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Upton committed to U.S. energy grid security

Upton committed to U.S. energy grid security

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of a House energy committee, said he was devoted to protecting the national energy grid from cyber attacks and terrorism.
FERC says sky isn't falling on grid security

FERC says sky isn't falling on grid security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- John Norris, head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said vigilance is needed to protect the U.S. electric grid, but cautioned against overreaction.

McFaul: U.S. working with Russia on gay rights and Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The outgoing U.S. envoy to Russia said Sunday the United States is working with Moscow on a range of issues, including gay rights and a nuclear arms treaty.

U.S., Russia argue over shipping yogurt to Sochi for U.S. Olympians

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A shipment of Chobani remained in storage as the United States and Russia argue whether to allow the yogurt to be shipped to U.S. Olympians at the Sochi games.

Illegal immigrants could lose federal health, tax benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Immigrants in the United States illegally face the prospect of losing some federal health and tax benefits through administration and congressional action.
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.

Call to action issued after North Dakota oil train wreck

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the number of accidents involving rail cars carrying oil means another layer of federal scrutiny may be required.
Saudi Arabia restored as defendant in suit by 9/11 families

Saudi Arabia restored as defendant in suit by 9/11 families

NEW YORK, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A New York federal appeals court has restored Saudi Arabia as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by thousands of people affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Senate Democrats happy with Obama staff changes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate say the changes in the White House staff this week could help President Obama recover from the healthcare debacle.
Schumer: House vote to extend ban on plastic guns not good enough

Schumer: House vote to extend ban on plastic guns not good enough

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. House has approved a bill that would extend a ban on the manufacture of plastic guns that cannot be detected by security-screening devices.
NTSB official: Commuter train approached curve going 82 mph

NTSB official: Commuter train approached curve going 82 mph

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The commuter train that derailed in New York and killed four people was going 82 mph when it hit a curve where the speed limit is 30 mph, officials said Monday.
Obama urges Congress to hold off passing more sanctions against Iran

Obama urges Congress to hold off passing more sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama asked U.S. lawmakers to give diplomacy on Iran's nuclear program a chance, saying Thursday sanctions could be cranked up if diplomacy failed.
Sen. Schumer: Potential plan would reopen government until Jan. 15

Sen. Schumer: Potential plan would reopen government until Jan. 15

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- New York Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday that he is hopeful that Congress will agree on a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

IMF, World Bank urge end to U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- World finance ministers and central bank governors urged the United States to do everything possible to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown.

Boehner says no debt deal without 'conversation' with Obama

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- House Speaker John Boehner Sunday Congress would not pass a so-called clean bill raising the U.S. debt limit unless the Democrats negotiate on spending.
Obama: Economy can't be held hostage over 'ideological demands'

Obama: Economy can't be held hostage over 'ideological demands'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The reason for government's closure -- Obamacare -- isn't affected even though employees won't get paid and national parks won't be open, President Obama said.

Caroline Kennedy 'humbled' by ambassador nomination

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Caroline Kennedy told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday she was "humbled" by her nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
New York staters embarrassed by Weiner-Spitzer runs for office

New York staters embarrassed by Weiner-Spitzer runs for office

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Two out of three residents think the attention given New York state by the attempted comebacks of Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer is embarrassing.

Rat invades Schumer and Durbin's Washington house

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., confirmed a rat has infiltrated the Washington group house he shares with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Obama apparently considering NYC's top cop for Homeland Security

Obama apparently considering NYC's top cop for Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- President Obama suggested Tuesday he is considering New York's police commissioner for homeland security secretary.
Obama schedule for Thursday, July 11

Obama schedule for Thursday, July 11

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with Chinese leaders during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Thursday, the White House said.
Boehner faces pressure from left, right in immigration fight

Boehner faces pressure from left, right in immigration fight

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate's bipartisan passage of sweeping immigration reform sent to the House, leaving Speaker John Boehner in a quandary, given his divided party.
Senate approves immigration reform 68-32

Senate approves immigration reform 68-32

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday adopted a comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy on a 68-32 vote, sending the issue to the House.

Schumer: Immigration bill will be a civil rights issue

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Congressional Republicans could face a public backlash of historic proportions if they block immigration reform legislation, a Democratic senator said.
The Issue: Immigration reform bill finally hits Senate floor

The Issue: Immigration reform bill finally hits Senate floor

Debate finally began on the U.S. Senate floor last week on the bipartisan immigration reform bill seen as the best opportunity on a while – or for a while – to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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