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January 8, 2008 | Maura Reynolds and P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writers
As signals of a weakening economy grow louder, the Bush administration and congressional Democrats are considering new measures, including a fresh round of tax cuts, designed to stave off recession. But while both sides of Washington's policy debate appear to favor some kind of tax-cut package to spur economic growth, there is little sign that they are near agreement on what kind of cuts should go to whom.
January 5, 2008 | Lance Pugmire and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte and their former strength coach Brian McNamee were asked Friday to testify Jan. 16 before a congressional committee exploring performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. Former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, whose allegations were a central part of last month's report by former Sen. George Mitchell on doping in baseball, also was invited to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep.
December 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. Julia Carson was remembered at her funeral as a woman who rose from poverty to the halls of Congress and fought tirelessly for the poor. The 2,200-seat Eastern Star Church was nearly full with those who wanted to honor the six-term Democratic congresswoman, who died of cancer Dec. 15 at age 69. Members of Congress, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan all said Carson, the daughter of a housekeeper, never forgot where she came from.
December 21, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Just over a year ago, a chastened President Bush acknowledged that his party had taken a "thumping" in the congressional elections, and he greeted the new Democratic majority at the weakest point of his presidency. But since then, Democrats in Congress have taken a thumping of their own as Bush has curbed their budget demands, blocked a cherished children's health initiative, stalled the drive to withdraw troops from Iraq and stymied all efforts to raise taxes.
December 20, 2007 | Richard Simon and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
Congressional Democrats ended their first year in control of Congress in more than a decade Wednesday, approving a $555-billion government spending measure that gave President Bush $70 billion for an Iraq war they had promised to end. And underscoring the frustrations that have beset the new majority much of the year, Democratic leaders left the Capitol complaining that much of their agenda had been thwarted by congressional Republicans who repeatedly stopped their most cherished initiatives.
December 18, 2007 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
Cars are set to get dramatically better mileage in the next decade under the energy bill that's expected to get final congressional approval today. But for drivers hoping to see sport utility vehicles go the way of the dinosaurs and find dealerships stocked with hybrids and high-tech fuel-cell vehicles, the future may be a long way off. The legislation requires that new mileage standards take effect in the 2011 model year with modest increases, ramping up to 35 miles per gallon in 2020.
December 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Republicans maintained control of both congressional seats that were up for grabs in special elections Tuesday in Ohio and Virginia, disappointing Democrats who had hoped to extend their gains in the House. In Ohio, a state representative defeated a Democrat making her third run for the seat. And in Virginia, a first-term state legislator easily won. Both elections were to fill seats left vacant by deaths.
December 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Congress has dropped legislation that would have expanded the scope of hate crimes to include attacks on gays after it became clear the measure wouldn't pass the House, aides said Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), was widely supported by Democrats and some moderate Senate Republicans. But because it was attached to a major defense policy bill that would have authorized more money for the Iraq war, many antiwar Democrats said they would oppose it.
November 21, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
An increasingly bitter dispute between the Bush administration and Congress over war funding took an acrimonious turn Tuesday as Pentagon officials advanced plans to lay off 200,000 civilians because of budget shortfalls, prompting Democratic charges of fear-mongering. President Bush requested $196 billion for war funding in 2008, which would make it the most expensive year to date. House Democrats last week countered with a bill providing partial funding tied to troop withdrawal goals.
November 13, 2007 | Theo Milonopoulos, Times Staff Writer
When Sarah Jean Davidson came to the nation's capital as a teenager at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement, she was unmoved by the historic buildings around her. "When I looked at the Capitol, I had no connection," said Davidson, now the president of a black history group in Arkansas. Little did she know that an ancestor, enslaved in Virginia, may have helped build it. The slaves who helped build the U.S.
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