August 21, 2009 |
How many lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb? You may soon find out, thanks to an effort underway to illuminate the U.S. Capitol dome with more energy-efficient lighting. The project stems from a push by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to make Congress a shining example of environmental responsibility. But like many projects in Washington, it is not without controversy. Republicans say the $1-million-plus price tag is too costly at a time of record federal budget deficits.
May 7, 2007
Re "Rice, Syrian official talk," May 4 One might conclude that in spite of the flak that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) took from the White House and its allies for making the same gesture toward Syria, that rather than aiding terrorists, as was suggested then, she was actually "paving the way" for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's meeting -- in both their efforts to stabilize the region. DIRK BLOCKER Santa Barbara
February 26, 2009 |
Wary of angering constituents during the recession, members of Congress will turn down the automatic pay raise they are due next year. Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate now get $174,000 a year. Leaders get somewhat more; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) receives $223,500. The move does not affect the $4,700 cost of living adjustment that senators and representatives received Jan. 1.
February 2, 2007 |
Ninety-six members of Australia's 226-member Parliament signed a letter to Congress appealing for help repatriating the lone Australian terrorism suspect being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said. The letter, faxed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), asks Congress to ensure that David Hicks is not tried by a military commission.
January 31, 2007 |
The Congressional Black Caucus has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to form a new committee on Hurricane Katrina to focus more urgently on rebuilding the Gulf Coast, particularly New Orleans. "The Bush administration has turned its back on our fellow Americans, the victims of the greatest disaster on American soil in our generation," Caucus Chairwoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) wrote in a letter to Pelosi. A Pelosi spokesman said she would consider the request.
February 27, 2009 |
A vote on a mortgage cramdown measure is being postponed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi until next week after industry groups voiced opposition and some lawmakers withdrew their support. Industry groups including the American Bankers Assn. and the Mortgage Bankers Assn. are fighting the legislation, which would allow Bankruptcy Courts to lengthen loan terms, reduce interest rates and cut principal payments on a borrower's primary residence.
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July 27, 2008 |
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom took a break from his job and gubernatorial ambitions Saturday to marry actress Jennifer Siebel at Siebel's parents' Montana ranch near Stevensville. It is Siebel's first marriage and the second for Newsom, who divorced legal analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle in March 2006. Newsom met Siebel in October 2006. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Montana to attend the wedding, along with other friends and family. Siebel has appeared in the NBC television series "Life" and attended Stanford Business School.
June 7, 2007
Re "Jefferson faces House investigation," June 6 While Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) may face a lengthy prison sentence for allegedly receiving kickbacks of as much as $500,000, Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, Halliburton, has "misplaced" billions of U.S. taxpayers' money in Iraq, yet no one is being held accountable. GREG HORAK Albany, N.Y. Re "Jefferson indicted on graft charges," June 5 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and the Democrats campaigned against the Republican "culture of corruption."