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Incumbent Sen. Durbin, D-Ill., to face GOP Jim Oberweis in November

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., will face Republican Jim Oberweis in November after Oberweis won a closer-than-expected primary against Doug Truax.
U.S. lawmakers support sanctions against Russia over Crimea invasion

U.S. lawmakers support sanctions against Russia over Crimea invasion

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say the best way to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from trying to seize more of Ukrainian territory is economic sanctions.

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.

Missile interceptors scrutinized after latest test failure

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The viability of a system designed to destroy missiles headed for the United States has come under scrutiny after mixed results during testing, officials said.

Senate defense subcommittee approves $594 billion Pentagon bill

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The Senate defense subcommittee approved a $594.4 billion bill Tuesday that keeps Pentagon spending in 2014 at pre-sequestration levels.

Groups seek more accountability in Border Patrol use of force

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Lawmakers, rights groups and families of victims say they want more accountability for the Border Patrol after agents were blamed in the deaths of 15 people.

Senate panel takes on mammoth immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee Thursday began the arduous process of marking up proposed legislation overhauling the nation's immigration laws.
Yemeni says drones turning his neighbors into U.S. enemies

Yemeni says drones turning his neighbors into U.S. enemies

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- A Yemeni man who spent time in the United States as a high school student warned Congress that drone strikes are making his neighbors anti-American.
The lost fight for gun control

The lost fight for gun control

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- As the images of 20 first-graders massacred in Connecticut, of the horrific attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona, of the slaughter of movie-goers in Aurora, Colo., and of numerous other mass killings in the United States fade in the national memory, the fervor to restrict access to some types of weapons and magazines appears to be abating.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Politics 2013: Is third time a charm for immigration reform?

Politics 2013: Is third time a charm for immigration reform?

Both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators say they want to fix the country's immigration system Obama called "out of date and badly broken."
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Giffords: 'Too many children are dying. ... We must do something'

Giffords: 'Too many children are dying. ... We must do something'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday "the time is now" to act on gun violence because "too many children are dying."
Durbin: Hagel has Dems support so far

Durbin: Hagel has Dems support so far

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin said Democrats, so far, indicated they wouldn't oppose ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation as defense secretary.

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Senators reveal immigration overhaul plan

Senators reveal immigration overhaul plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators offered a proposal to revamp the country's immigration laws Monday, saying the time is here to begin fixing the system

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McCain: Immigration plan to be released

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain said Sunday he and his colleagues will be releasing their immigration reform plan this week.

FDA to consider energy drink labels

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it will consider whether new labeling requirements and health warnings on caffeinated energy drinks are warranted.

Rep. Graham: Iran taking advantage

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday he thinks Iran is "trying to take advantage" of the U.S. presidential elections to discuss nuclear enrichment.

U.S. backs pro-Tymoshenko legislation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate announced passage of a resolution that calls for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to be released from prison.

Giuliani questions Biden 'mental capacity'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani Sunday questioned Vice President Joe Biden's "mental capacity."
Obama rips GOP block of consumer advocate

Obama rips GOP block of consumer advocate

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A terse President Obama ripped Senate Republicans' blocking confirmation the man Obama picked to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
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.

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Durbin: BofA 'sticking it to' consumers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat said Monday Bank of America Corp. is "sticking it to American consumers" with a $5-per-month fee on most of its debit card accounts.
GOP pushes balanced budget amendment

GOP pushes balanced budget amendment

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called Wednesday for hearings on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
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