June 19, 2009 |
Lawmakers on Thursday sharply criticized a federal program that relies on private insurance companies to provide medical care and benefits to civilians injured while working in support of the U.S. military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of a House subcommittee charged that the insurance firms had exploited the taxpayer-supported program to reap enormous profits while shortchanging workers. "We've got to straighten out this mess and we're going to do that," said Rep. Elijah E.
May 9, 2008 |
The House on Thursday passed the most sweeping government plan yet to shore up the troubled housing market and help people struggling to pay their mortgages, adopting legislation that would underwrite $300 billion in new loans and keep an estimated 500,000 homeowners out of foreclosure. Backers contend the bill -- or something close to it -- has a good chance of becoming law even though Senate Republicans have criticized it and the White House has threatened a veto.
January 29, 2008 |
The state House speaker resigned his post on Monday after a series of embarrassing revelations, including not filing state personal income-tax returns and being involved in questionable fundraising. Republican Lance Cargill, at 36 the nation's youngest House speaker, told members of the House's GOP majority of his resignation by telephone during a conference call. He later issued a statement.
December 18, 2007 |
Seeking to end a months-long standoff with President Bush, the House on Monday night approved an omnibus $516-billion spending bill that hews closely to the White House's budget limits but shifts billions of dollars to the Democratic majority's priorities. The 1,482-page measure, which would fund most of the federal government for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, was approved 253-154.
December 7, 2007 |
Two Republican House members resigned Thursday from the board supervising teenage pages, accusing a Democratic appointee of failing to inform them about sexual and criminal activity by at least four youngsters. The board's chairman, Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich.), supported the Republicans, blaming House Clerk Lorraine C. Miller -- the day-to-day administrator of the page program -- for failing to immediately notify page board members of all the inappropriate conduct.
November 10, 2007 |
A 12-term Republican House member said he won't run for reelection, and officials in Wyoming expect a similar announcement today from a seven-term GOP representative. Rep. James H. Saxton of New Jersey is the 14th House Republican to announce retirement since the GOP lost its majority in the 2006 elections. He cited health reasons for his decision. Rep. Barbara Cubin of Wyoming is expected to be the 15th. Three House Democrats have announced they won't seek reelection.