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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.
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Mark Lunsford Pryor (born January 10, 1963) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Arkansas, serving since 2003. A member of the Democratic Party, he holds the same seat in the U.S. Senate once held by his father, David Pryor, from 1979 to 1997.

Pryor was born in Fayetteville, the seat of Washington County in Northwest Arkansas, to the former Barbara Lunsford and former Governor and U.S. Senator David Hampton Pryor. He is married to Jill Pryor, and has two children, Adams and Porter, as well as a dog named Nic. He received both his bachelor's and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Prior to entering politics, Pryor worked as a private practice attorney. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994. He was elected the state Attorney General in 1998 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000.

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