Democrats push Equal Pay Day in early campaign effort

Democrats push Equal Pay Day in early campaign effort

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Democrats in Washington launched an all-out push Tuesday, led by a pair of executive orders signed by President Barack Obama, in an effort to close the lingering wage gap between men and women.
Gabrielle Levy
Vilsack: Many affected by food stamp cuts may still qualify for aid

Vilsack: Many affected by food stamp cuts may still qualify for aid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday many of those being cut from food stamp rolls will be able to qualify for assistance in other ways.
Senate gives final approval to farm bill

Senate gives final approval to farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate gave final approval to the farm bill Tuesday, following House approval last week.

Democrats introduce bills aimed at working women

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives announced legislation Thursday aimed at improving the lives of working women.
House passes farm bill on strength of GOP vote

House passes farm bill on strength of GOP vote

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Over rancorous Democratic objections, the Republican-led U.S. House passed a farm bill Thursday that does not include reauthorization of the food stamp program.

Sequester means cuts to Head Start programs but not training

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Sequester cuts slashed Head Start programs for low-income children but 2,800 Head Start leaders still could attend a conference in Maryland, officials said.

Speculators draw fire for U.S. gas prices

DETROIT, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Speculation in commodities markets is in part to blame for the steady rise in U.S. gasoline prices, a petroleum trade group official said.

High gasoline prices irk U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. House members introduced a measure that would help curb the impact of market speculators in the energy sector amid high U.S. gasoline prices.

Obama wins Conn.; Dem. wins Senate seat

HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama won in Connecticut while Democratic Rep. Christopher Murphy trounced wrestling magnate Republican Linda McMahon to win a Senate seat.
White House: No release of oil reserves

White House: No release of oil reserves

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- The White House has denied news reports that President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to release oil from strategic petroleum reserves to ease gasoline prices.

GOP hammered for food-safety cuts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A leading U.S. House Democrat is citing a recent deadly Salmonella outbreak to slam Republicans for their slashing of food-safety funding.

Healthcare bill said solid in House

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. House Democratic leader Friday indicated amendments to the healthcare reform bill likely won't be allowed.

Bill requires calorie labeling on menu

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- A bill introduced in the U.S. Congress would require fast-food and other chain restaurants to post calories and nutrition information on menus.

FDA reforms likely on back burner

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. federal safety watchdog, bruised over recalls, tainted imports and food-poisoning episodes, may have to wait for reform, congressional leaders say.

U.S. lawmaker wants U.N. extension on Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., said he wants to explore with former Iraqi officials options regarding the security deal between Iraq and the United States.

Pelosi discusses improving product safety

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A bill that would ban lead from children's toys could help the Consumer Product Safety Commission do its job, said U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Growing taste for food-origin labels

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Congressional momentum is growing to require meat, produce and nuts sold in the United States to include labels showing where they came from, lawmakers say.

Food safety network up for overhaul

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Several U.S. lawmakers are proposing a new federal agency to oversee all food safety in the United States.

Food safety considered in light of E.coli

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials have known for years that new food handling regulations were needed and recent E.coli outbreaks may result in changes, The New York Times said.

U.S.-China chicken trade rule has critics

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- A new U.S. Agriculture Department rule to allow China to import, process and export back U.S. chicken has experts confused and Congress upset. The deal loosens previous rules against importing chicken from China.

FDA, Congress consider drug ad changes

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Federal officials are considering banning the use of celebrities such as Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Olympian Dorothy Hamill in drug ads.

Senators want Marine One contract denied

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Connecticut's two senators will introduce a bill that would give the White House helicopter contract to Sikorsky Aircraft.

Conn. Democrats protest helicopter deal

STRATFORD, Conn., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Three Connecticut lawmakers say they will fight the Pentagon's decision to deny the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a $6.1 billion helicopter contract.

Democratic National Convention opens

BOSTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Convention opened Monday in Boston, after thousands of delegates, volunteers, party officials and media descended on the city.

States, fed not assuring enough sick leave

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- States and the federal government are doing a poor job of making sure employees get paid sick leave, according to a report by the National Partnership for Women
DAR HADDIX, UPI Business Correspondent
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