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Senate wards off GOP filibuster on U.S. immigration reform bill

Senate wards off GOP filibuster on U.S. immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Monday voted 67-27 to kill a Republican attempt to filibuster the immigration reform bill.

14 energy, wilderness bills passed by Senate

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- A series of bills passed by a Senate energy committee strikes the appropriate balance between energy and conservation, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the third Republican senator to do so.

U.S. oil, gas debate shifts north

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is called on to enact measures that would prohibit oil and gas exploration in an arctic reserve, U.S. House leaders said.

Debate stirs over Alaskan energy policies

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Energy exploration conducted in an Alaskan reserve area decades ago left behind a legacy of contamination, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said.
Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

The road to the 2016 general election is becoming more and more rocky as mounting numbers of members of the U.S. Congress announce their intentions to seek a life beyond Capitol Hill.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Bipartisan praise heaped on energy chief Moniz

Bipartisan praise heaped on energy chief Moniz

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will help position the United States as a world leader in terms of sustainable natural resources, President Obama said.

Policy woes cloud arctic energy potential

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. policymakers and those in the energy industry need a clear set of rules before they can start arctic exploration campaigns, lawmakers said.

U.S. oil efforts focus on Atlantic coast

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Potential oil and natural gas reserves off the coast of Virginia must be included in a comprehensive energy plan, the oil industry said.

Warm reception for U.S. hydropower

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. legislation under consideration for hydropower improvement is viewed favorably by federal energy regulators, FERC Energy Director Jeff Wright said.
U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

U.S. Senate votes to kill gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Wednesday the Senate vote to kill a bill expanding gun sale background checks was "shameful," but it was "just round 1" of the fight.
Toomey, Manchin mull gun-bill compromise to lure support

Toomey, Manchin mull gun-bill compromise to lure support

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Backers of a bipartisan plan to expand U.S. gun-sale background checks mulled changing their compromise measure to win Senate votes, two news outlets reported.
Senate confirms Jewell as interior chief

Senate confirms Jewell as interior chief

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed outdoor retailer REI chief Sally Jewell as interior secretary, overcoming threats by some Republicans to hold up her nomination.
Rep. Salmon: Son gay but marriage straight

Rep. Salmon: Son gay but marriage straight

PHOENIX, April 2 (UPI) -- Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said his son's homosexuality had not led him to change his view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Flake: GOP gay marriage support inevitable

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- A Republican U.S. presidential nominee will back same-sex marriage sooner or later and will get party support, says a senator widely seen as a rising GOP star.
Interior nominee approved by comittee

Interior nominee approved by comittee

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Thursday gave its approval to President Obama's nomination of Sally Jewell to be Secretary of the Interior.

API welcomes state oil revenue plan

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. energy industry expects revenue for oil and natural gas operations to contribute to an economic renaissance, the American Petroleum Institute said.

Sally Jewell questioned on land use

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, at a hearing for a new Interior chief, said U.S. land isn't just for recreation but for "paychecks" for energy and mining industries.

Murkowski wants balance from Energy chief

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who rolled out a 121-page energy plan last month, said she was concerned about the lack of balance in U.S. energy policy.
Shell suspends drilling in Alaska's arctic

Shell suspends drilling in Alaska's arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC put its exploratory-well drilling off Alaska on ice after several costly accidents but said it was committed to arctic drilling.

Check Atlantic OCS potential, API says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- It would be "irresponsible" for Washington not to take a close look at the reserve potential on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, said trade group API.
GOP calls for changes in U.S. rules

GOP calls for changes in U.S. rules

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Republicans used their weekly radio address to call for a roll-back of government regulations in the U.S. energy industry.

Support grows for U.S. LNG exports

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government needs to embrace a policy that prioritizes domestic energy resources like gas as an economic driver, the American Chemistry Council said.

Murkowski's energy blueprint stirs debate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A proposal from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, drew fire from environmentalists but earned praise for its economic initiatives from the energy sector.
Class divide in 'no budget, no pay?'

Class divide in 'no budget, no pay?'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Some members of the U.S. Senate said the "no budget, no pay" provision in the debt ceiling bill would cause them hardship if the blow the budget deadline.
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