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.
November 7, 2007 |
They sat just two feet apart, the mother of a journalist confined to a Chinese prison and the wealthy head of the giant U.S. company that helped put him behind bars. But before Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang took his seat to testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday, he bowed deeply before the woman. The hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Yahoo's conduct in China was a rare public shaming of the Internet leader, whose actions led to the imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao.
October 3, 2007 |
Unable to force President Bush to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, House Democrats settled Tuesday for a less controversial measure to require more reports on plans to pull forces out. But in an indication of the debate within Democratic ranks about how to challenge Bush's wartime leadership, three senior House members also threatened to hold up funding for the war and proposed a tax to pay for it. Democratic Reps. David R. Obey of Wisconsin, John P.
September 19, 2007 |
Thirteen House members plan to fight subpoenas issued to them in the federal trial of a defense contractor accused of bribing jailed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe). An aide to Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), one of the subpoena recipients, said the House counsel believes that the lawmakers are unlikely to be required to testify and that the subpoenas are "merely a shotgun, grandstanding legal tactic."
September 5, 2007 |
Former California Assemblywoman Laura Richardson was sworn in to replace the late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald in the House. "I respectfully stand today on her legacy as I reach toward my own destiny," said Richardson, a Long Beach Democrat. Millender-McDonald died of cancer in April.
June 28, 2007 |
The House voted 244-181 to give lawmakers a pay raise of approximately $4,400 that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after fights between Democrats and Republicans last year and again in January killed the pay hike due this year. It was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay hike in seven years. The Senate has not indicated when it will deal with a similar measure.