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Concerns over Russia spill into NASA budget discussion

Concerns over Russia spill into NASA budget discussion

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Concerns over deteriorating relations with Russia spilled into Thursday's subcommittee hearing on NASA's budget for next year.
Gabrielle Levy
House committee chairman urges NASA to make 'flyby' Mars mission

House committee chairman urges NASA to make 'flyby' Mars mission

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith asked NASA to consider sending a manned 'flyby' Mars mission as early as 2021.
Ananth Baliga
Odds of alien life 'very high,' House panel hears

Odds of alien life 'very high,' House panel hears

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The likelihood of life on other planets is "very high," a planetary scientist told a House committee in a hearing some Democrats chided as evading U.S. issues.
Acting IRS chief resigns, Obama promises 'new safeguards'

Acting IRS chief resigns, Obama promises 'new safeguards'

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service has resigned after "inexcusable" misconduct by some IRS personnel.

Keystone XL part of climate debate, lawmakers told

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- The debate over the Keystone XL pipeline is part of a larger conversation regarding climate change, the Natural Resources Defense Council said.
Politics 2013: Is third time a charm for immigration reform?

Politics 2013: Is third time a charm for immigration reform?

Both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators say they want to fix the country's immigration system Obama called "out of date and badly broken."
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Senators reveal immigration overhaul plan

Senators reveal immigration overhaul plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators offered a proposal to revamp the country's immigration laws Monday, saying the time is here to begin fixing the system
House votes to strike 'lunatic' from laws

House votes to strike 'lunatic' from laws

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would remove the word "lunatic" from U.S. laws with one dissent.

Bill to overhaul visa system fails

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill designed to reallocate visas to foreign nationals with science and technology skills.
Deluge of immigrant applications expected

Deluge of immigrant applications expected

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A deluge of requests was expected Wednesday when 1.2 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children could seek a temporary reprieve.
House OKs bill limiting Obama authority

House OKs bill limiting Obama authority

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Thursday approved a bill that would largely prevent President Barack Obama from creating new federal regulations for the remainder of his term.

Holder accused of 'stonewalling'

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., accused U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of "stonewalling" during a hearing Thursday on a botched gun operation.

Protect IP and SOPA legislation postponed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Congressional leaders Friday postponed action on anti-Internet piracy legislation, apparently feeling the pressure from tech companies and online activists.

Wikipedia to shut down in censorship row

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Web site Wikipedia says it will show solidarity with the protest against an anti-piracy bill before the U.S. Congress by shutting down for a day.

Smith tones down intellectual piracy bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said an online piracy prevention act he's sponsoring would have its most controversial provision removed.

Farmers: Crisis if no undocumented workers

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Florida farmers warn of a crisis if Washington passes a bill stripping them of their undocumented workforce, which accounts for 75 percent of their workers.

Nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants deported

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants were deported in 2010, with an increasing number of deportees convicted criminals, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said.

California squashes local E-Verify laws

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Advocates of a law mandating businesses check on the immigration status of workers in California say they are disappointed the state blocked the local laws.

Business moves to stop immigration bill

MIAMI, July 6 (UPI) -- Business leaders are mobilizing against forcing employers to verify their workers' immigration status, predicting dire effects on farming and tourism.
Miami Cubans fearful of detention bill

Miami Cubans fearful of detention bill

MIAMI, June 22 (UPI) -- Immigration activists in Miami said they are monitoring a bill that would allow convicted foreign nationals to be held indefinitely until they can be deported.
Dems push for review of gun-safety laws

Dems push for review of gun-safety laws

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- House Democrats have made a 180-degree turn on U.S. gun safety, going from no hearings when they ran the House to calling on Republicans to examine gun laws.

Report: ICE raids targeted non-criminals

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. House Judiciary Committee member Lamar Smith on Wednesday defended the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements' fugitive alien apprehension program.

Louisiana federal judge may be impeached

NEW ORLEANS, June 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives may undertake a rare impeachment trial of a Louisiana federal judge accused of accepting bribes and perjury.

Iraqi officers on the lam in in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Iraqi law enforcement and military officers training in the United States for special intelligence programs disappeared or left their posts to seek asylum.

Report: Lawmakers near immigration deal

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. senators involved in closed-door meetings on an overhaul of the country's immigration system say they are approaching an agreement. Sources involved in the negotiations say a deal could include provisions affecting border security and sanctions again
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