Nelson gives Democrats 60 healthcare votes

Nelson gives Democrats 60 healthcare votes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, the last Democratic holdout against the healthcare bill, announced Saturday he will support it, giving leaders enough votes for passage.

Healthcare vote before Christmas iffy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has until Saturday to stitch a 60-vote healthcare compromise if a Christmas Eve vote is to be taken, aides said.

Nelson: Abortion language not good enough

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Centrist Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said Thursday he won't vote to let healthcare legislation move ahead unless it has more restrictive language on abortion.

Nelson: Won't vote for abortion language

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., says he can't support a Senate healthcare reform measure because of its abortion language.
Senate nixes healthcare abortion language

Senate nixes healthcare abortion language

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, on a 54-45 vote, Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in pending healthcare legislation.
Healthcare debate may tackle abortion

Healthcare debate may tackle abortion

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Consideration on abortion language could come as soon as the U.S. Senate prepares to resume debate on its healthcare reform bill, senators say.

Nelson: Can't support 'public option'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Passage of U.S. healthcare reforms in the Senate will hinge on how a "public option" provision is written, a centrist Democratic senator says.
Senator: Don't count on me for 60th vote

Senator: Don't count on me for 60th vote

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is telling Senate leadership not to count on him to be the 60th vote needed for passing healthcare reform this year.

Nelson backs public option 'trigger'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., says he could support a health insurance public option if a "trigger" on its use were included.
U.S. auditors of Iraq reconstruction see potential and roadblocks

U.S. auditors of Iraq reconstruction see potential and roadblocks

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Higher exports and oil prices are bringing in record revenue for Iraq, but the lack of institutional capacity to spend it on capital projects is preventing further development of the oil and gas sector, according to a report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Congress wants Iraq to repay U.S. expenses

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Iraqis would be forced to pay for U.S. efforts in their country directly or via loans from the United States if any of at least five similar pieces of legislation introduced on Capitol Hill this month is approved.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Commentary: Iraq oil circus came to town

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- This week the circus came to town. Not Barnum and Bailey's but Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and with it the three rings of a five-plus year war and occupation, politicians in their populist best pitches and the media echo of what the heck is going on with Iraq's oil revenue.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Pentagon reluctantly gives a budget number

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the full 2009 defense budget would total about $685 billion, $100 billion more than the official proposal so far.

Senator: Admin. 'skimming' millions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., says the Bush administration is "skimming" congressional earmark funds and spending millions for undisclosed purposes, a report said.

Senate mulls new U.S. role in Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats are suggesting alternatives to pulling troops out of Iraq, including redefining the military mission.

U.S. Senate rejects Iraq deadline

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- A Democratic effort to set a deadline for withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq failed Thursday to pass the U.S. Senate.

Rain washes out play at Champions event

CONCORD, Mass., June 9 (UPI) -- Friday's first round of the Champions Tour's Bank of America Championship at Concord, Mass., was postponed Friday due to rain.

U.S. Senate same-sex ban fails

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate derailed attempts Wednesday for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages by a 49-48 vote.

Harris promises 'widow's mite' to campaign

TAMPA, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., says she's willing to sell off her possessions in her campaign to win a U.S. Senate seat.

Final Alito vote set for Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. senators voted late Monday to end debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito, clearing the way for a final confirmation vote.

Alito Supreme Court confirmation assured

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The ascension of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court was all-but assured Thursday, with more than 50 U.S. senators saying they will support the nomination.

Alito opposition may bring electoral gains

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Democrats opposing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito may not succeed in stopping the nomination but could reap electoral gains from their stand.

Senate fails to end debate on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Supporters of a four-year extension of the Patriot Act failed to muster enough votes in the U.S. Senate to end a bipartisan filibuster Friday.

Alito testing Senate comfort level

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Following a series of courtesy calls with U.S. senators, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito received a thumbs-up from at least one Democrat.

Republicans woo Democrats on Alito vote

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is courting moderate Democrats to support the Supreme Court nomination of conservative U.S. Judge Samuel Alito.
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