Bush tours nuclear plant in Alabama

ATHENS, Ala., June 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush showed his support for nuclear power Thursday by touring a plant in Alabama that reopened in May after being shut down for 22 years.

Bush huddles with senators on immigration

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush met with a group of Republican senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge them to pass the stalled immigration reform bill. After the Republican Policy lunch, which included a briefing on his trip to Europe, the president said that

Senate panel approves habeas corpus bill

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, which would repeal part of last year's Military Commissions Act.

Levin, Sessions differ on Iraq exit

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sunday reiterated his belief that there is no military solution to the situation in Iraq.

Gonzales says firings were not political

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the firings of eight U.S. attorneys was "flawed" but there was nothing improper and he would resign if ineffective.

Republicans attack Justice Department

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Three Republican senators attacked top U.S. Justice Department officials Thursday for the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

Pig report says lawmakers on a diet

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- A new report says U.S. lawmakers appear to be finally cutting back on pork.

Dems block immigration fine amendment

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats rejected an amendment to a bill raising the minimum wage that would have increased fines for employers of illegal immigrants.

U.S. Senate OKs 370 miles of border fence

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate on an 83-16 vote has approved building 370 miles of heavy fencing along the Mexican border at a cost of $1 billion.

GOP senators' doubt grows on Miers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Conservative Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is expressing doubts about the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, The New York Times reported.

Senator hunts for 'death tax' dead

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A leading proponent of abolishing the federal estate tax reportedly looked into using Hurricane Katrina victims to promote the cause.

Congress reacts to pope's passing

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican representing Alabama, said Pope John Paul II was one of the towering religious and moral figures of our age.

Senators call for raised casualty pay

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Several senators are calling for a major increase in the amount of money paid to families of troops who die in combat.

Officials questioning FEMA storm payouts

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Politicians in Florida and elsewhere are calling for an investigation into the way disaster aid is awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "I think it's time to go and put this problem on the table and deal with it -- past time," said U.S. Sen

Senate bill requires biometrics in passports

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Senators are pushing a bill to require foreign allies to use biometric identifiers in their passports.

Sessions focus of Ala. gubernatorial draft

MOBILE, Ala., May 27 (UPI) -- Some Alabama Republicans want to draft Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., into the 2006 governor's race even though incumbent Gov. Bob Riley is also a GOPer.

Rumsfeld should expect 'tough questions'

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- A Republican senator said Thursday Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should expect "tough questioning" on Capitol Hill Friday.

Senator slams train security

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. senator described nightmare scenarios of terrorist attacks on American passenger trains in a plea to amend a new bill that seeks to toughen laws against
DAVID E. REYNOLDS, UPI Correspondent

Analysis: Congress warms to new space plan

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- After weeks of unrelenting skepticism by members of Congress, a bipartisan political coalition may be coming together to place a fiscal year 2005 down payment on President Bush's proposal to return astronauts to the moon as a first step toward exploring M
FRANK SIETZEN, United Press International

HealthBiz: Malpractice caps stir debate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Medical malpractice reform legislation appears to be going nowhere in Congress in 2004, and other news affecting the U.S. healthcare industry.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Marriage amendment before Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A constitutional amendment defining marriage as only being "the union of a man and a woman" has been introduced in the Senate.

UPI's Capital Comment for Jan. 21, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I
By United Press International

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 6, 2002

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press
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Sessions ahead in Ala. Senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 5 (UPI) --

Hundreds of thousands raped in US lockups

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday heard testimony about the "Prison Rape Reduction Act of 2002," which for the first time directs the federal Department of Justice to take a role in assisting states to reduce the incidents of rape and sexual vio
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, UPI Chief White House Correspondent
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