October 8, 1993 |
House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), displaying the confrontational style that delights many of his party colleagues and infuriates many Democrats, claimed Thursday that he has the votes to succeed retiring Rep. Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.) as House minority leader.
January 13, 2007 |
Defying a threatened presidential veto, the House approved a bill Friday to require federal officials to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices for the 23 million senior citizens who have signed up for Medicare's prescription drug coverage. Although the bill is unlikely to become law, it is likely to help shape the debate that could result in a more limited measure that allows some dickering between the government and the pharmaceutical industry over drug costs.
November 19, 2005 |
House Republicans forced a vote Friday over a proposal to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, sparking a raw and raucous debate during which lawmakers hurled insults and jeered each other. The GOP-sponsored proposal, intended to fail and aimed at embarrassing war critics, was overwhelmingly defeated shortly before midnight, 403 to 3.
March 7, 2008 |
Two consultants hired by Countrywide Financial Corp. raised concerns about Chairman Angelo R. Mozilo's lucrative pay package, but key recommendations were ignored and the company eventually hired a third advisor whose aim was to achieve "maximum opportunity" for Mozilo, documents show. The result was a pay contract that "was significantly more generous to Mr. Mozilo" than originally recommended, according to a report released by a congressional panel Thursday.
August 10, 2001 |
President Bush's proposed compromise on stem cell research drew sharp criticism from prominent scientists Thursday who said that providing funds only for work on a small number of existing stem cell groups may seriously hinder research. At the same time, Bush's willingness to allow any federal funding for stem cell research drew a stinging rebuke from the nation's Roman Catholic bishops, whom the president has assiduously courted.
April 15, 2002 |
In designing the new American government, the founders expected tremors in public opinion to rattle the windows in the House of Representatives before anyplace else. James Madison, in "The Federalist Papers," insisted that of all the government's branches, the House most needed "an immediate dependence on, and intimate sympathy with, the people."
September 17, 2008 |
In a stunning political turnabout, the House voted Tuesday to end a long-standing ban on new offshore oil drilling as part of an energy bill aimed at rebutting Republican election-year attacks that the Democratic majority wasn't doing enough to try to ease the public's pain at the pump. The measure would let states decide whether to permit energy exploration 50 to 100 miles off their coasts, ending a drilling ban that was put in place for much of the California coastline in 1981 and expanded to much of the rest of the United States in 1985.
September 30, 2005 |
Whether or not Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) returns to power, few industry lobbyists in the nation's capital are likely to forget the lesson he once taught the electronic manufacturers: Support the Republican Party -- or else. That industry felt DeLay's wrath in the fall of 1998, when one of its leading trade associations hired a Democrat as its top lobbyist. DeLay and his staff temporarily blocked one of the industry's favorite measures from coming to a vote.
November 4, 2001 |
Former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler returned to his hometown of Humboldt to announce his candidacy for the House of Representatives, the job that first took him to Washington in 1975. "I have enjoyed my time in private life. I'm refreshed, my batteries are recharged and I'm ready to go," Pressler, 59, told about 100 supporters. "It's a major job. It's a tough job," he said of the state's only House seat. He was first elected to the House in 1974. He won his first Senate term in 1978.
December 19, 1998 |
With the House poised to impeach President Clinton and send the case to a trial in the Senate, renewed interest is sure to focus on a Republican senator from Kansas who changed history's course 130 years ago by breaking party ranks and casting the vote that saved President Andrew Johnson from conviction. Historians to this day debate why Edmund G. Ross cast his vote the way he did in the nation's only presidential impeachment trial. But no one disputes what happened to Ross afterward.