November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In blocking the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head a top housing agency, Senate Republicans showed they preferred to keep oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the hands of a career bureaucrat who opposes providing more aggressive aid for struggling homeowners. Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The nomination failed a key procedural vote Thursday. The White House and congressional Democrats plan to continue to press for Watt to replace acting Director Edward J. DeMarco, who has led the housing regulatory agency since 2009.
April 22, 1993 |
In the first major legislative setback for President Clinton, the Senate on Wednesday yielded to a Republican filibuster and abandoned his stimulus package, approving only $4 billion to pay for extended unemployment benefits. The outcome ends a standoff that the President's repeated attempts at compromise failed to resolve and may portend trouble ahead for other elements of Clinton's agenda, including his economic program, health care reform and aid to Russia.
November 21, 1993 |
In a remarkable end-of-session turnabout, the Senate rescued the Brady bill from legislative limbo Saturday and swiftly approved the five-day waiting period for the purchase of handguns. The 63-36 vote came after Republican opponents, apparently feeling political heat, abandoned their filibuster tactics and allowed the gun control measure to come to a vote without the changes that they had insisted were non-negotiable.
December 20, 2009 |
After a dramatic month of sometimes round-the-clock negotiating and deal-making, Senate Democrats came together Saturday behind sweeping healthcare legislation, providing a powerful boost for President Obama's top domestic policy goal. The breakthrough came after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his lieutenants engineered a delicately crafted compromise to prevent federal funding of abortions, the same issue that nearly stopped the House from passing its healthcare bill six weeks ago. With the deal, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a strong opponent of abortion, became the 60th and crucial last member of the Democratic caucus to line up behind the healthcare legislation.
January 2, 2009 |
Congress has so few moderate Republicans that at least in the Senate they could squeeze into a Volkswagen Beetle. Their ranks have dwindled in recent elections. Those who remain in politics have been marginalized by their own party, which has inexorably veered to the right over the last generation. But this beleaguered minority has an opportunity to wield outsized influence on what President-elect Barack Obama can accomplish in Congress.
April 29, 2005 |
In a piece of parliamentary choreography that moves the Senate closer to confrontation, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) offered Thursday to give Democrats 100 hours to debate judicial nominees on the condition that they then permit a vote on each nominee. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) immediately rejected the offer, but said he was willing to continue discussions. "I don't really like the proposal given, but I'm not going to throw it away," Reid said.
November 22, 2009 |
Without a vote to spare, Democrats pushed their healthcare legislation over its first obstacle on the Senate floor Saturday, as the chamber voted to begin formal debate on a sweeping measure to guarantee medical coverage for nearly all Americans. The 60-39 vote, backed by all 58 Democrats and two independents, overcame a Republican-led filibuster designed to block consideration of the bill and kept up momentum behind President Obama's top legislative priority. Although it was only procedural, the dramatic balloting -- before a rare packed gallery on a Saturday night -- also set the stage for a much-anticipated healthcare debate that is expected to begin after Thanksgiving and consume the Senate for the remainder of the year.
June 4, 2001 |
Republicans said they would cede control of Senate committees without a fight in exchange for assurances the new-majority Democrats will not reject outright or indefinitely delay President Bush's judicial nominees. Democrats take power this week following Sen. James M. Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) did not rule out a GOP filibuster to stop Democrats from adjusting committees to reflect their 50-49 edge.
July 14, 2013
Re "Fitness is on rise - but so is obesity," July 11 When will we ever figure out that a direct cause of our nation's obesity crisis is that we no longer require students to learn food preparation and nutrition or to take a full program of physical education in our schools? Academics without real-world applications only prepare students to take standardized tests. The "new" Common Core curriculum standards do not include food preparation and nutrition, child development and physical education.