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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.
Gabrielle Levy
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

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.
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."
Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The White House slammed Senate Republicans Thursday after they blocked a third attempt to extend unemployment benefits.
Top Democrat says Republicans should find cuts for jobless benefits

Top Democrat says Republicans should find cuts for jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's open to finding budget cuts to pay for extending unemployment benefits.
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.
Giffords shifts campaign funds to pro-gun control PAC

Giffords shifts campaign funds to pro-gun control PAC

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has terminated her campaign committee and moved its revenues to her pro-gun control PAC, Roll Call reported.

Obama on filibuster end: 'Unprecedented pattern of obstruction'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama praised majority Democrats who killed the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule Thursday, citing "an unprecedented pattern of obstruction."

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.

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.

Poll: Few of uninsured have gone on website

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Only about 17 percent of the U.S. uninsured have gone to the healthcare.gov website and only 20 percent of them have bought insurance, a new poll indicates.
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.
Obama postpones meeting while Reid, McConnell talk on debt ceiling

Obama postpones meeting while Reid, McConnell talk on debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama's meeting Monday with congressional leaders was postponed as Senate leaders work on opening government and the debt limit, the White House said.
Reid, McConnell meet on debt limit, shutdown

Reid, McConnell meet on debt limit, shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., met Saturday to discuss the debt limit and government shutdown, aides said.
House GOP float another plan to raise debt limit, end shutdown

House GOP float another plan to raise debt limit, end shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- House Republican leaders offered a new plan to raise the U.S. debt limit and reopen the government after meeting with President Barack Obama, a GOP aide said.

Former workers say profits pushed early closures of clearance probes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Former managers of a firm that gave security clearances to Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis say they were pressured to rush clearances to help profits.
Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Winter, spring, summer or fall ... it's a long way to 2016. The Paul/Christie feud means one thing: The presidential campaign is upon us.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
GOP calls for change in 'full-time' provision of healthcare law

GOP calls for change in 'full-time' provision of healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins Saturday called for modifying the federal healthcare law to change the law's definition of "full time employee."

B. Todd Jones wins Senate approval as next ATF chief

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate avoided a filibuster Wednesday and voted to confirm B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Former GOP senator opposes Liz Cheney's run for the senate

Former GOP senator opposes Liz Cheney's run for the senate

WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- A former Republican senator said Liz Cheney has failed to make a case for challenging Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wyoming GOP primary next year.
Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Two more vacancies in President Obama's Cabinet were filled Thursday as the U.S. Senate confirmed Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency heads.

Perez nomination as labor secretary advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 60-40 to end debate on the nomination of Thomas Perez, clearing the way for his confirmation as secretary of labor.
Paul, Cruz back Gillibrand military sex-assault revamp

Paul, Cruz back Gillibrand military sex-assault revamp

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Two Tea Party Senate firebrands joined Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in pressing to end U.S. military commanders' power to decide which sex assaults to prosecute.
Senate wards off GOP filibuster on U.S. immigration reform bill

Senate wards off GOP filibuster on U.S. immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Monday voted 67-27 to kill a Republican attempt to filibuster the immigration reform bill.
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