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Alaska welcomes LNG export approval

Alaska welcomes LNG export approval

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed an Energy Department decision to approve exports from a liquefied natural gas plant near Kenai, Alaska.
Daniel J. Graeber
Murkowski leads effort to push Keystone XL pipeline, LNG exports

Murkowski leads effort to push Keystone XL pipeline, LNG exports

April 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski unveiled a measure that would facilitate the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and fast-track liquefied natural gas exports.
Daniel J. Graeber
Unemployment insurance passes test vote in Senate

Unemployment insurance passes test vote in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The Senate took another step towards passing an extension on emergency unemployment insurance Thursday, voting 65-34 to begin debate.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate panel reviews prospects for energy exports

Senate panel reviews prospects for energy exports

March 26 (UPI) -- The United States is in a unique position to use its energy resources to increase its leverage on the international stage, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
Daniel J. Graeber
The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Murkowski said U.S. crude oil exports make sense

Murkowski said U.S. crude oil exports make sense

HOUSTON, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said the country has a "golden opportunity" to capitalize on oil production growth if the government allows for exports.
Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."
Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The White House slammed Senate Republicans Thursday after they blocked a third attempt to extend unemployment benefits.
Unemployment insurance blocked by Senate GOP

Unemployment insurance blocked by Senate GOP

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A long-term unemployment benefit extension failed in the Senate again Thursday when Democrats came up one vote shy of breaking a GOP-led filibuster.
Gabrielle Levy

Murkowski gets answers she wants on arctic energy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she has been reassured the Interior Department will provide clear regulations for arctic oil and gas exploration.
Debate stirs over benefits of U.S. oil exports

Debate stirs over benefits of U.S. oil exports

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The American Petroleum Institute said exporting U.S. crude oil could mean lower energy costs for consumers, an issue countered by others in the energy sector.

Jobless-aid impasse develops ahead of showdown vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. jobless-aid impasse pits the Democrats' plan to pay the $18 billion tab 10 years down the road against a Republican counter bid yet to be formulated.

U.S. refiner backs oil export restrictions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. refining company Valero said keeping crude oil produced in the United States in the domestic market shields the economy from overseas shocks.
Obama: Budget deal 'good first step' but Congress must do more

Obama: Budget deal 'good first step' but Congress must do more

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Senate passage of a budget will help avoid "crisis-driven decision-making" but urged Congress to extend unemployment insurance.

Obama on filibuster end: 'Unprecedented pattern of obstruction'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama praised majority Democrats who killed the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule Thursday, citing "an unprecedented pattern of obstruction."

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.

Senate to debate gay-rights job bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes a Senate bill to be debated Tuesday outlawing workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
U.S. Senate advances ENDA on procedural vote

U.S. Senate advances ENDA on procedural vote

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate in a procedural vote Monday advanced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to protect gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in the workplace.
Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Alaska is rich in natural resources that can be exploited using "thoughtful and wise management," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.
U.S. LNG exports sparks debate

U.S. LNG exports sparks debate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A decision to allow more exports of liquefied natural gas from U.S. ports sparked concern from an environmental group, though a lawmaker celebrated the move.

B. Todd Jones wins Senate approval as next ATF chief

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate avoided a filibuster Wednesday and voted to confirm B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Debate ensues over U.S. oil revenue

Debate ensues over U.S. oil revenue

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she was disappointed the government is wary of legislation that would distribute oil production royalties to coastal states.

Perez nomination as labor secretary advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 60-40 to end debate on the nomination of Thomas Perez, clearing the way for his confirmation as secretary of labor.
Paul, Cruz back Gillibrand military sex-assault revamp

Paul, Cruz back Gillibrand military sex-assault revamp

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Two Tea Party Senate firebrands joined Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in pressing to end U.S. military commanders' power to decide which sex assaults to prosecute.

Senate committee OKs ban on LGBT workplace discrimination

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Wednesday voted in favor of a bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
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