June 8, 2005 |
Pressure to overhaul the FBI mounted Tuesday when House budget negotiators ordered the bureau to embrace the recommendations of a presidential commission on intelligence failures that would likely erode the FBI's independence. The powerful House Appropriations Committee acted a day after a former member of another commission, the bipartisan panel that investigated the Sept.
January 6, 2005 |
In a decision that could pay substantial dividends for California, House Republican leaders tapped Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) on Wednesday as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. In that post, Lewis will supervise the drafting of the federal government's major spending bills. That should give his solidly Democratic home state new clout -- and an inside track on federal largess -- in a capital controlled by Republicans.
January 6, 2005 |
In 1992, Rep. Jerry Lewis, in perhaps the lowest point of his political career, lost a House leadership post, a defeat made all the more bitter after some of his California colleagues abandoned him to support a Texas congressman. On Wednesday, the Republican from Redlands achieved a comeback, winning the coveted chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee -- "the highlight of my career," he said.
January 2, 2005 |
In his campaign to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) recently gave a group of his most conservative colleagues a flier showing a bloated Uncle Sam. The caption: "Uncle needs a diet." The flier shows that, in this era of big budget deficits, Lewis and his two rivals for the powerful job must convince their fellow House Republicans that they are up to one of the toughest challenges of the new Congress: reining in spending.
June 12, 2004 |
In his 26 years in the House, Jerry Lewis has put together an impressive resume: chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on defense; onetime No. 3 in the House Republican leadership; former head of his state's Republican delegation; a major Republican fundraiser; the man who saved former House Speaker Jim Wright from drowning. Now, as Lewis seeks one of Congress' most coveted jobs -- chairman of the House Appropriations Committee -- his biggest and perhaps only liability is his home address.
November 15, 2001 |
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic bill to shore up the economy and increase spending on domestic security, creating an impasse expected to force both parties and the White House into high-level negotiations to craft a compromise measure.