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Unemployment insurance passes test vote in Senate

Unemployment insurance passes test vote in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The Senate took another step towards passing an extension on emergency unemployment insurance Thursday, voting 65-34 to begin debate.
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The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

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Bipartisan unemployment extension deal reached in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- A deal to extend expired unemployment benefits five months that includes offsets to pay for them was struck Thursday, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said.
GOP bashes Obama's 2015 budget proposal in weekly address

GOP bashes Obama's 2015 budget proposal in weekly address

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Republican Sen. Rob Portman said President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2015 is the "same old story" Saturday during the weekly GOP address.
Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

Obama to unveil his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama is expected to fill in the blanks about how he wants money spent in the 2015 budget since top-line numbers are in place, one lawmaker said.
Portman, Van Hollen spar over debt reduction in proposed 2015 budget

Portman, Van Hollen spar over debt reduction in proposed 2015 budget

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday President Barack Obama's proposed 2015 budget does not deal with the growing debt problem.
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."

Jobless-aid impasse develops ahead of showdown vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. jobless-aid impasse pits the Democrats' plan to pay the $18 billion tab 10 years down the road against a Republican counter bid yet to be formulated.

GOP says technology and higher minimum wage don't mix

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Republican lawmaker said Sunday that new technology in the fast-food industry could lead to massive job cuts if Congress raises the U.S. minimum wage.

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.

Keystone XL measure inserted into efficiency bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- An amendment inserted into a bill before the U.S. Senate says the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada is in the national interest though project critics cried foul.
Financial watchdog Richard Cordray sworn in

Financial watchdog Richard Cordray sworn in

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday hailed the long-delayed confirmation of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the third Republican senator to do so.
White House setting groundwork for debt-ceiling increase

White House setting groundwork for debt-ceiling increase

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said he had "a good conversation" with some Senate Republicans concerning the U.S. debt ceiling.
Menendez: Examine tax-exempt claims by political partisans

Menendez: Examine tax-exempt claims by political partisans

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat said Congress should expand its focus on the Internal Revenue Service and examine the use of non-profit groups for partisan purposes.
Bloomberg group grades lawmakers' gun votes

Bloomberg group grades lawmakers' gun votes

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition will now rate lawmakers on their gun records, the coalition's director said.
The Issue: Same-sex marriage support more vocal, more widespread

The Issue: Same-sex marriage support more vocal, more widespread

Same-sex marriage is garnering new-found, or at least more publicized, acceptance across the United States, cutting across political and philosophical lines as the idea of two people of the same sex in a committed relationship isn't as off-putting as it was, say, a year ago.
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GOP Sen. Kirk in favor of gay marriage

GOP Sen. Kirk in favor of gay marriage

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Two U.S. senators said Tuesday they favor gay marriage -- Mark Kirk of Illinois, just the second Republican solon to do so, and Democrat Tom Carper of Delaware.
Rep. Salmon: Son gay but marriage straight

Rep. Salmon: Son gay but marriage straight

PHOENIX, April 2 (UPI) -- Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said his son's homosexuality had not led him to change his view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Flake: GOP gay marriage support inevitable

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- A Republican U.S. presidential nominee will back same-sex marriage sooner or later and will get party support, says a senator widely seen as a rising GOP star.
McCaskill endorses right of gays to marry

McCaskill endorses right of gays to marry

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- Claire McCaskill has come out in support of gay marriage, becoming the second sitting U.S. senator to reverse a long-held position on the issue in recent days.
GOP's Portman supporting same-sex marriage

GOP's Portman supporting same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says he now endorses same-sex marriage, a "new perspective" brought on by his son's 2011 revelation that he is gay.
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