans to seek a return to the Senate by running for the Democratic nomination in Nebraska.

Senate kills measure blocking debt hike

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a measure that would have blocked President Obama from raising the national debt ceiling.
Nebraska's Nelson retiring from Senate

Nebraska's Nelson retiring from Senate

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said Tuesday "it is time to move on" and he will not seek a third term in 2012.
GOP blocks jobs bill in Senate

GOP blocks jobs bill in Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans, joined by one Democrat and one Independent, Thursday blocked a proposal President Barack Obama said would "put Americans back to work."
Senate blocks $35B public safety bill

Senate blocks $35B public safety bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday rejected a $35 billion bill to provide federal money to state and local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers and first-responders.
Obama jobs bill moves to Plan B after Senate defeat

Obama jobs bill moves to Plan B after Senate defeat

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama moved to Plan B Wednesday after the Senate defeated his $447 billion jobs bill by refusing to let it come up for a vote.
Senate waylays Obama jobs bill

Senate waylays Obama jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill was blocked by the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, failing to receive the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate.
GOP filibuster sinks unemployment bill

GOP filibuster sinks unemployment bill

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- A bill extending unemployment benefits failed Thursday to win the 60 votes needed to bring it to the floor in the U.S. Senate.
Senate rejects jobless benefits bill

Senate rejects jobless benefits bill

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday against cutting off debate on a bill to extend unemployment benefits and send financial help to distressed state governments.

Nebraska's Nelson to support DADT repeal

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- The push to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the U.S. military gained the backing of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Wednesday.
Deja vu, again

Deja vu, again

The votes looked the same, as did some of the rhetoric, as Republicans in Washington blocked debate on financial reform for the second straight day Tuesday.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Senate approves $15 billion jobs bill

Senate approves $15 billion jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate voted to approve a $15 billion jobs bill Wednesday with 13 Republicans supporting the Democratic bill and one Democrat voting against it.
Health bill hits 60

Health bill hits 60

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- In the early hours of Monday morning in a snow-covered Capitol the Senate voted 60 to 40 to end debate on the health bill, clearing the way for a final vote on Christmas Eve.
By United Press International

Abortion may test final health bill deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Signs were emerging this weekend that abortion politics could become a key obstacle to a final deal to reform the U.S. health system, analysts say.
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