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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 22, 2014.
By United Press International

The Issue: Tax reform legislation is Camp's sendoff

Despite indications that his bill was DOA, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced draft legislation that would reform the byzantine -- some say draconian -- U.S. tax code.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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."
Palin gets right-wing birthday greetings on YouTube as she turns 50

Palin gets right-wing birthday greetings on YouTube as she turns 50

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who celebrated her 50th birthday Tuesday, got greetings via YouTube from Sen. John McCain and other Republicans.
Obama chooses Max Baucus as next ambassador to China -- report

Obama chooses Max Baucus as next ambassador to China -- report

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as the next U.S. ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

Senate votes to end debate on bipartisan budget deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to end debate on a bipartisan budget deal, clearing the way for an up-or-down vote.
Senate committee approves Yellen's nomination as Fed chairwoman

Senate committee approves Yellen's nomination as Fed chairwoman

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Senate Banking Committee Thursday approved Janet Yellen's nomination to serve as the first U.S. Federal Reserve chairwoman with a 14-8 vote.
The Issue: Obamacare apology tour in full swing

The Issue: Obamacare apology tour in full swing

If love is never having to say you're sorry, there's apparently no love between lawmakers and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius when it comes to the health insurance marketplace rollout.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Sebelius: Experts advised against suspending healthcare.gov for fixes

Sebelius: Experts advised against suspending healthcare.gov for fixes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The federal health exchange website remains up based on advice that shutting it down may not be best for fixing it, the top U.S. healthcare official said.

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.
GOP senators pile blame on Cruz for shutdown

GOP senators pile blame on Cruz for shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Republican leaders piled blame on freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for failed tactics that forced a U.S. government shutdown, but Cruz remained defiant.

Online SHOP enrollment, part of Obamacare, delayed one month

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The Obama administration said it would delay for one month online enrollment for the SHOP program, part of the Affordable Care Act geared for small businesses.
FEC ends Hatch presidential bid, 14 years after election

FEC ends Hatch presidential bid, 14 years after election

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Sen. Orrin Hatch has officially ended his campaign for president nearly 14 years after it began, election officials say.

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.
GOP slams IRS on planned $70 million in bonuses

GOP slams IRS on planned $70 million in bonuses

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans are criticizing the Internal Revenue Service for plans to pay $70 million in bonuses officials say may be contractually required.
Senate strikes down immigration reform amendment

Senate strikes down immigration reform amendment

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday rejected an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have required increased border security, officials said.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she supports immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- An immigration reform bill may have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster after U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said Sunday she supports it.
Immigration reform legislation sent to Senate floor

Immigration reform legislation sent to Senate floor

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 Tuesday night to send U.S. immigration reform legislation to the Senate floor.
IRS chief says targeting was foolish but not political

IRS chief says targeting was foolish but not political

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The departing chief of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service says he takes the blame for planting a question about the targeting of conservative political groups.
Obama calls IRS scrutiny of groups 'intolerable and inexcusable'

Obama calls IRS scrutiny of groups 'intolerable and inexcusable'

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- President Obama Tuesday called the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of Tea Party groups "intolerable and inexcusable."
HHS Secretary Sebelius blasted over contribution solicitation

HHS Secretary Sebelius blasted over contribution solicitation

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Republicans say the U.S. health and human services secretary broke the law by asking industry groups to help put the public healthcare law into effect.
Obama says budget is 'fiscally responsible' blueprint

Obama says budget is 'fiscally responsible' blueprint

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama put Medicare and Social Security back on the table, along with funding universal pre-kindergarten in his version of the budget.

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Senator's office calls police on caller

SALT LAKE CITY, April 3 (UPI) -- A Salt Lake City woman said she was called by U.S. Capitol Police after calling the local office U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, to ask about whether he'd be in town.
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