September 18, 1993 |
In the summer of 1990, before the debate over the nation's health care system had spread much beyond a small cadre of policy wonks, Sen. John H. Chafee approached Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole with a proposition. The Rhode Island Republican offered to lead a GOP health care task force that would delve into the many-tentacled problem that he believed had the potential for ensnaring his party politically.
November 7, 1995 |
The Sierra Club honored U.S. Sen. John H. Chafee recently with a Churchillian phrase crafted in the darkest hour of the Battle of Britain, when all hope rested on a handful of skilled fighter pilots. "Never," reads the inscription on the award, "was so much owed by so many. . . ." If the Rhode Island Republican is the green movement's last great hope in a hostile Congress, Chafee is an annoyance for conservatives eager to dismantle what they say is environmental regulatory abuse gone mad.
March 16, 1999 |
John H. Chafee, senior member of a dwindling band of Senate Republican moderates, will retire at the end of his term, strengthening Democratic chances of gaining a seat on the GOP. A three-term Rhode Island governor and four-term senator, Chafee, 76, has been the most successful Republican politician in generations in a state that is overwhelmingly Democratic. As chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Chafee's record consistently won praise from national environmental
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999
Sen. John H. Chafee exemplified a time and a dedication to service that is quickly fading from the American scene. A son of wealth and privilege, descended from one of Rhode Island's leading families, Chafee dedicated his life to public service--as a combat Marine, in the Rhode Island Legislature, as governor, secretary of the Navy, and for the last 22 years in the U.S. Senate. Chafee died of heart failure late Sunday. He was 77.
February 12, 1997 |
On the eve of a major Senate hearing, a senior Republican senator with strong environmental credentials said that the Clinton administration's proposal to toughen national air quality standards is too harsh, signaling that the plan is in serious trouble in Congress. The comments by Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.
January 3, 1999 |
For straying from Republican orthodoxy, they have been ostracized, berated and even punished by their conservative Senate colleagues. While promoting campaign finance reform, Susan Collins of Maine was never sure if any fellow Republicans would sit at her table during their weekly lunches. James M. Jeffords of Vermont felt their wrath while standing fast as the lone GOP sponsor of President Clinton's health care reform plan. For Maine's Olympia J.