October 19, 1987 |
A telephone warning from a Senate Judiciary Committee aide to a black law professor supporting Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork was "reminiscent of the ugly tactics of the Ku Klux Klan," Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey (R-N.H.) said Sunday. Humphrey, a Bork supporter and a member of the committee, called for an investigation of the incident as the Senate prepared to debate the nomination this week. Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.
December 4, 1987 |
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), responding heatedly to charges that Democrats are deliberately holding up Administration nominations for federal judgeships, promised Thursday that all nominees "will get an up or down vote" before next year's presidential election. But Biden issued a thinly veiled warning that he will do his best to block those nominations unless Republicans "stop this malarkey." "You all want to stop the judges, keep pushing," he vowed.
June 28, 1989 |
President Bush, declaring that "support for the First Amendment need not extend to desecration of the American flag," called Tuesday for a constitutional amendment to prohibit such protest. "Flag burning is wrong. . . . As President, I will uphold our precious right to dissent, but burning the flag goes too far and I want to see that matter remedied," he said. By stepping into the highly emotional issue that was opened last week when the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects the burning of the flag as a form of free speech, Bush joined a political clamor that mirrored last year's presidential campaign in which he successfully turned a spotlight on his support for the Pledge of Allegiance.
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.
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%.