May 2, 1997 |
Veteran California Rep. Robert Matsui and his wife, Doris, the top Asian American staffer in the White House, had every reason to believe that their labors on behalf of President Clinton's reelection provided a perfect match for their political interests as well as their heritage.
February 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The disabled Carnival cruise ship is now docked but the tale of its wretched odyssey back to land has made its way to Capitol Hill. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, fired off a letter Friday asking the Coast Guard commandment to brief his panel on its investigation into the cruise ship Triumph. "Horrified" was how Rockefeller described his response to the accounts of "unbearable living conditions aboard the ship.
October 8, 1993 |
The cover photograph in a recent issue of Roll Call, the wonkish but well-read Capitol Hill newspaper, showed Rep. Robert T. Matsui and three House members milling about at a pro-NAFTA news conference. The headline read: "Well, We've Got Four Votes," a wry reminder of the grim arithmetic facing the trade treaty's backers. Somewhere among the House's 435 members, a majority of 218 must be cajoled into supporting the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement.
September 21, 2007 |
A day after a congressional subcommittee held a hearing to scrutinize safety on the high seas, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) announced plans Thursday to sponsor legislation that would force cruise lines to report crimes and develop better methods of collecting crime scene evidence. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) will sponsor similar legislation in the House.
October 24, 2009 |
An effort to boost federal oversight of the $40.2-billion cruise industry moved closer to becoming law Friday when the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill requiring cruise lines to improve their crime reporting and safety procedures. It's the first time such a bill has made it to a House vote despite repeated attempts. The measure must still be approved by the Senate. "I am absolutely thrilled," said Kendall Carver, president of the International Cruise Victims, whose daughter disappeared off an Alaskan cruise in 2004.
November 22, 1992
An encouraging--if relatively little noticed--development this political year is the emergence of Asian-Americans as significant new players in the political process. Record numbers ran as candidates, and an unprecedented number won election. Both Democrats and Republicans courted the Asian-American communities as important swing votes in California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Washington.