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March 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said he opposes temporarily lifting a 4.3-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax because of high fuel prices. But Richardson, speaking in Washington, said President Clinton "will consider all options" to bring relief to consumers. A growing number of lawmakers have begun gauging whether there is enough support in Congress to suspend the federal gasoline excise tax imposed in 1993 until prices at the pump recede.
January 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson intends to take the initial step toward the Democratic presidential nomination, hoping his extensive resume will fuel a campaign to become the first Latino president. The former U.S. representative, U.N. ambassador and Energy secretary plans to announce Sunday that he will create a presidential exploratory committee, according to officials with knowledge of his plans. He is to appear on ABC's "This Week."
April 16, 2001 | James Flanigan
Bill Richardson, former U.S. Energy secretary, will speak about California's energy crisis and the effect of deregulation on the economy Wednesday at a business exposition luncheon at the Ontario Convention Center. Adan Ortega of the Metropolitan Water District will speak on the deregulation of water at the same event. And Inland Empire economist John Husing will give his forecast for the region's economy.
July 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson said he would give voters a preview of his Cabinet before they pick the next president. "I would announce my Cabinet before the election. If I'm the nominee, I would tell you who my team would be," the New Mexico governor told a Service Employees International Union conference at Dartmouth College in Hanover. "It would have independents, Republicans and Democrats. Don't worry, I won't overdo the Republicans," Richardson said, drawing laughter.
August 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson accused Wen Ho Lee, a former government scientist suspected of giving China details about America's nuclear arsenal, of trying to use the "race card" to defend his actions. He also said Lee's claim that top-secret weapons code work is often done on unclassified computers was "pure bunk." Lee, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, was fired from his top-secret job at the weapons laboratory at Los Alamos, N.M.
July 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Spurred by the recent power blackout in the Northeast, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson in Washington is proposing a six-part plan to better ensure Americans will not lose their electricity during severe weather. Hoping to avert future power crises, Richardson's plan includes convening a Northeast regional power summit, investigating power outages, speeding new federal standards for more efficient air conditioners and cutting federal consumption during emergencies.
November 10, 1998 | Associated Press
U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson arrived Monday for a visit to Taiwan, drawing complaints from China that the trip violates a U.S. agreement to limit official contact with the island, which Beijing considers a renegade province. Richardson's visit is considered an attempt by Washington to show support for Taiwan after statements by President Clinton that Washington would not back its attempts to assert itself internationally.
September 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who was held in solitary confinement for nine months was "badly treated," Gov. Bill Richardson says in his new autobiography. Richardson was former President Clinton's Energy secretary when Wen Ho Lee, a naturalized U.S. citizen, became the target of an FBI investigation into Chinese espionage in 1999.
April 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson said in Santa Fe that he would veto a bill that would have required New Mexico girls entering sixth grade to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. Richardson had indicated he would sign the bill after it passed the Legislature last month. He said he changed his mind after parents and doctors told him their concerns about the program.
February 12, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rep. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) won unanimous confirmation from the Senate to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate voted 100-0 to give Richardson the post vacated by new Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Approval of Richardson, who will resign from Congress, was never in doubt. But there is less support for Clinton administration proposals to pay more than $1 billion in U.S. back dues to the United Nations.
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