November 26, 2003 |
Just more than half of the members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged President Bush to drop regulatory changes that could reduce the number of streams and wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. They asked the president in a letter to abandon a rulemaking process launched in January and to rescind guidance sent to regulators telling them how to interpret a 2001 Supreme Court ruling. The letter was signed by 218 legislators, including 26 Republicans.
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.
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 18, 1994 |
Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead (R-Glendale), who waited 22 years for the Republicans to control the House so that he could hold a key position, learned this week that he is being passed over for two powerful committee chairmanships because Speaker-designate Newt Gingrich does not consider him aggressive enough.
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.