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Senate confirms Baucus as next U.S. ambassador to China

Senate confirms Baucus as next U.S. ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont, as U.S. ambassador to China.
Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The White House slammed Senate Republicans Thursday after they blocked a third attempt to extend unemployment benefits.
Unemployment insurance blocked by Senate GOP

Unemployment insurance blocked by Senate GOP

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A long-term unemployment benefit extension failed in the Senate again Thursday when Democrats came up one vote shy of breaking a GOP-led filibuster.
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Boehner said to pitch new debt-ceiling plan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner urged Republicans to mull linking a debt-ceiling extension to restoring certain military benefits, the Washington Post reported.

Report: House GOP to abandon debt-ceiling demands

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- House Republican leaders have given up plans to demand concessions from Democrats in return for raising the U.S. debt limit, a Capitol Hill newspaper reported.
Super Bowl, Super Power?

Super Bowl, Super Power?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- How does the United States win in the foreign policy Super Bowls in which it plays?
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Partisan fight brewing over restoration of veterans' pension cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans, unhappy with Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan, are putting together their own proposal for repealing $6 billion in U.S. veterans' pension cuts.
Report: Senate eyeing deal on long-term unemployment benefits

Report: Senate eyeing deal on long-term unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A deal to restore long-term unemployment benefits may have bipartisan support, the Hill reported Monday.

Obama schedule for Monday, Feb. 3

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama meets with recipients of the 2013 Fermi Awards Monday, the White House said.
Call for chip-and-PIN technology grows louder

Call for chip-and-PIN technology grows louder

The massive Target data security breach is costing banks and credit unions millions of dollars and increasing pressure on merchants and card issuers to change the way credit cards are swiped.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Reid opposes Obama on free-trade deals

Reid opposes Obama on free-trade deals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it clear Wednesday he and President Obama aren't joined at the hip when it comes to pending free-trade legislation.
Lew: U.S. to hit debt ceiling sooner than thought

Lew: U.S. to hit debt ceiling sooner than thought

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Treasury will likely hit the debt ceiling earlier than first thought, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said, setting the stage for another fiscal showdown.
Bob Gates' 'Duty'

Bob Gates' 'Duty'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Last week's release of Bob Gates' "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" was preceded by his publisher's brilliant public relations campaign hyping the book with tantalizingly provocative excerpts.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford to seek GOP nod for Coburn's Senate seat

Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford to seek GOP nod for Coburn's Senate seat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Lankford, R-Okla., announced Monday he will seek the Republican nomination for retiring Sen. Tom Coburn's seat.
Politics 2014: Parties may be in for rocky ride

Politics 2014: Parties may be in for rocky ride

It's a new year and a mid-term election year to boot. Stalwarts of both parties will be seeing the capital in their rear-view mirrors one final time when their terms end.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Republicans hope to block Majority Leader Reid's amendment tactic

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans have tried four times recently to block Majority Leader Harry Reid from "filling the amendment tree" and blocking their amendments.
Reid, Lew at odds on when debt limit might arrive

Reid, Lew at odds on when debt limit might arrive

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Senate majority leader said Thursday the U.S. debt limit might not be reached until May, while the treasury secretary said it could arrive much sooner.
Obama signs bill to fund government through Saturday

Obama signs bill to fund government through Saturday

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- President Obama Wednesday signed into law a stopgap spending measure to fund the federal government through Saturday so senators can pass the U.S. budget.
The Issue: Extended unemployment benefits -- when will Congress act?

The Issue: Extended unemployment benefits -- when will Congress act?

The surprising Christmas agreement that produced the first federal budget resolution in years may have lulled the casual observer into thinking Washington pols were ready to shut up and play nice.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Jobless-aid impasse develops ahead of showdown vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. jobless-aid impasse pits the Democrats' plan to pay the $18 billion tab 10 years down the road against a Republican counter bid yet to be formulated.

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.
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.
Sen. Reid suggests some military pension cuts may be restored

Sen. Reid suggests some military pension cuts may be restored

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested some of the U.S. military retiree pension cuts in last month's budget deal could be restored in a funding measure.
Senate vote on emergency jobless benefits bill moved to Tuesday

Senate vote on emergency jobless benefits bill moved to Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Monday postponed a vote on extending emergency unemployment benefits to Tuesday as the long-term jobless face a tough labor market.
Reid says Democrats will work to extend unemployment benefits

Reid says Democrats will work to extend unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday Democrats will focus on the middle class in 2014 and attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits.
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