May 9, 1991 |
In a stunning defeat for the gun lobby, the House voted by a surprisingly large margin Wednesday to impose a seven-day waiting period on handgun purchases in 25 states that do not have such a requirement. By 239 to 186, a bipartisan coalition approved legislation named after James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. It had previously rejected an alternative backed by the National Rifle Assn. and President Bush.
May 15, 2001 |
Three years after Californians voted to curtail bilingual education, the House this week plans to consider a proposal meant to help push students with limited English skills into mainstream classrooms nationwide. The proposal, part of a larger education bill under debate in the House, says that school systems accepting federal aid for such students should seek to give them all-English instruction within three years.
December 14, 1989 |
The current political outcry over rate increases for cable television, which many expect to result in re-regulation of the industry next year, is largely a byproduct of a "political muscle game that has nothing to do with consumers," one of the most powerful figures in cable television told an industry gathering Wednesday. John C. Malone, chairman of Tele-Communications Inc.
March 23, 1996 |
Thrusting the emotional issues of guns and crime into the election-year spotlight, the House voted Friday to repeal a 2-year-old ban on deadly assault weapons. The bill passed by a solid 239-173 margin, but that triumph for the gun lobby was largely symbolic. President Clinton has promised to veto the measure, a top priority of the National Rifle Assn., and the issue may never even come to a vote in the Senate.
August 22, 1996 |
President Clinton signed a major health care reform measure Wednesday that will ensure that millions of Americans with conditions ranging from pregnancy to heart disease and cancer can change jobs without fear of losing health insurance coverage. The legislation "seals the cracks that swallow as many as 25 million Americans who can't get insurance or fear they will lose it," the president said during an elaborate signing ceremony on the White House South Lawn.
March 4, 1992 |
President Bush said Tuesday that he made a mistake in 1990 when he reneged on his campaign promise not to raise taxes and agreed to an increase as part of a compromise with Congress. Speaking to reporters before departing for a brief trip to Illinois, the President said that the decision to retreat from his pledge "probably wasn't worth it," given the "political flak" that has ensued.
April 28, 1995 |
Technology to help investigators trace the origin of explosives after bombings such as the one in Oklahoma City was developed more than 15 years ago, but the National Rifle Assn. and others, citing safety concerns, have lobbied successfully over the years to block its implementation. This week, President Clinton proposed using so-called "taggants" to trace bomb-making material as part of his broad package of counterterrorism proposals.
November 1, 1991 |
Lawmakers from Western states abandoned Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) in droves Thursday, accepting a "corn for porn" deal that preserves grazing subsidies in exchange for keeping new anti-obscenity restrictions off federal arts grants. On a 73-25 vote, the Senate reversed its support for Helms' measure to impose prohibitions on subsidizing "patently offensive" sexual exhibits or performances.
August 2, 1996 |
Despite the fact that some of them represent large non-English-speaking populations, Orange County's six congressmen voted unanimously Thursday to support GOP legislation that would make English the official language of the federal government. The Orange County lawmakers said they believed that if the federal government uses solely English in most official business, all citizens would be "encouraged" to master the language.
May 18, 1994 |
The House voted unanimously Tuesday to impose a three-year limit on Social Security disability benefits for drug addicts and alcoholics, many of whom are believed to use their federal payments to feed their habits.