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Unemployment insurance passes test vote in Senate

Unemployment insurance passes test vote in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The Senate took another step towards passing an extension on emergency unemployment insurance Thursday, voting 65-34 to begin debate.
Gabrielle Levy

Senate committee OKs bill to sanction Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would offer aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia for its incursion into Crimea.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee postpones Ukraine aid vote

Senate Foreign Relations Committee postpones Ukraine aid vote

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee postponed a vote Tuesday on a bill that would provide aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia for sending troops to Crimea.
The Issue: Year of action? Doubtful.

The Issue: Year of action? Doubtful.

U.S. President Barack Obama may have declared 2014 a year of action in his State of the Union address but lawmakers last week moved quickly after returning from their recess to knock down expectations.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Report: More than 100 U.S. lawmakers gave up pay after shutdown

Report: More than 100 U.S. lawmakers gave up pay after shutdown

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- At least 109 of 237 U.S. lawmakers who vowed to give up some of their federal salaries after the 16-day government shutdown did so, the Washington Post said.
Corker: Obama 'afraid' of Dem base; Reid acts 'just like' Putin

Corker: Obama 'afraid' of Dem base; Reid acts 'just like' Putin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said President Barack Obama is "afraid of his base" and the Senate majority leader behaves like Russian President Vladimir Putin.
UAW organizing loss in Tennessee not final word

UAW organizing loss in Tennessee not final word

The UAW's failed bid to organize hourly workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant near Chattanooga, Tenn., is having repercussions in Germany.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

UAW files appeal with NLRB on Tennessee VW plant vote

DETROIT, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers has filed an appeal alleging comments by political figures interfered unfairly in a union election at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.
Volkswagen workers in Tennessee reject United Auto Workers

Volkswagen workers in Tennessee reject United Auto Workers

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected representation by the United Auto Workers, the union said Friday.
Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."

Keystone XL a national security issue, GOP says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Getting the Keystone XL oil pipeline built from Canada will protect the U.S. economy from market volatility overseas, U.S. senators told the president.
Top Democrat says Republicans should find cuts for jobless benefits

Top Democrat says Republicans should find cuts for jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's open to finding budget cuts to pay for extending unemployment benefits.

U.S. special rep. confident of concluding Afghan security deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S.-Afghanistan security deal will eventually be concluded despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign it, Ambassador James Dobbins said.
White House, lawmakers duel over new Iran sanctions

White House, lawmakers duel over new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The White House says new sanctions being crafted on Capitol Hill may split Washington from its partners, while a key lawmaker calls them an "insurance policy."

Republicans want market-driven reforms in healthcare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Republican legislators said Sunday they'd like to see the Affordable Care Act replaced with a different healthcare system that includes market-driven reforms.
Janet Yellen approved by Senate committee

Janet Yellen approved by Senate committee

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Janet Yellen was approved by the Senate Banking Committee Thursday as President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, sending her confirmation to a full Senate vote.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama: Iran won't snooker U.S., allies in nuclear talks

Obama: Iran won't snooker U.S., allies in nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama Tuesday tried to assure lawmakers and business executives Iran won't snooker the United States and its allies during nuclear negotiations.
Senate reviews timeline for Iranian sanctions

Senate reviews timeline for Iranian sanctions

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Iranian sanctions won't be reviewed until December at the earliest.
Conference committee budget talks open as deficit shrinks

Conference committee budget talks open as deficit shrinks

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A House-Senate conference committee Wednesday began work on a federal budget as the government said the U.S. deficit was at a five-year low.
Senators warn Obama of Maliki's 'mismanagement' in Iraq

Senators warn Obama of Maliki's 'mismanagement' in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's "mismanagement of Iraqi politics" may be leading to civil war, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday.
U.S. senators call for Coptic protection in Egypt

U.S. senators call for Coptic protection in Egypt

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Republican leaders said they wanted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to do more to pressure the Egyptian government on security for minority Christians.

Sen. Bob Corker: No 'good productivity' in talks

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said there hasn't been "good productivity" this weekend in discussions to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
Reid, McConnell meet on debt limit, shutdown

Reid, McConnell meet on debt limit, shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., met Saturday to discuss the debt limit and government shutdown, aides said.
Obama formally nominates Yellen to head Fed

Obama formally nominates Yellen to head Fed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- President Obama Thursday formally nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, calling her "one of the nation's foremost economists."
House passes rule for spending bill debate

House passes rule for spending bill debate

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Saturday night approved a rule outlining the course the debate and votes on the government funding bill will take.
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