November 30, 1995 |
The House on Wednesday rejected legislation that would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 22.5%, handing the Republican leadership a new defeat in the politically sensitive environmental arena. The 216-208 vote, which sends the measure back to a committee of House and Senate members for at least minor changes, reflected the difficulty that Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2011 |
The House spending bill passed last month wouldn't just chop $60 billion from the federal budget ? it seeks to cut a broad swath through environmental regulation. From fish protections in California to water pollution limits in Florida and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, environmental programs were targets of the Republican budget resolution, which appears to have been as much about setting a political agenda as about deficit reduction. Democrats have promised to block the environmental and other cuts in the Senate, where they hold a slim majority, and President Obama has raised the threat of a veto, making it unlikely that many of the hits in the proposal will survive.
July 13, 1995 |
Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, instructed by congressional budget-makers to whack federal spending, are turning the belt-tightening process into an opportunity to make far-reaching changes in the way government programs work. Spending bills now beginning to move through the House would do more than make deep cuts in social programs that Democrats and President Clinton hold dear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1995 |
Don't you feel the least bit foolish? You've wasted more than a year of your life obsessing about a celebrity murder. By now, you're an expert on arcane bits of evidence and legal arguments that will never again be relevant. Like any sad couch potato hooked on the soaps, you even managed to convince yourself that the show had serious lessons for the real world.
April 22, 2009 |
Earth Day is upon us, and with it, several "green" events, including the broadcasting of "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau" on public television and in schools. This is surprising at a time when government involvement in the environment is all the rage. Henry David Thoreau, who wrote that "government is best which governs not at all," is probably writhing in his grave.
March 24, 2011 |
First the Republicans took over the House. Now it's the cafeterias. Republicans say the use of "compostable" cups and utensils, a key part of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Green the Capitol initiative, was "neither cost-effective nor energy-efficient. " So they brought back plastic utensils and foam cups, ditching the eco-friendly dining wares of the Democratic era. The replacement spoons, knives, forks and cups are creating quite a stir, dividing lawmakers largely along party lines.