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.
November 21, 2006 |
When Jane Harman left Congress in 1998 to run for governor of California, her colleague Nancy Pelosi threw her a party -- a chocolate-fudge sundae "social" in the House members' dining room. Two years later, Harman hosted a fundraiser in Los Angeles for Pelosi when she was running for minority whip, raising $400,000. These days the two rarely talk, much less throw parties for each other.
June 19, 1999 |
Temporarily united by a common target, the competing Democratic candidates for president lashed out Friday at congressional Republicans who blocked efforts to restrict sales at gun shows, effectively blaming them for future carnage on America's streets and in its schools. "What is the Congress doing?" a heated Vice President Al Gore rhetorically demanded, speaking in Los Angeles before several hundred Fairfax High School students and supporters in a midday rally in the school's gymnasium.
February 13, 1999 |
Surrounded by the grim faces of his House managers, Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.) said Friday that he had "no regrets" about pursuing his six-month crusade against President Clinton. But impeachment's unflagging pilot conceded he may have undermined his case by failing to call witnesses during House hearings and rushing to end the committee's probe last year. "I think we could have got more attention for what we were doing--which was important--by having witnesses," Hyde said.
February 18, 1999 |
To vengeful Democrats, Glendale Rep. James E. Rogan is the poster boy for an impeachment-obsessed Republican Congress--poster boy for a hateful gang that tormented their president. Rogan's mug has become a dartboard for the California Democratic Party. Says party spokesman Bob Mulholland: "Rogan is on the endangered species list. . . . He'll need an oxygen tank to survive. . . . He's going to find himself in a boat looking for a life raft. . . ." Choose your metaphor.
April 15, 1999 |
Plans for the 2000 census sank further into a partisan quagmire Wednesday as a sharply divided House of Representatives approved a measure allowing local governments to review and challenge whatever figures emerge from the decennial population count. The bill is the Republican answer to Democratic efforts to use a method known as statistical sampling to correct chronic errors in the traditional door-to-door head count.
July 28, 1999 |
The House on Tuesday approved a one-year extension of normal trade relations with China, despite recent concerns about the nation's alleged theft of U.S. nuclear secrets and continuing disapproval of Beijing's human rights policies. The 260-170 rejection of an effort to sever normal trade relations with China reaffirmed the political support in Congress for engagement with the world's most populous nation.
January 6, 1999 |
Republicans made official on Tuesday their choice of Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) as the next House speaker, opening the way for what his supporters hope will be a kinder, gentler lower chamber in the new Congress. But analysts and lawmakers say Hastert will face two daunting tasks: To take control of his badly split, often combative party and to reach out to Democrats in an effort to push through major legislation despite a diminished GOP majority.
January 31, 1999 |
Note to Monica S. Lewinsky: Don't worry about your deposition Monday for President Clinton's impeachment trial. As far as House prosecutors are concerned, it's No More Mr. Bad Guy--Rep. Ed Bryant (R-Tenn.) will do the questioning. That's the message that House managers wanted to send when they chose Bryant to interrogate the 25-year-old former White House intern in an effort to resolve inconsistencies in previously garnered evidence.
January 30, 1999 |
After weeks of circumspect rhetoric, the administration has shifted tactics and is using the White House podium to pound Republicans who are weighing impeachment of the president. As of last week, White House officials still were saying that they hoped for a fair trial. This week, presidential aides attacked the impeachment proceedings as a right-wing effort designed to cause as much pain and embarrassment as possible to President Clinton.