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Online tax vote unlikely in this Congress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Congress is unlikely to vote before the current session ends in January on allowing states to tax goods sold online, an aide to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says.
Who's willing to break Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge?

Who's willing to break Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge?

Will they or won't they? Is it or isn't it? The answer to both of those questions may determine whether the United States falls off the fiscal cliff into a sea of tax rate hikes, an enlarged alternative minimum tax and draconian across-the-board spending cuts – none of which anyone says they want.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

Senate upholds EPA standards for coal

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted against a Republican measure that would eliminate regulations cutting mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.
New or Used?

New or Used?

If you're in the market for a car or truck it might make more sense to consider a new vehicle this year rather than a used one.
AL SWANSON, United Press International
Fewer bill signing ceremonies politics?

Fewer bill signing ceremonies politics?

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Some Senate Republicans say politics is behind U.S. President Obama's cutback in the number of bills he ceremonially signs into law in public.

Santorum wins Tennessee Republican primary

NASHVILLE, March 6 (UPI) -- Rick Santorum won the Tennessee Republican presidential primary, his first Super Tuesday prize of the day, projections indicated.

Measure would close online tax loophole

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- States could require most U.S. online and catalog-only retailers to collect state sales taxes from customers under a bipartisan measure introduced in Congress.
Internet sales tax fight hits Congress

Internet sales tax fight hits Congress

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Supporters and opponents of collecting sales taxes for online transactions are lining up U.S. congressional backing for their positions, officials say.

Senate stalemate a manufactured crisis?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A possible government shutdown over emergency assistance funding is diverting attention from reducing debt, Republican and Democratic senators said Sunday.
Lamar Alexander leaving Senate leadership post

Lamar Alexander leaving Senate leadership post

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Tuesday he will resign as chairman of the Republican Conference in January.
GOP: Unions foiling auto turnaround

GOP: Unions foiling auto turnaround

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- Labor unions are stifling U.S. auto and aircraft manufacturing, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said in the party's weekly Saturday address.
Subsidy cuts to spur energy research?

Subsidy cuts to spur energy research?

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy needs more research money that could be raised if Washington cuts fossil fuel and renewable energy subsidies, a lawmaker said.
GOP plans healthcare rollback

GOP plans healthcare rollback

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Republicans in the U.S. Congress say they are developing plans to roll back portions of President Obama's new healthcare law after the November election.

Alexander says treaty won't pass this year

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Sunday there's "not a chance" the U.S.-Russian arms-reduction treaty would win Senate approval this year.

Alexander says Dems on 'kamikaze mission'

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander said Democrats trying to push through healthcare legislation are on a "political kamikaze mission."
Party philosophical lines drawn at summit

Party philosophical lines drawn at summit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Democrats and Republicans went back and forth Thursday about whether they were on the cusp of agreeing on principles of reforming the U.S. healthcare system.

Alexander: Holder should step down

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over the government's treatment of a terrorism suspect, a Republican senator says.

Critics rap Alexander's nuke proposal

NASHVILLE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A plan by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to build 100 nuclear plants over the next 20 years is fraught with problems, critics say.
Alexander supports Sotomayor appointment

Alexander supports Sotomayor appointment

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A critic of many of President Barack Obama's policies Thursday became the highest-ranking Republican to endorse Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Small nuke plant an 'inconvenient answer'

Small nuke plant an 'inconvenient answer'

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- A proposed nuclear plant one-tenth the size of a usual plant is an "inconvenient answer" to U.S. energy needs, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said.

Republicans want Specter donations back

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Some Republican senators say they are taking up an offer by Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to return political contributions since he changed parties.

GOP outlines audit plan for stimulus

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Republican senators have developed a plan for an independent audit of the $787 billion stimulus for the U.S. economy, several GOP senators said Thursday.

Obama team treads fine bipartisan line

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Barack Obama's transition team has been doing well in developing friendly, bipartisan relationships before he takes office in January, Republicans say.
Gingrich works to rehabilitate GOP image

Gingrich works to rehabilitate GOP image

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is rehabilitating his image among U.S. senators looking to avoid GOP defeats this fall, The Hill political paper says.

Congress overrides Bush farm bill veto

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to override President George W. Bush's veto of the $307 billion farm bill, with most Republicans joining Democrats.
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