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GOP push to attach amendments to unemployment bill fails

GOP push to attach amendments to unemployment bill fails

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- A deal fell apart to allow additional Republican amendments to a bill that would restore unemployment insurance payments to long-term jobless.
Gabrielle Levy
Are Democrats getting under Charles Koch's skin?

Are Democrats getting under Charles Koch's skin?

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Billionaire Charles Koch, attacked by Democrats for his large contributions to conservative causes, said he is the victim of "character assassination."
Frances Burns
Senate votes to end debate on unemployment insurance extension

Senate votes to end debate on unemployment insurance extension

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- A measure to renew expired unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless took another key step forward in the Senate Wednesday morning.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate to vote on unemployment benefits this week

Senate to vote on unemployment benefits this week

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved forward a vote on a bill that would renew unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless Monday.
Gabrielle Levy
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
House sneaks Medicare patch in by voice vote

House sneaks Medicare patch in by voice vote

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Through tricky maneuvering Thursday, House GOP leaders snuck through the so-called "Doc Fix" to prevent a cut in Medicare payments before next week's deadline.
Gabrielle Levy
Dems drop IMF requirements in Ukraine bill

Dems drop IMF requirements in Ukraine bill

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- Harry Reid said he would drop a provision demanding IMF reforms from the Senate version of the bill to send aid to Ukraine.
Gabrielle Levy
Voters still unfamiliar with Koch Brothers after Democratic attacks

Voters still unfamiliar with Koch Brothers after Democratic attacks

March 25 (UPI) -- A George Washington University battleground poll finds that liberal Democrats are much more likely to know -- and dislike -- Koch brothers.
Frances Burns

Reid: CIA appears to have been snooping on Senate investigation

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has asked the sergeant at arms to determine if the CIA snooped on an Intelligence Committee investigation.
Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with entry bans for U.S. leaders

Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with entry bans for U.S. leaders

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Russia responded to new U.S. sanctions over the annexation of Crimea by barring nine U.S. legislators and security officials from entry Thursday.
Dalai Lama gives the opening prayer in Senate

Dalai Lama gives the opening prayer in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet delivered the invocation Thursday in the U.S. Senate, the first time the Dalai Lama gave the invocation, records indicated.
Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama's civil rights nominee Wednesday because of criticism over his involvement in the defense of a convicted cop-killer.

The Issue: Tax reform legislation is Camp's sendoff

Despite indications that his bill was DOA, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced draft legislation that would reform the byzantine -- some say draconian -- U.S. tax code.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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

GOP filibuster kills bill to expand veterans benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans used a filibuster to prevent a vote on expanded veterans benefits after Democrats blocked efforts to add an amendment on Iran sanctions.
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.

U.S. divided over Iranian sanctions effort

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Consideration of new U.S. economic sanctions on Iran drew fire Thursday from bipartisan leaders on Capitol Hill and veterans' affairs supporters.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Koch brothers 'un-American'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Koch brothers 'un-American'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Majority Leader Harry Reid, speaking on the U.S. Senate floor, said Wednesday anti-Obamacare ads financed by the Koch brothers are "absolutely false."
McConnell: No federal tax reform this year

McConnell: No federal tax reform this year

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday Congress "will not be able to finish the job" on tax reform this year.
Reid: No Senate vote on minimum wage until after March recess

Reid: No Senate vote on minimum wage until after March recess

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will delay action on raising the minimum wage until late March, accusing Republicans of "obstruction."
Senator blocks debate on sexual assault bill to vote on Iran sanctions

Senator blocks debate on sexual assault bill to vote on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., blocked debate on the military sexual assault bill so the Senate could vote on new sanctions against Iran.
Aileen Graef
The Issue: Number without unemployment benefits approaching 2 million

The Issue: Number without unemployment benefits approaching 2 million

Friday marks two full months since 1.3 million long-term unemployed lost their extended benefits and their numbers have swelled by 576,000 since.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

The changing French alliance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande's state visit to the United States this week (without any lady friend in tow) is being touted as a revival of America's oldest alliance. The trouble will be in the newest areas of commerce.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
The Issue: Debt limit back in effect; House leaders float ideas

The Issue: Debt limit back in effect; House leaders float ideas

So what is the Republicans' plan concerning raising the U.S. debt limit the Treasury Department says must be raised by the end of the month or risk default?
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

U.S. pro-Israel group: Wait before Iran sanctions vote

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The main pro-Israel U.S. lobby came out against an immediate vote on imposing sanctions on Iran, hours after 42 Republican senators demanded a vote within days.
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