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House budget debate involves charts featuring Big Macs

House budget debate involves charts featuring Big Macs

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- The debate over a House of Representatives budget bill got caught up in the price of a Big Mac.
Gabrielle Levy
U.S. House puts energy at top of budget plan

U.S. House puts energy at top of budget plan

April 2 (UPI) -- A budget proposal puts U.S. energy production at the top of the list of ways to generate new revenue, the House Natural Resources Committee chairman said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Ukraine 'preparing to defend ourselves,' says U.N. Ambassador Sergeyev

Ukraine 'preparing to defend ourselves,' says U.N. Ambassador Sergeyev

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev Sunday said Ukraine is "preparing to defend" itself from Russian aggression.
Portman, Van Hollen spar over debt reduction in proposed 2015 budget

Portman, Van Hollen spar over debt reduction in proposed 2015 budget

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday President Barack Obama's proposed 2015 budget does not deal with the growing debt problem.
The Issue: Is the ACA a job engine or disincentive to work?

The Issue: Is the ACA a job engine or disincentive to work?

Healthcare reform is either an economic engine that will lead to an increase in jobs and reduction in the U.S. budget deficit or it's a disincentive for people to work and companies to hire employees, and will drag down the economy.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
ACA will actually reduce unemployment

ACA will actually reduce unemployment

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Healthcare reform will reduce the U.S. unemployment rate, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf testified Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton, Claire McCaskill allegedly had mutual, deep hatred

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton and Sen. Claire McCaskill once had such hate the Missouri Democrat said she feared being in an elevator with the former first lady, a book says.

Sutherland, Van Hollen battle over poverty policies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Republican Rep. Steve Sutherland criticized President Barack Obama's Promise Zones initiative Sunday and said his policies are not helping the poor.

America and the Kurds

LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The most common question asked as a regular visitor to Iraqi Kurdistan is whether it or all Kurds can, will or wish to be independent. It reflects the long struggle of the Kurds to maintain their identity in often hostile circumstances but it is looking at the issue the wrong way round.
GARY KENT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Rep. Mike Rogers concerned about security of HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday he's concerned about the security of personal data on the HealthCare.gov website.
Change in lesser known House rule a big hit on YouTube

Change in lesser known House rule a big hit on YouTube

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A video of a charged exchange between Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., with the person in the House speaker's chair on a change in House rules has gone viral.
House GOP float another plan to raise debt limit, end shutdown

House GOP float another plan to raise debt limit, end shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- House Republican leaders offered a new plan to raise the U.S. debt limit and reopen the government after meeting with President Barack Obama, a GOP aide said.
Budgetary ping-pong game drags on past shutdown deadline

Budgetary ping-pong game drags on past shutdown deadline

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress Monday failed to reach a budget agreement by the midnight deadline, effectively shutting down the federal government.

McCaul: Obama should have gone to international community on Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen said Sunday he agrees with President Barack Obama's response to Syria's alleged chemical weapon attack.
Senate panel OKs authorization request for military strike on Syria

Senate panel OKs authorization request for military strike on Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a limited military response to the Syrian regime's reported use of chemical weapons against civilians.
McCain, Graham appear to support Obama on Syria

McCain, Graham appear to support Obama on Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Two top Republicans emerged from a meeting with President Obama Monday and offered at least conditional support for the president's approach to Syria.

U.S. House Democrats introduce sequester alternative

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday offered their fifth bill to repeal harsh spending cuts they said Republicans want to remain in effect.

House Dems, conservatives present budgets

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- U.S. House Democrats and conservatives Monday floated their owns budget proposals, the Dems seeking more stimulus than their Senate counterparts.
Obama's budget to be submitted in April

Obama's budget to be submitted in April

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- The Obama administration will release its 2014 budget proposal in early April, more than two months past the Feb. 4 due date, congressional aides said.

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Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- President Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans includes a lunch with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.

Tensions mount as debt debate looms

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Democratic congressman said Sunday his Republican colleagues would likely look for wrenches to throw into efforts to reach a deal on the U.S. debt ceiling.

Congress: Still talking, still no deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Congressional budget dickering went on into the night in Washington Sunday while the nation lurched ever closer to the so-called fiscal cliff.

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Obama floats $1.6T plan to raise taxes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama will push a $1.6 trillion plan to hike taxes for the rich and corporations in talks on averting the looming fiscal cliff, the White House said.
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