April 6, 2002 |
As taxpayers approach their annual day of reckoning, House Republicans plan to act on two bills in the next two weeks that would bolster taxpayer rights and make permanent last year's major tax cuts. The votes, on either side of April 15, will enable the GOP to spotlight its stance on taxes in an election year when many voters are worried about a still-fragile economy. Both bills are favored to win approval in the Republican-led House, though the vote on tax cuts could be close.
March 19, 2002 |
While Democrats launched a final push Monday for legislation to limit the influence of big-money donors, party officials said one contributor has given several million dollars this year to help build a national Democratic headquarters. The gift, when confirmed in federal disclosure reports due to become public next month, will apparently be the largest of the past decade to either of the major national parties.
March 12, 2002 |
Six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks postponed a brewing debate on immigration reform, the House today is expected to approve a measure backed by President Bush to help certain immigrants stay in the United States while they seek legal residency. The House action comes after Bush prodded Republican leaders to pass the measure before he makes a four-day swing next week through Mexico, Peru and El Salvador. The measure has strong bipartisan support in the Senate.
March 9, 2002 |
A measure that would require a nationwide increase in the use of ethanol in gasoline gained momentum in the Senate on Friday, despite warnings it could lead to gasoline price spikes and supply shortages in California. The measure, expected to be included in a comprehensive energy bill before the Senate, is one of the few issues in a contentious debate on energy policy that has brought together Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
March 5, 2002 |
With negotiations dragging on longer than expected, final action stalled again Monday in the Senate on legislation to overhaul the nation's voting machinery and procedures. Democrats failed for the second time in four days to overcome a Republican-led filibuster of the bill, prompting Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to shelve the measure. He said that lawmakers today would instead begin a lengthy debate on energy policy.
February 24, 2002 |
As Congress returns from a weeklong recess Monday, Republicans face renewed pressure to resolve a politically sensitive issue that has divided their ranks: legislation to extend unemployment benefits for millions of people who use up their regular benefits. The long-stalled bill has taken on new urgency because, in the coming weeks, people who lost their jobs because of the economic effect of the Sept.