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Senate Democrats pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats, showing consensus on the need to address climate change, spoke in a marathon that ended early Tuesday before legislative business began.
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama's civil rights nominee Wednesday because of criticism over his involvement in the defense of a convicted cop-killer.
Reid: No Senate vote on minimum wage until after March recess

Reid: No Senate vote on minimum wage until after March recess

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will delay action on raising the minimum wage until late March, accusing Republicans of "obstruction."

GOP: Healthcare law shows Obama policies 'fatally flawed'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama's policies are "fundamentally flawed," a Republican congressman said Saturday, targeting the president's healthcare law.
WH: Rule change due to GOP's 'historic obstructionism'

WH: Rule change due to GOP's 'historic obstructionism'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate confirmation votes on three of President Obama's nominees could come in December since the chamber changed its rules, the White House said.

Obama on filibuster end: 'Unprecedented pattern of obstruction'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama praised majority Democrats who killed the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule Thursday, citing "an unprecedented pattern of obstruction."

Exxon faces stiff penalty for Arkansas spill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. faces nearly $2.7 million in fines for a violations tied to a March oil spill from its Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas, federal regulators said.
Obama postpones meeting while Reid, McConnell talk on debt ceiling

Obama postpones meeting while Reid, McConnell talk on debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama's meeting Monday with congressional leaders was postponed as Senate leaders work on opening government and the debt limit, the White House said.
White House: Obama would veto supercommittee resolution

White House: Obama would veto supercommittee resolution

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The White House said if Congress passes legislation establishing a so-called supercommittee on deficit reduction, U.S. President Barack Obama will veto it.
The Issue: Obamacare -- Deadlines approaching, shutdown looming?

The Issue: Obamacare -- Deadlines approaching, shutdown looming?

With summer fading and fall healthcare reform deadlines approaching, politicians are getting nervous -- Democrats fearing President Obama's signature domestic accomplishment won't work and Republicans fearing it will.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
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

Bloomberg urges donors to withhold support from four Democrats

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked major New York political donors Wednesday to withhold support from four Democrats who voted against background checks.

U.S. Senate Democratic leaders worry about gun control ads

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders say they worry New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns' efforts could cost Democrats control of the chamber.
Senators facing tough re-election want better funding of rural schools

Senators facing tough re-election want better funding of rural schools

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Democratic senators from Alaska and Arkansas are leading the push to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law to provide better funding for rural area schools.

Bloomberg to be NRA's 'counterweight' in elections

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he's tapping into his vast fortune to provide a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association.
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.
GOP not backing down on gun bill

GOP not backing down on gun bill

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers indicated they would keep opposing gun-control legislation in the U.S. Senate after a potential GOP filibuster was thwarted Thursday.
Bloomberg group grades lawmakers' gun votes

Bloomberg group grades lawmakers' gun votes

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition will now rate lawmakers on their gun records, the coalition's director said.

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Senate passes first budget in four years

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, by the slimmest of margins, approved its first budget in four years early Saturday, party leaders said.
Congress approves bill to fund gov't

Congress approves bill to fund gov't

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- The House Thursday approved a short-term funding measure that keeps the U.S. government running until the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.

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Senate rejects sequester bills from both parties

Senate rejects sequester bills from both parties

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday rebuffed two proposals to head off sequestration, meaning $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will begin to roll out.
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