December 15, 1987 |
Supreme Court nominee Anthony M. Kennedy today defended his commitment to equality for women, minorities and union members as he faced tougher questioning in his second day of confirmation hearings. A day after receiving almost kid-glove treatment from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kennedy returned to find himself sparring with liberal Democrat Howard M. Metzenbaum, moderate Republican Arlen Specter and conservative GOP member Gordon J. Humphrey.
November 6, 1987 |
After nine months of delays, the confirmation process for University of San Diego law professor Bernard Siegan finally opened Thursday, with the nominee for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pledging that as a judge he would be guided by legal precedent, not by his own conservatism. "I'm not there (on the appeals court) to tell the world how it should run. . . . I wouldn't dream of imposing my will over that of the Supreme Court," Siegan said under sharp questioning from Sen.
June 27, 1987 |
The Senate on Friday rebuked Romania for its deteriorating human rights record by voting to strip that nation of its preferred trading status with the United States for six months. It also decided to bar the special status from any nation identified as supporting terrorism. The actions were among the first taken on a massive trade bill now before the chamber. Senators worked late Friday and planned a rare Saturday session.
May 19, 1988 |
Senate GOP leader Bob Dole of Kansas told a band of fellow Republicans today that they should not hold up the INF treaty, reminding them of their responsibility to President Reagan "to move this along." On the third day of debate on the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, the most senior senator, John C. Stennis (D-Miss.) urged ratification of the accord, calling it a "small but vitally important step."
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October 23, 1989
In Washington these days, reason so seldom triumphs over pique that all its victories deserve to be celebrated. This is particularly so in the case of the Senate's rejection last week of a Constitutional amendment that would have empowered Congress and the states to outlaw vandalism of the flag. The proposal was introduced last summer during the frenzy of congressional outrage that followed the U.S.
October 5, 1989 |
The Senate today approved a ban on burning or otherwise defacing the American flag but added a Republican-sponsored change that Democrats said could make the bill vulnerable in any future court challenge. The ban, previously approved by the House, cleared the Senate 91 to 9. It was returned to the House for consideration of changes made by the Senate.
October 25, 1989 |
The Senate today overwhelmingly passed a $3.45-billion relief package for earthquake-damaged Northern California which substantially expands aid approved by the House. By a vote of 97 to 1, the Senate approved the plan and sent it back to the House as part of a wide-ranging spending bill that must reach President Bush's desk tonight to keep the federal government from defaulting. Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey (R-N.H.) cast the only negative vote. Not voting were Sens. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
June 11, 1986 |
The movement to restore deductions for individual retirement accounts to the Senate tax bill appeared to be gaining support Tuesday as a bipartisan group of senators disclosed a plan with powerful political appeal that calls for boosting taxes on business and the wealthy to pay for an effective 15% tax credit for IRA contributions. Sponsors of the amendment, led by Sens. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) and Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.
January 30, 1987 |
The Senate voted Thursday to block automatic pay increases for members of Congress and other high government officials--but the raises could go into effect anyway if a reluctant House does not follow suit. The raises, which are to take effect next Wednesday unless both houses vote against them, would increase congressional salaries 15.6%, to $89,500 from $77,400. For federal judges, Cabinet officers and top bureaucrats--about 10,000 officials--the raises would vary from 15.6% to 2.4%.
June 10, 1986 |
As the Senate resumed debate Monday on a sweeping tax overhaul bill, Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey (R-N.H.) announced that he will introduce an amendment this week to eliminate tax exemptions for nonprofit abortion clinics, a move that is likely to delay action on the package. Although the amendment is not expected to win approval, deputy Republican leader Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming predicted a long, "difficult, emotional debate" on an issue that always "gums up the machinery" of the Senate.