U.S. lawmakers want tighter pipeline rules

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators can prevent catastrophic and deadly oil and natural gas pipeline failures with stiffer penalties and more inspections, lawmakers said.
Senators express regret over votes

Senators express regret over votes

WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Now that Elena Kagan's U.S. Supreme Court nomination is headed for a vote, some Democrats say they regret supporting former President Bush's nominees.

Christmas healthcare bill deadline iffy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Doubts are growing over whether the U.S. Senate can pass a healthcare reform bill by Christmas, lawmakers say.
Senate panel turns aside public option

Senate panel turns aside public option

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The Senate Finance Committee defeated two amendments Tuesday that would have created a government-run option in an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.

Potential Obama veeps on same card

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- At least three of Sen. Barack Obama's potential running mates address the Democratic convention on the night the vice presidential candidate is scheduled.

Dems: GOP playing politics with Medicare

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Democratic lawmakers say the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is playing politics with Medicare payments to doctors.

Report: White House overstated Iraq threat

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Two Senate Intelligence Committee reports have concluded the Bush administration gave the public biased assessments before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Analysis: CIA al-Q comments provoke row

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- A gathering row over CIA Director Michael Hayden's claim that U.S. forces have al-Qaida on the defensive illustrates the highly politicized territory on which senior U.S. security and intelligence officials are operating in an election year.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Homeland Security: The week ahead

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina Tuesday mean that presidential politics is likely to dominate the news agenda this week. But among all the endless talk of demographics, victory margins and delegate counts, here are a few national and homeland security events and stories that might make the inside pages.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Democrats said retreating from healthcare

Democrats said retreating from healthcare

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Senior party officials say congressional Democrats in Washington are reported pulling back on expectations for healthcare reform, a key campaign issue.

Congress orders FAA safety probe

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Maintenance violations by Southwest Airlines have prompted congressional probes into some Federal Aviation Administration policies, U.S. officials said.

House passes FISA bill without immunity

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a surveillance bill that allows companies to defend themselves in court for giving the U.S. government data.
Rockefeller endorses Obama

Rockefeller endorses Obama

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Friday endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Senate passes FISA reauthorization

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday approved on a 68-to-29 vote a bill that would overhaul how the government monitors foreign terrorist suspects.

CIA chief testifies behind closed doors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The director of the CIA testified before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday about destroyed interrogation videotapes, but a key Democrat said more needs to be learned.

Senators say CIA tapes warrant probe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday Congress should probe the destruction of CIA videotapes of terrorist interrogations.

Senate gets two versions of FISA bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved a domestic surveillance bill Thursday that differs from one passed by the Intelligence Committee.

DNI deputy awaits Senate action

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee has approved the nomination of the No. 2 official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Senate committee OKs indecency bill

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill to extend a federal watchdog agency's authority over broadcast of one-time, fleeting expletives or images.

Rockefeller attacks TV violence, sex

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., was showing clips at a committee meeting to make a point about TV sex and violence when a colleague asked him to turn them off.

Dems, FCC chair spar over media ownership

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats and the Federal Communications Commission sparred over media ownership and what drives competition at a committee hearing. Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee cautioned the Republican-controlled agency about relaxing the numbe

Democrats put Pentagon under scrutiny

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Covert activities carried out by the Pentagon for U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are coming under scrutiny by the new Democratic Congress.

Rockefeller: Cheney pressured committee

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney tried to stall a Senate investigation into flawed intelligence on Iraq, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Thursday.

Rockefeller: Iraq invasion has hurt U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the United States would be better off if it had stayed out of Iraq.

Mine-safety bill sent for Senate vote

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- New legislation sent to the Senate floor would require all mines to have state-of-the-art two-way wireless communications and tracking systems in place within the next three years.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent
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