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John Lewis opposes Michael Boggs for federal court

John Lewis opposes Michael Boggs for federal court

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) --Rep. John Lewis,D-Ga., said he opposes President Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to serve on the federal court, endangering a delicate deal to fill seven vacancies on the state bench.
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Senate invokes cloture on Ukraine aid bill

Senate invokes cloture on Ukraine aid bill

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The Senate voted to invoke cloture on a bill to provide aid to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia Monday, 78-17.
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Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama is expected to fill in the blanks about how he wants money spent in the 2015 budget since top-line numbers are in place, one lawmaker said.

Obama to use executive power 12 times to push agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- President Obama said in his State of the Union address he would use executive power to tackle the U.S. wealth disparity and try to speed the economic recovery.
Monica Lewinsky scandal focus of Rand Paul attack

Monica Lewinsky scandal focus of Rand Paul attack

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Rand Paul tried to give the Democrats a taste of their own medicine by dredging up the Monica Lewinsky scandal on Meet the Press Sunday.
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Rand Paul: Problem is 'we try to agree to too much'

Rand Paul: Problem is 'we try to agree to too much'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday one cause of congressional gridlock is that "we try to agree to too much."
Obama: Botched rollout, Americans' ire 'on me'

Obama: Botched rollout, Americans' ire 'on me'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama announced a one-year delay to a key component of the Affordable Care Act, allowing insurance companies to offer 2013 policies for renewal.
House approves funding, borrowing bill

House approves funding, borrowing bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill funding the government and extending the borrowing limit, setting the stage for the end of the government shutdown.
Three piecemeal federal government spending bills fail in House

Three piecemeal federal government spending bills fail in House

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- House Republicans' attempt to narrow the government shutdown by funding some U.S. agencies failed Tuesday when Democrats refused to go along.
Pentagon: Cost of operating Guantanamo in 2013 is $454 million

Pentagon: Cost of operating Guantanamo in 2013 is $454 million

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Congress Wednesday it will cost $454 million to operate the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bipartisan Senate group strikes deal on federal student loan rates

Bipartisan Senate group strikes deal on federal student loan rates

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of senators formally revealed a plan Thursday that would provide a long-term fix to student loan rates, setting a 8.25 percent ceiling.
Senators say IRS was intimidating, or just doing its duty

Senators say IRS was intimidating, or just doing its duty

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat suggested Sunday Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status was appropriate.
Sen. Durbin says preserve basics of immigration reform plan

Sen. Durbin says preserve basics of immigration reform plan

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A leading Democrat in the U.S. Senate said the bones of an immigration reform bill will remain in place despite some anticipated tweaks.
Durbin calls gun background check proposal appealing

Durbin calls gun background check proposal appealing

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat said Sunday the latest proposal on expanding background checks for gun sales will appeal to enough senators to pass.
Senate confirms Brennan as CIA chief

Senate confirms Brennan as CIA chief

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 63-34 Thursday to confirm John Brennan as the next director of the CIA.
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U.S. President George W. Bush meets with the bipartisan and bicameral leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House on April 18, 2007. From left, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KT), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) . (UPI Photo/Dennis Brack/POOL)
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