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Cochran says healthcare law needs to go 'back to drawing board'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Pointing to parts of the new healthcare law that were not instituted on time, a Republican senator said Saturday Congress should "go back to the drawing board."
Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

Decision of NSA data collection programs may be near

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Thursday met with 16 members of Congress to discuss oversight of National Security Administration surveillance programs.
At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- John Cornyn of Texas has become the eighth sitting Republican U.S. senator to face a potentially serious primary challenge.

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., to run for seventh term

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ended speculation about his plans Friday, announcing he will run for a seventh term in 2014.
Stacey Pickering will run for Senate if Thad Cochran retires

Stacey Pickering will run for Senate if Thad Cochran retires

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering says he will throw his hat into the ring to run for U.S. Senate next year, but only if sitting Sen. Thad Cochran decides to retire.
Gabrielle Levy
Politics 2014: October 2013 helps shape message for November 2014

Politics 2014: October 2013 helps shape message for November 2014

The U.S. government shutdown, immigration reform, budget woes, problems with the Affordable Care Act online enrollment created a whirlpool of controversy and contretemps for Washington and provided blood-stirring language for the 2014 midterm elections and beyond.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Republican Mississippi state senator to challenge Sen. Thad Cochran

Republican Mississippi state senator to challenge Sen. Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced he will challenge U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, setting up a potentially divisive Republican primary next year.

Some senators seek more cuts in U.S. farm subsidies

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Some U.S. senators hope to cut even more from the $955 billion farm bill before it comes up for a floor vote.
White House declines GOP demand on Hagel

White House declines GOP demand on Hagel

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The White House Thursday rejected a demand by 15 U.S. senators to withdraw the nomination former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
Irritation in Congress over appropriations

Irritation in Congress over appropriations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Leaders of congressional appropriations committees say they're frustrated at seeing the spending bills they crafted being derailed by U.S. election-year delays.
Deal reached on federal gov't funding

Deal reached on federal gov't funding

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- A tentative deal to avoid a federal government shutdown was reached Tuesday, removing the funding as an election issue, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.
Markup of U.S. farm bill postponed

Markup of U.S. farm bill postponed

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- Markup of a new U.S. farm bill that would replace direct cash payments to farmers with crop insurance has been postponed, a Senate committee chairwoman said.

FEMA to waive some Katrina debt

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Some victims of Hurricane Katrina will be permitted to keep money they mistakenly received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. officials said.

GOP sens. to challenge recess appointments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Thirty-nine Republican U.S. senators said they would join a court challenge to four of President Obama's recess appointments, charging they're unconstitutional.
Dems seek to stop planned USPS cutbacks

Dems seek to stop planned USPS cutbacks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A number of Democrats say they plan to fight U.S. Postal Service plans to shutter facilities and cut jobs to address its multibillion-dollar deficit.

Ex-Senate aide charged in Abramoff scandal

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A former aide to Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran has been charged with accepting more than $25,000 worth of gifts from a now-convicted lobbyist.

Wicker wins Miss. Senate race

JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Republican Roger Wicker, appointed to replace Trent Lott in the U.S. Senate, defeated former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove Tuesday.

CAGW lists annual Congress pork tallies

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Three Republican U.S. senators were designated the top "porkers" in Congress by the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.

Iraq deadline remains in Senate bill

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- A deadline for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq remained in the Senate version of a war-spending bill after senators rejected a Republican amendment Tuesday.

Casinos, politics fuel Mississippi rebound

BILOXI, Miss., March 10 (UPI) -- Recovery along the Mississippi Gulf coast is outpacing reconstruction in New Orleans thanks to casinos, insurance money, speculation and political clout.

Casinos lose in U.S. Katrina relief bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. House bill passed to fund the rebuilding of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast specifically excludes casinos, liquor stores and massage parlors.

FDIC's Powell to head hurricane recovery

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Donald Powell has been named federal coordinator of long-term Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts, a report said.

Political clout could aid Katrina relief

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina response support may suffer because the state's congressional delegation has few positions of power, The New York Times said.

U.S. Senate apologizes for lynching role

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- A majority of the U.S. Senate issued an apology for taking so long to enact anti-lynching laws, although Mississippi's two senators abstained.
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