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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1998
A $2-million congressional appropriation for Angeles National Forest will be used to buy remaining tracts of private land within it boundaries. The appropriation comes from $700 million set aside by Congress to add environmentally sensitive tracts to national parklands and wildlife areas, said Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas).
July 5, 1997 |
As the latest battle over the future of the National Endowment for the Arts looms, supporters and even a fierce critic of the 33-year-old agency are predicting that it once again will escape the Republican chopping block. "Unfortunately, I think the agency will rise from its ashes," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), an NEA foe. He recently derided as "absolutely disgusting" many of the artworks the agency has helped fund and is among those wanting it to receive essentially a "close-out" budget.