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Sen. Harry Reid: More public education needed for Obamacare

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Affordable Care Act needs more funding to educate the public about their options, or it could become a "train wreck."
Max Baucus, D-Mont., expected to retire from Senate

Max Baucus, D-Mont., expected to retire from Senate

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat frequently at odds with Democratic colleagues, has decided to retire, party officials say.
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.

Suicide actually homicide, parents allege

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- The parents of a Montana man found dead in Singapore say police reports labeling his death a suicide are untrue, and they believe he was killed.

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Retailers applaud online tax bill

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- Major U.S. retail groups applauded the Senate's approval in a 75-24 vote for a law forcing large Internet firms to collect state sales taxes.

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.
Politics 2013: Dueling 2014 budgets introduced in House, Senate budget committees

Politics 2013: Dueling 2014 budgets introduced in House, Senate budget committees

The introduction of U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget was deja vu all over again, sort of, but with a twist of balancing the federal budget in 10 years instead of further out.
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Senate confirms Lew as treasury secretary

Senate confirms Lew as treasury secretary

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted handily to confirm Jack Lew as treasury secretary despite reservations by some Republicans.

Opponent claims money pushing Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A group opposed to the use of tar sands oil said U.S. lawmakers pressing for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline are backed by the oil industry.

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Senate Dems unveil sequester alternative

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats Thursday presented a $110 billion alternative to the looming sequester that raises $55 billion in new revenue through the Buffett Rule.
Amidst grilling, Lew stresses cooperation

Amidst grilling, Lew stresses cooperation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew stressed across-the-aisle cooperation in remarks prepared for his U.S. treasury secretary confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Senate Dems work on sequester alternative

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats said they are working to craft an alternative to the $85 billion spending cut sequester scheduled for March 1.

Bipartisan support grows for Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators called on U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after it passed a Nebraska review.

Online tax vote unlikely in this Congress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Congress is unlikely to vote before the current session ends in January on allowing states to tax goods sold online, an aide to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says.

Senate passes Russia trade bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate approved a measure that would grant Russia permanent normal trade relations status on a 92-4 vote.
Durbin: 'Fiscal cliff' can be averted

Durbin: 'Fiscal cliff' can be averted

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Tuesday said he is confident Democrats and Republicans can avert the so-called fiscal cliff since they agree on so many issues.

Swiss banks closing U.S. accounts

BERN, Switzerland, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Swiss bankers say they are restricting or denying service to "the few American clients" they have because compliance with new U.S. tax law is cost-prohibitive.
Senate panel OKs less 'perk'-y tax reform

Senate panel OKs less 'perk'-y tax reform

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Senate Finance Committee's foray into changing the U.S. Tax Code started with either a bang or a whimper, depending on who's providing the review.
Parties reach deal on business tax breaks

Parties reach deal on business tax breaks

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Senate Democrats and Republicans said Wednesday they have reached a deal to extend billions of dollars in business and personal tax breaks.
Senate investigating veterans charity

Senate investigating veterans charity

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The Disabled Veterans National Foundation could lose its tax-exempt status because of its spending patterns, a U.S. senator said Wednesday.
Payroll-tax cut, unemployment deal sealed

Payroll-tax cut, unemployment deal sealed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Lawmakers sealed a $150 billion House-Senate deal to extend a U.S. payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and Medicare payment rates, key negotiators said.
President Obama signs two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax holiday

President Obama signs two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax holiday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Friday signed a compromise deal extending the Social Security payroll tax holiday for two months.
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