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Obama administration pushes for extended jobless benefits

Obama administration pushes for extended jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- With the U.S. Senate poised to vote Monday on a three-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits, the Obama administration is pushing for passage.
Democrats: Extension of jobless benefits 'Job One' in 2014

Democrats: Extension of jobless benefits 'Job One' in 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Democratic congressional leaders say an extension of federal jobless benefits is their top priority when the House and Senate reconvene in January.
At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Senate Majority Leader Reid released after brief hospital stay

Senate Majority Leader Reid released after brief hospital stay

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was discharged Friday from a Washington hospital where he was treated for exhaustion, his office said.
Harry Reid hospitalized

Harry Reid hospitalized

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted himself to the hospital Friday, his office said.
Gabrielle Levy
White House vows to veto Iran sanctions bill

White House vows to veto Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The White House vowed to veto a bipartisan Senate bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it violates an interim deal to curb its nuclear program.
Report: Harry Reid would like another 8 years as Senate leader

Report: Harry Reid would like another 8 years as Senate leader

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., indicated he'd like to keep his current job for another eight years, Roll Call reported.

U.S. markets end day with light losses

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Investors focused on Washington Tuesday, nudging stocks downward while they await word on a budget deal and the Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting.
The Issue: Budget deal moves to Senate; new era of compromise?

The Issue: Budget deal moves to Senate; new era of compromise?

Washington witnessed a Christmas miracle last week: House adoption of a budget compromise worked out by House-Senate negotiators after Speaker John Boehner bluntly told recalcitrant members of his caucus to toe the line or lose all credibility.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

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.

Gun reform advocates renew push on anniversary of Newtown shootings

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Advocates seeking reform in the nation's gun laws say they have reminded Washington lawmakers they don't intend to let the issue fade away.
House passes bipartisan budget deal 332-94

House passes bipartisan budget deal 332-94

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Thursday passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal by a 332-94 vote, indicating further threats of a government shutdown are unlikely.
Senate-House conferees approve $632.8B defense authorization bill

Senate-House conferees approve $632.8B defense authorization bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A bipartisan deal on a $632.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act has been reached, top U.S. defense lawmakers in the Senate and House said.
Military sex assault reform once sure to pass now on skids

Military sex assault reform once sure to pass now on skids

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An amendment to change how the military handles rape cases is doomed, supporters say, because congressional leaders are rushing to pass a defense spending bill.
Politics: Laws produced this congressional session hard to come by

Politics: Laws produced this congressional session hard to come by

If you have a persistent feeling that, despite the speeches and posturing and pledges of working for the people, Congress really hasn't done a whole lot, well, you'd be right.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Politics: Congress' to-do list could require time it doesn't have

Politics: Congress' to-do list could require time it doesn't have

The good news for the U.S. Congress is that members have the month of December to complete their laundry list of items -- including a farm bill, food stamps, a budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, a slew of presidential nominations, possibly revisiting unemployment benefits, maybe take up imposing more sanctions on Iran -- before 2014.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Reid 'just following law' in exempting staff from Obamacare

Reid 'just following law' in exempting staff from Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- An aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says Reid is "just following the law" in exempting some staff members from the Affordable Care Act.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.
By United Press International

Reid's power grab is about much more than Senate rules

OCALA, Fla., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate is becoming more and more like the U.S. House of Representatives.
JOSEPH F. COTTO, UPI Outside View Commentator
Obama says 'clear-eyed diplomacy' led to pact on Iran's nuke program

Obama says 'clear-eyed diplomacy' led to pact on Iran's nuke program

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- President Obama called the agreement between Iran and Western leaders over Iran's nuclear program the result of "clear-eyed diplomacy" with a U.S. adversary.
WH: Rule change due to GOP's 'historic obstructionism'

WH: Rule change due to GOP's 'historic obstructionism'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate confirmation votes on three of President Obama's nominees could come in December since the chamber changed its rules, the White House said.

Kerry to travel to Switzerland for Iran nuke talks

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Switzerland "to help narrow the differences" in negotiations in Iran's nuclear program, the State Department said.

Obama on filibuster end: 'Unprecedented pattern of obstruction'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama praised majority Democrats who killed the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule Thursday, citing "an unprecedented pattern of obstruction."

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.

Senate to take on Defense Authorization bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Sweeping legislation to authorize about $600 billion in U.S. defense spending is up against a deadline and a packed Senate pre-holiday schedule, officials said.
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