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Senate advances stopgap spending bill, Cruz talkathon ends

Senate advances stopgap spending bill, Cruz talkathon ends

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Senate voted 100-0 Wednesday to advance a House-passed stopgap spending bill after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ended his 21-hour tirade against Obamacare.

Rubio keeps on bringing in donor dollars

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., remains a fundraising champion even though his support for immigration reform has cost him support, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Will court change church-state equation?

Will court change church-state equation?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Will the narrow conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court make it easier for communities across the United States to open government meetings with prayer -- almost always Christian prayer? Maybe.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Rand Paul campaign pots filling faster in 2013

Rand Paul campaign pots filling faster in 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul raised nearly $2 million in campaign funds in the first half of 2013, records show, even as his political plans for 2016 aren't yet known.
Politics 2014: Lee says GOP support grows for defunding Obamacare

Politics 2014: Lee says GOP support grows for defunding Obamacare

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says his effort to block funding resolutions that include money for implementing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, is gaining support among Republican colleagues in the upper chamber.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Poll finds most in Ohio don't want Gov. Kasich to be president

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Ohio voters have little enthusiasm for a presidential run by Gov. John Kasich, a poll released Friday indicated.
Politics 2014: Endorsements for McConnell not coming in from Tea Party

Politics 2014: Endorsements for McConnell not coming in from Tea Party

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a darling of the Republican Party's conservative wing, didn't offer support for party leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, when asked if he would back McConnell over Tea Party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in the primary.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Rep. Paul Ryan: Federal government shutdown a bad idea

Rep. Paul Ryan: Federal government shutdown a bad idea

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Republicans shouldn't shut down Washington if President Obama's healthcare law is included in the new budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says.
Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Winter, spring, summer or fall ... it's a long way to 2016. The Paul/Christie feud means one thing: The presidential campaign is upon us.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Republicans divided on plan to defund Obamacare

Republicans divided on plan to defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A pledge to use a U.S. government shutdown to deny funding for healthcare reform has split Senate Republicans, with Bob Corker of Tennessee calling it "silly."

Coburn, Burr oppose government shutdown to fight ACA

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said Friday attempts by congressional Republicans to defund the Affordable Care Act are "dishonest" and cannot succeed.

Poll: Hillary Clinton would beat likely Republican nominees

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would defeat any of five possible Republican U.S. presidential nominees, a poll released Wednesday indicated.

Bipartisan furor over North Korea, Cuba

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Bipartisan leaders in the U.S. Senate called on the White House to send a strong message in response to Cuban weapons shipments to North Korea.

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.
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Aide can't confirm Rubio authoring ban on abortions after 20 weeks

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- An adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., couldn't confirm a conservative publication's report that Rubio will sponsor a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Poll: Clinton, Obama favorability ratings dip

Poll: Clinton, Obama favorability ratings dip

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slipped in favorability ratings but stayed ahead of President Obama in popularity measure, an ABC poll indicated.

3 same-sex marriage activists arrested at Sen. Marco Rubio's office

TAMPA, Fla., June 26 (UPI) -- South Florida police arrested three same-sex marriage activists who staged a sit-in at the Tampa office of Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
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.
Reid sets Senate vote on key immigration bill amendment

Reid sets Senate vote on key immigration bill amendment

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday the Senate will vote next week on border security, a key issue holding up action on immigration reform.
Senate rejects Cornyn's border security trigger amendment

Senate rejects Cornyn's border security trigger amendment

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday voted down an amendment that would have required border security triggers before immigrants be given legal status.
GOP slams IRS on planned $70 million in bonuses

GOP slams IRS on planned $70 million in bonuses

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans are criticizing the Internal Revenue Service for plans to pay $70 million in bonuses officials say may be contractually required.

Graham: Immigration reform will pass

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said a Republican candidate will be unable to win in the 2016 presidential election unless Congress passes immigration reform.

Rubio criticizes Obama's inaction in Syria

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Marco Rubio criticized President Barack Obama for not intervening in the Syrian conflict sooner, and said that his delay caused the situation to escalate.
The Issue: Immigration reform bill finally hits Senate floor

The Issue: Immigration reform bill finally hits Senate floor

Debate finally began on the U.S. Senate floor last week on the bipartisan immigration reform bill seen as the best opportunity on a while – or for a while – to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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