December 12, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
November 11, 2007 |
GOP Rep. Barbara Cubin announced that she would not seek reelection next year to an eighth term representing Wyoming. She has missed almost half of her votes in Congress this year, spending much of her time in Wyoming caring for her husband, who has been ill for years with an unspecified immune disorder. She has also missed votes this year after her brother's death and after she broke a foot.
November 7, 2007 |
Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, recently invited White House budget director Jim Nussle over to the Capitol to talk about how to avert what could become the biggest budget showdown in years. "We went out on our balcony and had a drink and talked for a while," Obey said.
November 4, 2007 |
The sun was hardly up when Jerry McNerney shut his front door behind him, a bowl of Great Grains Maple Pecan Crunch in his stomach, a brown suit and his good black shoes in a garment bag for later. In the 16 hours before he returned home, the freshman congressman who was never supposed to win would put on 40 pounds of gear at a firehouse and spend nearly two hours at a grocery store, talking to voters by the beer nuts.
November 1, 2007 |
Ignoring a veto threat and stoking a fight over trade, the House on Wednesday approved an $8.6-billion expansion of a federal program that assists workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition. The vote comes as the White House works to steer four trade deals through a less-friendly Democratic-controlled Congress amid U.S. job losses and other effects of globalization.
October 25, 2007 |
Democratic ideas for fixing the healthcare system to cover the uninsured enjoy more support among Americans than proposals coming from Republicans, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll shows. The poll also found that a restive public was pessimistic about the direction of the country and that voters were dissatisfied with President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress. Congress was shown to be more unpopular than Bush: Its approval rating was 22%, the president's 35%.
October 23, 2007 |
Owners of the historic Delta Queen, the country's best-known paddle-wheeler, say they may be forced to pull the boat out of regular overnight service on the Mississippi River unless Congress extends its exemption from safety laws. Opponents say the 1926 steamboat, with a steel hull and wooden superstructure, is a fire hazard. The waiver exempts the Delta Queen from a federal law that requires fire-retardant materials on vessels carrying 50 or more passengers on overnight trips.