February 9, 2006 |
Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), forced to step down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a soft landing as GOP leaders gave him a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee. DeLay also claimed a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
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.
March 22, 1994 |
House Democratic leaders Monday selected a younger and more partisan lawmaker over a colleague with more seniority to become acting chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Wisconsin Rep. David R. Obey, 55, scored a decisive first-ballot victory over Iowa Rep. Neal Smith, 73, in a two-man race in the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to replace the ailing chairman, 84-year-old Rep. William H. Natcher of Kentucky.
March 16, 2007 |
The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a measure that barred the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, an action that supporters said would reverse plans to shut the hospital in 2011. Walter Reed was selected in 2005 to be closed by the Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The recommendation, which Congress approved and President Bush signed into law, calls for the Army hospital to be consolidated with the National Naval Medical Center.