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Senate gives final approval to farm bill

Senate gives final approval to farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate gave final approval to the farm bill Tuesday, following House approval last week.

House passes $956B farm bill on bipartisan vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives, on a bipartisan 251-166 vote, passed a sweeping $956 billion farm bill Wednesday.
$1 trillion U.S. farm bill to include $9 billion in food stamp cuts

$1 trillion U.S. farm bill to include $9 billion in food stamp cuts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Congressional negotiators have a deal on a $1 trillion U.S. farm bill stalled in Congress for two years, a key senator said Monday.

Farm bill coming up for vote soon?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional leaders say a compromise farm bill is close to a vote after months of delay.

N. Michigan oil pipeline troubles regional leaders

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. senators from the Great Lakes region expressed concern to federal pipeline regulators about the safety of an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Many congressional members forgo or donate salaries during shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A growing number of members of the U.S. Congress said they would give up their pay or donate it to charity during the government shutdown that began Tuesday.

Fed, state, local officials to discuss ways to aid Detroit

DETROIT, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Obama administration officials visit Detroit Friday to discuss ways to wipe out blight, improve transit and safety, and enhance the beleaguered city's appeal.

Smithfield merger Senate committee approval greeted with skepticism

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee has approved a merger of meat processor Smithfield with a Chinese company but Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said questions remain.

Rep. Lucas: Farm bill conference with Senate needs food stamp bill

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- A farm bill conference with the U.S. Senate will have to wait until the House decides how to proceed on a food stamp bill, a key House negotiator said.

Senate panel to look into Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The Senate Agriculture Committee said it would investigate a deal to sell U.S. meat processing giant Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International of China.

Some senators seek more cuts in U.S. farm subsidies

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Some U.S. senators hope to cut even more from the $955 billion farm bill before it comes up for a floor vote.

Senators debate extent of Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Republican U.S. senator said Sunday the pain of pending cuts to Medicare and other entitlement programs would be widespread.
McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- After Democrats increased their U.S. Senate majority Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell challenged the president to "move to the political center."

Obama takes auto-making Michigan

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- President Obama, who campaigned heavily on his rescue of the auto industry, was rewarded with Michigan's 16 electoral votes Tuesday, CNN projected.
Stabenow appears safe for third term

Stabenow appears safe for third term

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Two-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan appears safe to win a third term, a poll shows.
GOP: Akin wins in Mo., Hoekstra in Mich.

GOP: Akin wins in Mo., Hoekstra in Mich.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Todd Akin was declared the Republican U.S. Senate primary winner in Missouri Tuesday and will face incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in November.
Obama chides GOP on tax vote

Obama chides GOP on tax vote

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted down a GOP bill to extend all Bush-era tax cuts and passed a Democratic version extending rates for all income up to $250,000.
Senate to vote on anti-outsourcing bill

Senate to vote on anti-outsourcing bill

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- A bill to reward companies that return operations to the United States would help create U.S. jobs, the bill's sponsor said ahead of a planned Senate vote.

Food stamps fodder for farm bill debate

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday rejected a farm bill amendment that would have restricted eligibility for food stamps to those already receiving cash assistance.

Senate farm bill gets bi-partisan support

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- In a rare moment of unity, 90 U.S. senators voted Thursday to bring the Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 to the floor for a vote.
Markup of U.S. farm bill postponed

Markup of U.S. farm bill postponed

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- Markup of a new U.S. farm bill that would replace direct cash payments to farmers with crop insurance has been postponed, a Senate committee chairwoman said.
A prince's call for 'good food'

A prince's call for 'good food'

Britain's Prince Charles says the future of food is among the world's most pressing challenges and a U.S. publisher wants to make sure America gets the message.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Cain on the stump - for other candidates

Cain on the stump - for other candidates

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who suspended his Republican presidential bid, has begun campaigning on behalf of several GOP congressional candidates.

Asian actress apologizes for Hoekstra ad

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The actress who appeared in a controversial campaign ad for Michigan senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra says it was "absolutely a mistake" to take the role.

Hoekstra TV ad called racist

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Michigan senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra denied accusations a TV ad shown during the Super Bowl was racially insensitive to Asian-Americans.
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