March 1, 1989
The Senate voted 99 to 0 today to confirm James D. Watkins as energy secretary, handing the retired admiral the "daunting challenge" of refurbishing the Energy Department's crippled network of nuclear weapons factories. The vote came less than four hours after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 19 to 0 to recommend that Watkins, 61, be made the first career military man to head the department since it was created in 1977. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.
September 22, 1996 |
Democrat Mary Landrieu, a former state treasurer, led in early returns from Saturday's primary for Louisiana's open Senate seat. State Rep. Woody Jenkins, who championed a bill to ban all abortions, bid for the second spot in a runoff. For most of the campaign, second place seemed to belong to Democratic Atty. Gen. Richard Ieyoub. But he faltered in the polls recently after negative publicity about his use of campaign money and as some GOP leaders rallied around Jenkins.
December 21, 1986
When discussing the "petroleum problem," all experts seem to make the same error. Senators J. Bennett Johnston and Claiborne D. Pell, in their Nov. 23 Viewpoint pieces ("A Levy on Oil, the Pros and Cons of an Import Tax) show that even those who recommend conflicting solutions to the problem fail to recognize this error. An oil import tax would create a price advantage for domestic production over imported petroleum. This would tend to increase the consumption of our domestic supply (including those reserves not yet developed or even discovered)
September 22, 1996 |
Republican state Rep. Woody Jenkins, who opposes all abortions and wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, capped a remarkable surge Saturday by finishing first in Louisiana's Senate primary. Former state Treasurer Mary Landrieu edged a fellow Democrat for the second spot in a November runoff. Jenkins had appeared destined for a third-place finish as recently as a week ago, when polls suggested the GOP might be shut out of the runoff altogether.
March 12, 1987 |
Expert witnesses testifying Wednesday at a Senate hearing confirmed fears of a growing U.S. dependence on oil from the Middle East, disagreeing only on when it will exceed domestic production. John Lichtblau, president of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation, said the United States would be importing more than half of its oil by the mid-1990s. Scott Jones, vice president of Chase Econometrics Inc., said this would occur by 1992 or earlier.
October 28, 1993 |
Congress on Wednesday sent President Clinton legislation to kill the superconducting super collider, putting the death of the multibillion-dollar atom smasher a pen stroke away. By an 89-11 vote, the Senate sent the measure to the White House for Clinton's expected signature. To the chagrin of longtime supporters, the $640 million in the bill originally intended for continued construction on the huge Texas physics project was rechanneled to close out contracts.
October 22, 1993 |
Congress officially killed the superconducting super collider Thursday, halting construction of the giant machine that was one-fifth complete at a cost of $2 billion. The $640 million sought by the Clinton Administration to continue construction this year will instead be used to shut down the project under an agreement reached Thursday by House and Senate negotiators. "The SSC has been lynched, and we have to bury the body," said Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.
August 7, 1995 |
Rep. W.J. (Billy) Tauzin, a conservative Democrat serving his eighth term, announced Sunday that he is becoming a Republican. "You know it is time to move when you don't want your own leadership to come back into power," he said at a news conference in his district. Tauzin said he is switching because he is tired of being repressed by his own party. He said he was often locked out of the room when decisions were being made. "My views are not going to change. I'm still the same Billy Tauzin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995
After more than 30 years of distinguished public service, 20 of them in the House, Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) will retire. He joins the growing ranks of House and Senate Democrats who say they have had enough of the bitter partisan politics of Capitol Hill. (Some on that list seemed much more tolerant of bitter partisan politics when their party was in power.) Beilenson will leave his 24th District seat when his term ends in 1996.
May 7, 1993 |
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved an industry-backed version of mining law reform Thursday, deliberately leaving many volatile issues to be worked out in negotiations between the Senate and House, which is expected to approve stronger legislation. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.), chairman of the committee, said that his strategy is intended to speed the most easily passed bill through the committee and onto the Senate floor, hoping to avoid protracted argument.