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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.
Conrad: Tie tax cuts to tax reform

Conrad: Tie tax cuts to tax reform

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he would accept limited extensions of the George W. Bush tax cuts tied to tax reform.
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.

Dems bless a healthcare-education union

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders said they were becoming more inclined to marry healthcare reform and expanded federal aid to U.S. college students into one bill.

Obama backs deficit-reduction commission

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed a bill Saturday that would set up a bipartisan budget commission to make deficit-reduction recommendations.
Senate may hold key healthcare vote soon

Senate may hold key healthcare vote soon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A critical procedural vote on bringing the U.S. Senate healthcare plan to the floor is likely to come Saturday, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

Conrad, Grassley: Public option dead

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., agreed Sunday that a "public option" component won't be part of a healthcare reform package.

Conrad: 'Public option' a 'wasted effort'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Obama administration's fight to include a "public option" in its health insurance reform package has been a "wasted effort," a senior U.S. Democrat says.

Ethics Committee clears Dodd, Conrad

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate panel said Friday Sens. Christopher Dodd and Kent Conrad have been cleared of complaints they used their positions to get low-interest loans.

Conrad: Dems need GOP backing on health

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Congressional Democrats need Republican support to pass healthcare reform measures, a senior Democratic lawmaker conceded Sunday.

Conrad: AIG execs should return bonuses

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- AIG executives should return their big bonus checks or be fired, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee said Sunday.
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