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At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Liz Cheney: Republicans shouldn't have negotiated Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate challenger Liz Cheney said Sunday if Republicans had refused to negotiate the Affordable Care Act, "we probably wouldn't be where we are today."
Politics 2014: October 2013 helps shape message for November 2014

Politics 2014: October 2013 helps shape message for November 2014

The U.S. government shutdown, immigration reform, budget woes, problems with the Affordable Care Act online enrollment created a whirlpool of controversy and contretemps for Washington and provided blood-stirring language for the 2014 midterm elections and beyond.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Ad in Wyoming Senate race attacks Liz Cheney on gay marriage

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A television ad in the U.S. Senate battle between incumbent Michael Enzi and Republican challenger Liz Cheney hits Cheney on same-sex marriage.

82 U.S. lawmakers ask that ban on gay men donating blood be lifted

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- More than 80 U.S. congressional members Monday asked the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men donating blood, calling it an outdated policy.
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

Maine senator eyed for healthcare reform

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Senate Democrats are looking to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to join them in moving ahead on sweeping changes in healthcare, political strategists said.
Tax problems delay vote on Hilda Solis

Tax problems delay vote on Hilda Solis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee delayed action Thursday on Rep. Hilda Solis's nomination for labor secretary after learning her husband had income tax problems.

Washington considers pension fund relief

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Washington lawmakers said they would consider relief for companies having trouble meeting pension fund obligations as the U.S. economy slows.

Senate panel OKs tobacco regulation bill

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate panel has approved a bill that empowers the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, Congressional Quarterly said Thursday.

Acting FDA head named permanent

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate in Washington approved the appointment of Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Leavitt praised in Senate hearings

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. health and human services secretary nominee Michael Leavitt drew praise from lawmakers at a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Commentary: Invest in the USA

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- America's economy needs a boost. The Senate's Invest in the USA Act and its House equivalent, the Homeland Investment Act, aim to iron out a quirk of U.S. tax policy that keeps billions of dollars earned by U.S. firms overseas.
IAIN MURRAY, Special to UPI
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