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Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- President Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans includes a lunch with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.

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Obama to meet congressional caucuses

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama will go to Capitol Hill next week to talk with lawmakers in both parties about his legislative priorities, the White House said Wednesday.

Some in GOP deny debt ceiling problem

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Some U.S. lawmakers say arguing that failing to raise the federal debt limit would lead to default is a scare tactic and no president "would actually default."
Cliff averted, now what?

Cliff averted, now what?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Business leaders and deficit-reduction hawks say the "fiscal cliff" deal passed by the U.S. Congress is positive because it averts tax hikes, but falls short.

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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.
GOP VP sweepstakes quietly under way

GOP VP sweepstakes quietly under way

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional members are geared for months of talk about possible running mates for the Republican presidential candidate, aides said.
GOP senators float tax credit idea

GOP senators float tax credit idea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Wednesday he and other Senate Republicans prefer a tax credit instead of an extension of the payroll tax cut.
Obama says he will veto efforts to undo cuts

Obama says he will veto efforts to undo cuts

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The congressional supercommittee Monday admitted it failed to find a compromise to trim the U.S. budget deficit $1.2 trillion in the next decade.

GOP 'scaled back' cuts for Dems

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A Republican U.S. senator said Saturday GOP members on the deficit-reduction supercommittee are making huge compromises to reach a deal, but Democrats are not.
Ramping up ideology

Ramping up ideology

There must be at least some envy in Europe over Washington's luxurious deficit reduction timetable.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Sandusky victim: You can't tell Jerry 'no'

Sandusky victim: You can't tell Jerry 'no'

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The mother of "Victim 1" in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal says her son was powerless against former football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Two Republicans put tax plan forward

Two Republicans put tax plan forward

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A plan by two Republican senators to reduce the U.S. deficit by bringing in $300 billion in new revenue has met with a mixed response from Democrats.
Senators take back Paterno nomination

Senators take back Paterno nomination

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators nominated Joe Paterno two months ago for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but Thursday said they withdraw the nomination.
Disaster aid bill clears procedural hurdle

Disaster aid bill clears procedural hurdle

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, on a second try, voted to take up a House-passed bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wants to use to deliver disaster aid.
GOP: Obama made weak economy worse

GOP: Obama made weak economy worse

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama "inherited a weak economy" from a Republican administration, but isn't making it better, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Saturday.
GOP 'supercommittee' picks all anti-tax

GOP 'supercommittee' picks all anti-tax

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Pat Toomey were announced Wednesday as two of six GOP members of the panel charged with cutting the U.S. budget by $1.5 trillion.
DeMint: No increase in debt limit

DeMint: No increase in debt limit

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the most conservative members of the upper house, urged Republicans Friday to block any increase in the U.S. debt ceiling.

Toomey retakes Pa. Senate seat for GOP

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey appeared Tuesday to have reclaimed the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter for the Republican Party.
U.S. Senate hopefuls stress independence

U.S. Senate hopefuls stress independence

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Two candidates in key – and very close – U.S. Senate races distanced themselves from less popular members of their parties in interviews Sunday.

Toomey rips Dems' spending

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., called Saturday for a halt to stimulus spending that he said has failed to revive the economy.
Critz wins in Dem primary for Murtha seat

Critz wins in Dem primary for Murtha seat

PITTSBURGH, May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak was declared the winner over incumbent Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Senate primary Tuesday night.
Poll: Toomey pulls ahead of Specter

Poll: Toomey pulls ahead of Specter

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Republican candidate Pat Toomey has pulled ahead of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in the race for Specter's seat, a Quinnipiac University poll indicated.
New poll bad news for Sen. Specter

New poll bad news for Sen. Specter

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fewer than one-third of Pennsylvania voters believe U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter should be elected to another term, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
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