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Pass Keystone for security's sake, supporters say

Pass Keystone for security's sake, supporters say

March 27 (UPI) -- Bipartisan leaders from Northern Plains states joined the oil industry in calling for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline for national security's sake.
Daniel J. Graeber
Man arrested for Manchin threats

Man arrested for Manchin threats

CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 24 (UPI) -- The FBI arrested a West Virginia man on Friday in connection with threats he allegedly made against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and his family.
Gabrielle Levy

Senate Democrats pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats, showing consensus on the need to address climate change, spoke in a marathon that ended early Tuesday before legislative business began.
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.

Obama to use executive power 12 times to push agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- President Obama said in his State of the Union address he would use executive power to tackle the U.S. wealth disparity and try to speed the economic recovery.
The Issue: Obamacare -- what deadline?

The Issue: Obamacare -- what deadline?

With the first of the year just days off, the full impact of healthcare reform is poised to kick in but whether it will achieve U.S. President Barack Obama's vision of affordable protection for all still is an open question.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Senator urges delaying Obamacare penalties until 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The United States needs to be flexible in 2014 to give healthcare reform time to establish itself and make any necessary changes, a Democratic senator said.
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
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.

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."
Janet Yellen approved by Senate committee

Janet Yellen approved by Senate committee

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Janet Yellen was approved by the Senate Banking Committee Thursday as President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, sending her confirmation to a full Senate vote.
Gabrielle Levy
The Issue: Healthcare debate: Second verse, same as the first

The Issue: Healthcare debate: Second verse, same as the first

It's deja vu all over again when hearings before two House panels over the flubbed roll-out of healthcare.gov expanded to a denunciation of the Affordable Care Act in general.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Report: White House plans to delay individual mandate

Report: White House plans to delay individual mandate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The White House may try to delay the deadline for the Affordable Care Act individual mandate by as much as six weeks, NBC News reported in Washington Wednesday.
Obama postpones meeting while Reid, McConnell talk on debt ceiling

Obama postpones meeting while Reid, McConnell talk on debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama's meeting Monday with congressional leaders was postponed as Senate leaders work on opening government and the debt limit, the White House said.
White House: Obama would veto supercommittee resolution

White House: Obama would veto supercommittee resolution

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The White House said if Congress passes legislation establishing a so-called supercommittee on deficit reduction, U.S. President Barack Obama will veto it.

Most Americans favor tougher coal regs despite higher energy cost

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Most voters said they agree with the Obama administration's decision to tighten controls on U.S. coal plant emissions, a Rasmussen Reports survey indicated.

Sen. Joe Manchin: Funding bill won't pass Senate

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday a bill passed by the House that cuts off funds to the Affordable Care Act won't pass the Senate. 
Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Two more vacancies in President Obama's Cabinet were filled Thursday as the U.S. Senate confirmed Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency heads.
Senate kills bill to reset student loan rate at 3.4 percent

Senate kills bill to reset student loan rate at 3.4 percent

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday failed to break a GOP filibuster, killing a bill that would have maintained a 3.4 percent interest rate on student loans for one year.
Manchin says he's not afraid of NRA

Manchin says he's not afraid of NRA

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday the National Rifle Association is trying to scare lawmakers away from passing any measures on gun control.

Bloomberg urges donors to withhold support from four Democrats

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked major New York political donors Wednesday to withhold support from four Democrats who voted against background checks.

Manchin still pressing background check bill

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he still thinks the amendment he sponsored to expand gun purchase background checks can pass the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate Democratic leaders worry about gun control ads

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders say they worry New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns' efforts could cost Democrats control of the chamber.

Mike McCaul: Boston bombs too sophisticated without help

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said Sunday he believes the Boston Marathon bombers were trained by someone else because their bombs were too sophisticated.

Efforts to revive gun-control discussions in works on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is working to revive gun-control legislation, addressing differences that blocked advancement of a background checks bill.
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