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July 1, 1993
Funding for Space Station By a margin of one vote, the House rejected an amendment to terminate the space station Freedom by eliminating its funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration budget (HR 2200). The bill authorizes $12.7 billion over the next seven years for the project, which is designed to yield scientific breakthroughs and energize the U.S. space program. About $9 billion already has been appropriated toward putting Freedom aloft by the end of the century.
December 26, 2012 | By Howard Blume and Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
The young staff at the Alexander Science Center has been hard hit by seniority-based layoffs, the main factor behind a turnover of at least 28 teachers in the last five years - this in a school with a faculty of about 28. Teachers say that the students at the USC-adjacent campus have suffered from the lack of stability and that the faculty has felt frustrated and voiceless. But now, three instructors from the Alexander science school are among the freshman class of delegates to the House of Representatives for United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers union in the L.A. Unified School District.
June 11, 1993
The House rejected an amendment to bring U.S. military forces home from Somalia by June 30. The House then passed a measure (SJ Res 45) authorizing American troops in Somalia for at leastanother year under the War Powers Act. About 5,000 GIs remain there under United Nations command, down from a peak deployment of 25,000 in 1992. "The price tag for our involvement, so far, has been $1 billion. I think the American people have done their share," said sponsor Toby Roth (R-Wis.).
November 19, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
In the days after the election, inner-city schoolteacher Mark Takano flew to Washington, picked up his laptop, office key, voting ID and posed for photos with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - all part of the orientation drill for an incoming member of the 113th Congress. Going from a bipartisan reception to touring the marbled halls of the Capitol, a thought swirled through Takano's head. "The thrill of being elected to higher office comes with a responsibility to represent the least of us," he said.
Michael Huffington vowed that he would become a different kind of congressman when he spent a record $5.2 million of his own money in 1992 to capture a California House seat. After 16 months in office, there is little doubt that he has succeeded.
Deciding where to place California's new congressional seat, and which politician's territory should splinter to make room for it, will likely spark a protracted battle as Democrats seek to maintain their state domain while Republicans defend their shrinking turf. Several Democrats here and in Washington said the state's 53rd House seat may lie somewhere in Southern California, site of much of the state's recent growth, or perhaps in the burgeoning Central Valley.
This is a story about whether your federal taxes will go up this fall, about congressional shadow boxing in Washington, Democratic presidential ambitions and Chicago-style politics. But most important, this is a story about how all of those things converge in the person of one wily old pol, a huge, blustery, Chicago kind of guy named Dan Rostenkowski.
November 7, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Republicans held on to their House majority in Tuesday's election, leaving Democrats well short of the net gain of 25 seats they needed to take control. "The American people have once again given the House of Representatives to Republicans," Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the House GOP's campaign arm, said at a victory party in the capital. Although the GOP will remain in control, there will be plenty of new faces in the next Congress. Among them: Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who defeated Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, a tea party favorite, in Illinois.
April 24, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
On the outskirts of Dallas, Tom Landry Highway is flanked by a Starbucks and a Pollo Campero — a popular Guatemalan chicken joint. The local Wal-Mart sells sacks of chicharrones at the deli counter, and dried guajillo peppers next to the bulk bins of pinto beans and rice. The explosive growth of Latinos is obvious everywhere in Texas but among the state's elected officials — something Latinos hope will change as lawmakers redraw the state's congressional and legislative districts this spring.
February 23, 2011 | By Abby Sewell and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The battle against unions in the Midwest escalated Wednesday as a second state, Indiana, effectively found itself trapped in a legislative stalemate. Most of the Democratic members of the Indiana House of Representatives have temporarily moved to Illinois to avoid having to vote on legislation they consider to be anti-union, according to a statement released Wednesday morning. Illinois is also where all 14 of the Democratic senators from Wisconsin sought sanctuary when they fled from Madison last week to block legislation that would have ended collective bargaining rights for public employee unions.
January 27, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is suing the operators of a House cafeteria for alleged negligence stemming from a almost 3-year-old incident involving a sandwich he says left him with significant dental injuries. Kucinich is seeking $150,000 in damages from companies that run the cafeteria in the Longworth House Office Building and the providers that service it. According to the District of Columbia Superior Court, the case was filed on Jan. 3, and a hearing has been scheduled for April 8. A copy of the suit obtained by the Cleveland Plain Dealer documents the April 2008 incident, in which Kucinich purchased a sandwich wrap he says was "represented to contain pitted olives.
January 7, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The House of Representatives on Friday voted to bring the repeal of the healthcare overhaul to the floor for formal debate even as the latest poll showed that Americans slightly supported overturning one of the signature efforts of President Obama’s administration. In what was essentially a party-line vote, the House approved the rule required to bring the repeal measure to the floor for final consideration next week. The vote was 236-181, with two lawmakers voting present.
January 6, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
It would seem that if there were anything above the partisan political fray, the reading of the Constitution, the nation’s highest law, would be on that pedestal. But apparently even that isn't above politics. Republicans in the House of Representatives flexed their new political muscle with a multiple-hour, line-by-line reading of the Constitution. It was the first time that such a reading had taken place publicly in the chamber and it fulfilled a campaign pledge pushed by the GOP’s conservative wing and the ‘ tea party” movement.
November 2, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
Even before the polls closed in the West, the major television cable networks called the overall election a Republican victory and awarded the GOP control of the House of Representatives. The only problem was that the call came from projections rather than actual results, since polls were still open in much of the country. Democrats were not amused by the calls of victory coming as the party was still fighting crucial Senate and House races in states such as Nevada, California and Washington.
July 20, 2010
It seems counterintuitive. At a time of sagging approval ratings for Congress, the Supreme Court is being asked to rule that the House of Representatives is too small. It's for Congress, not the courts, to decide how many members the House should have, but there are some appealing arguments for the idea of a larger chamber. A federal court in Mississippi recently rejected a claim by voters in five states that the current allotment of 435 representatives violates the Constitution's requirement that states be represented in the House "according to their respective numbers."
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