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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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White House blasts GOP on Hagel filibuster

White House blasts GOP on Hagel filibuster

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans "put political posturing" over national security in blocking President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, the White House said.

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Senate reauthorizes VAWA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act and sent it to the House, which passed its own version last year.

Cantor: Sequester isn't a good policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Rep. Eric Cantor, U.S. House majority leader, said the planned sequester-driven spending cuts are not the right policy for controlling costs.
Fiscal Cliff: Social Security, Medicare could be cut to rein in spending

Fiscal Cliff: Social Security, Medicare could be cut to rein in spending

As the clock ticked down on 2012 and the "fiscal cliff" loomed ever larger, concerns mounted among seniors and their advocates any solution to U.S. fiscal problems would be resolved at least partially on their backs.
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Democrats push to keep DREAM alive

Democrats push to keep DREAM alive

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats are calling on supporters of the DREAM Act to appeal to opponents and put a face on the issue of illegal immigration.

Obama, Dem leaders meet at White House

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders discussed their legislative agenda and jobs Wednesday, a White House official said.
Third GOP senator: Raise top earners' taxes

Third GOP senator: Raise top earners' taxes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a proposal by Democrats to expand a payroll tax holiday and pay for it with a higher taxes on millionaires.
Durbin leads on defending Wall Street bill

Durbin leads on defending Wall Street bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin plans to use his position on an appropriations subcommittee to keep Republicans from gutting financial reform, aides say.
Healthcare debate may tackle abortion

Healthcare debate may tackle abortion

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Consideration on abortion language could come as soon as the U.S. Senate prepares to resume debate on its healthcare reform bill, senators say.
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