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House passes Senate's 'fiscal cliff' deal

House passes Senate's 'fiscal cliff' deal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday passed the "fiscal cliff" deal approved earlier in the Senate, raising taxes on upper-income households.
Sen. Mikulski to lead Appropriations

Sen. Mikulski to lead Appropriations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., will become chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, becoming the first woman to do so, aides said.
Leahy to stay judiciary chairman

Leahy to stay judiciary chairman

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday he will remain chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a post Sen. Dianne Feinstein was poised to assume.
Leaders say fiscal cliff talks good start

Leaders say fiscal cliff talks good start

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Friday "revenue is on the table" if it is part of a balanced approach to avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

Democrats to revisit minimum wage issue

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A minimum wage hike is expected to be part of the Democratic Party platform presented to delegates in North Carolina, a member of the drafting committee said.
Liberals: Obama must back Social Security

Liberals: Obama must back Social Security

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Some liberals in the U.S. Congress worry that President Obama would be open to scaling back Social Security and Medicare if he wins a second term.

Senate no puffing zone includes entrances

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Smokers no longer can take shelter from the elements at entrances to the U.S. Senate wing of the Capitol under new rules enacted before the Memorial Day break.

Drug shortages at all-time U.S. high

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Drug shortages in the United States are at record highs, forcing some American to forgo needed treatments, the Government Accountability Office says.
GOP to renew healthcare law repeal efforts

GOP to renew healthcare law repeal efforts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional Republicans will renew their call to repeal healthcare reform laws in bits and pieces, not all at once, members of both parties say.
Third GOP senator: Raise top earners' taxes

Third GOP senator: Raise top earners' taxes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a proposal by Democrats to expand a payroll tax holiday and pay for it with a higher taxes on millionaires.

Harkin threatens Congress holiday delay

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Wednesday he will try to hold Congress hostage for Christmas if jobless benefits are not extended for out-of-work Americans.
Paul halts debate on revamp of No Child

Paul halts debate on revamp of No Child

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., relied on a rarely invoked procedural rule to halt a Senate committee's debate on a bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law.
Harkin criticizes for-profit universities

Harkin criticizes for-profit universities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Nearly six in 10 students at 16 for-profit colleges will drop out by their second year, most with major loan debt, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Thursday.
Harkin calls on Ensign to resign

Harkin calls on Ensign to resign

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., should resign if accusations of infidelity are true.

Harkin seeks change to filibuster rules

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate filibuster rules make it too difficult for Democrats to exercise the mandate voters gave them in 2008, some Democratic lawmakers said.
Health PAC funds flow to key senators

Health PAC funds flow to key senators

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The five U.S. senators managing floor debate on the massive healthcare reform bill list health interests among their biggest contributors, records indicate.
Long-term health plan part of reforms

Long-term health plan part of reforms

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate backers say a long-term healthcare plan for people with disabilities should be included in health insurance reform legislation.
Harkin promises weekends on healthcare

Harkin promises weekends on healthcare

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Senate committee overseeing healthcare reform said Monday the chamber would meet on weekends in December to pass a bill by Christmas.
Franken returns to comedy at Harkin event

Franken returns to comedy at Harkin event

INDIANOLA, Iowa, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Comedian turned Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota returned to his comedic roots at an annual fundraiser for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
Dodd to stay put as Senate banking chair

Dodd to stay put as Senate banking chair

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., decided to remain chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, bypassing the chance to take over the chamber's health committee.
Dodd to stay put as banking panel chairman

Dodd to stay put as banking panel chairman

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., indicated he will remain Banking Committee chairman after filling in as leader of the health panel.
Senate panel OKs healthcare reform bill

Senate panel OKs healthcare reform bill

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The Senate health committee Wednesday passed on a party line vote its $600 billion version of U.S. healthcare reform legislation.

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.

Bill to expel junk food from schools

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have introduced legislation requiring nutrition standards for food sold in school vending machines.

Harkin: Time is now for healthcare reform

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Congress has until the end of 2009 to pass healthcare reform, or lose its opportunity until after the 2010 election, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., said.
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