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Illinois lawmakers want answers after BP spill

Illinois lawmakers want answers after BP spill

March 28 (UPI) -- The possibility that Canada's heavier grade of oil may have spilled from BP's Whiting refinery into Lake Michigan is cause for concern, Illinois senators said.
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
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

Bipartisan unemployment extension deal reached in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- A deal to extend expired unemployment benefits five months that includes offsets to pay for them was struck Thursday, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said.
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."

U.S. Senate backing new sanctions on Iran if it reneges on nuke pact

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- More than half of U.S. senators say they back a bill to put new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't fulfill commitments in an interim deal on its nuclear program.
Top Democrat says Republicans should find cuts for jobless benefits

Top Democrat says Republicans should find cuts for jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's open to finding budget cuts to pay for extending unemployment benefits.
White House vows to veto Iran sanctions bill

White House vows to veto Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The White House vowed to veto a bipartisan Senate bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it violates an interim deal to curb its nuclear program.
Janet Yellen approved by Senate committee

Janet Yellen approved by Senate committee

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Janet Yellen was approved by the Senate Banking Committee Thursday as President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, sending her confirmation to a full Senate vote.
Gabrielle Levy

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.
Report: Iran close to having enough material for a nuclear device

Report: Iran close to having enough material for a nuclear device

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear device in as little time as a month, a top U.S. nuclear expert said.

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.

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.

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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Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, Kirk was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 10th congressional district.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, he graduated from Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1989 and was recalled to active duty for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He participated in Operation Northern Watch in Iraq the following year. He remains a member of the Navy Reserve, now holding the rank of Commander.

Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010 he won a special election to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and he began a six-year Senate term beginning in 2011.

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