Congress blocks administration from stockpiling oil

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Faced with growing pressure to decrease gas prices, U.S. senators voted to stop stockpiling oil in the national reserve yesterday, but they rejected a plan to increase domestic production.

New FDA inspection frees proposed

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S House of Representatives legislation proposing new fees for food, drug and cosmetic firms drew opposition Friday from a grocery association.

Farms may get EPA emissions break

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may give large livestock farms and feedlots an exemption from emissions regulations.

Spitzer-gate influences House ethics bill

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed ethics reforms creating a third-party watchdog after a year of in-fighting over the proposal.

Proposal would increase Medicare premiums

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Wealthy Medicare beneficiaries could be in store for higher prescription drug premiums under a White House proposal, a report said Friday.

Michigan Dems look for election role

DETROIT, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- With Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination, Michigan activists hope their delegates will play an election role after all.

State Department issues weekly Iraq report

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The United States highlighted security agreements, "rolling" elections and a visit to Iraq by Iranian officials in its latest review on progress in Iraq.

Analysis: Proliferation program effective?

A nuclear non-proliferation initiative came under recent attack in Congress after a report accused the program of failing to accomplish its original purpose.

Analysis: U.S.'s post-Bali role unclear

For a climate-change conference, last month's U.N. meeting in Bali, Indonesia, was as uncontroversial as they come. But the dissonance in opinions of where to go from here, and what role the United States should play in post-Kyoto negotiations, more than makes up for it.

Panel seeks background on lung researchers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. congressional committee wants to know if the tobacco industry has influenced a study on whether annual scans of smokers' lungs saves lives.

Congress queries telecoms on wiretaps

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. House committee that oversees telephone companies has asked three of them to disclose what they provided to National Security Agency wiretappers.

Congress seeks tainted Chinese toy info

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- With the holiday season nearing, U.S. lawmakers were reported seeking answers from 19 companies that recalled lead-tainted toys imported from China this year.

Dingell's tax plan targeting gas, mansions

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., unveiled his plan to fight global warming this week through additional taxes on both gasoline and large U.S. homes.

Dingell plans to offer carbon tax bill

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Rep. John Dingell plans to introduce a bill that would impose a stiff tax on burning oil, gas and coal, a measure most Democrats are likely to oppose.

Security breach at Los Alamos

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 15 (UPI) -- The Los Alamos, N.M., National Laboratory reportedly breached national security by sending classified nuclear weapons information over the Internet. The e-mails resulted in "the loss of control of top-secret restricted data," Reps. John Dingell and Bart

U.S. probes long-term care insurance

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. House committee is asking for documents from Conseco and the Penn Treaty in an investigation of long-term care insurance.

FCC steps on Congress' toes

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Dingell says monthly oversight hearings might be in order to ensure the Federal Communications Commission doesn't muscle in on Congress' turf.

House approves whistleblower protections

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. House has approved a measure that would protect government whistleblowers from losing their jobs.

Scientist admits unauthorized payments

BALTIMORE, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The chief of the geriatric psychiatry branch of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has admitted taking unauthorized fees from a drug maker.

Dems: Society Security privatization out

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A powerful incoming U.S. House chairman says Social Security privatization is not something Democrats will consider in negotiations with the administration.

Democrats File Suit Over Budget Typo

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. House Democrats have filed suit, claiming their civil rights were abused when the president signed a budget deficit reduction bill.

Former CBP head violated ethics codes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The former Corporation for Public Broadcasting head violated its bylaws and ethics codes in his zeal to snuff out what he perceived as liberal bias.

Telecom bill faces forceful opposition

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lawmakers broadly agree that telecommunication laws regulating the market do not meet the rapidly changing needs of users or address the ever-evolving nature of
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Dingell outlines energy plan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., on Saturday outlined his party's ideas regarding increasing fuel and heating costs, including anti-price gouging measures.

Democrats ask network for election PSAs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- In a letter to NBC Chairman Robert Wright Wednesday, senior House Democrats asked the network to undertake a public awareness campaign about voters' rights.
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