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Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

The political divide of the U.S. Congress remained the same after Election Day 2012, with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats holding onto the Senate.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Heitkamp, Dalrymple, Romney post N.D. wins

BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Democrat Heidi Heitkamp narrowly defeated Republican Rick Berg in the race for U.S. Senate in North Dakota, news networks declared Wednesday.
White House slams GOP budget plan

White House slams GOP budget plan

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The White House Tuesday slammed a budget plan proposed by U.S. House Republicans, saying it would "end Medicare as we know it."
Panetta warns against deeper defense cuts

Panetta warns against deeper defense cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Defense Department cannot bear the entire brunt of the budget cuts facing federal government.
Dems offer new payroll tax-cut proposal

Dems offer new payroll tax-cut proposal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats Monday offered a new payroll tax cut extension plan, which one Senate Republican said had no chance of passing.
Celebrities fill White House

Celebrities fill White House

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The White House was full of celebrities Sunday evening when U.S. President Barack Obama played host to this year's five Kennedy Center honorees.
Senate budget chief nixes debt package

Senate budget chief nixes debt package

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee has indicated his displeasure with a package of more than $2 trillion in debt-reduction by 2021.
Bugs Bunny antics?

Bugs Bunny antics?

If the U.S. government were subjected to a vote of confidence this week, how would it do?
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Gang of 5 hints at budget plan progress

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate's "Gang of Six" -- minus one -- Thursday offered their colleagues "elements" of their plan to reduce the country's long-term debt.
Dems' budget proposal in holding pattern

Dems' budget proposal in holding pattern

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid nixed a spending cuts-only demand by House Speaker John Boehner, saying closing tax loopholes must be part of the mix.
Gang of Six deficit busters lose Coburn

Gang of Six deficit busters lose Coburn

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of six U.S. senators tackling the federal deficit is down to five active members, as Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said he was bowing out.
Source: Sen. Bingaman, D-N.M., to retire

Source: Sen. Bingaman, D-N.M., to retire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., will retire from the upper chamber at the end of his term, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
Kyl to retire from Senate at end of term

Kyl to retire from Senate at end of term

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., announced Thursday he won't seek re-election in 2012, saying it was time to do "something new."

Senators eye improved mood on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Three moderate U.S. senators Sunday expressed hope for bipartisan cooperation in Congress after the president's State of the Union address.
Sen. Conrad announces retirement plans

Sen. Conrad announces retirement plans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., announced Tuesday he will retire when his term ends in January 2013 after a quarter-century in the upper house.
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Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, speaks to members of the press during a news conference regarding the new CBO budget deficit projections, on January 25, 2005. Conrad attacked President Bush's tax cuts and spending in Iraq and Afghanistan for the high increases in the U.S. national deficit...(UPI Photo/Michael Kleinfeld)....
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Gaylord Kent Conrad (born March 12, 1948) is the senior United States Senator from North Dakota. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party. First elected to the Senate in 1986, he is currently chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

On January 18, 2011, Conrad announced that he would not run for re-election in 2012, but will instead retire. Conrad said in a statement that it was more important that "I spend my time and energy trying to focus on solving the nation's budget woes than be distracted by another campaign."

Conrad was born in Bismarck, North Dakota and lived much of his early life in Bismarck. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his grandparents. He attended Roosevelt Elementary and Hughes Junior High, and several years of high school in Tripoli, Libya. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy before attending college at Stanford, and received an MBA from the George Washington University.

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