September 2, 1997 |
Lawmakers who received contributions from tobacco companies were three times more likely to have voted to block spending to help states fight cigarette sales to minors, says a new analysis by smoking foes. The Food and Drug Administration requested $34 million, to be distributed to states, to enforce new federal rules to prevent teenage tobacco sales. The full Senate is expected to decide this week how much anti-tobacco money to give the FDA.
September 1, 1997 |
They left town on a bipartisan high after reaching a historic compact with the White House to balance the federal budget while cutting taxes. But as members of Congress return to work this week from their August recess, their summer of love appears likely to beget an autumn of trench warfare. The budget deal, in fact, may have made a partisan bloodletting inevitable by blurring the philosophical distinctions between the two parties.
August 15, 1997 |
With optimism about the nation's direction rising to its highest level since the Gulf War, Americans give increasingly high marks to both President Clinton and congressional incumbents, according to a national survey scheduled for release today.
June 14, 1997 |
In the past, while many members of Congress were invited to take expenses-paid trips to Taiwan, few of them got invitations to mainland China. But according to congressional financial disclosure reports made public Friday, at least a dozen members of Congress made all-expenses-paid trips to Beijing and other destinations inside China last year--providing yet another indication that the Chinese government has stepped up efforts to win influence in Washington.
May 22, 1997 |
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who heads the House investigation of 1996 campaign fund-raising irregularities, discussed U.S. allegations of drug-money laundering on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 1995 with an Aruban banker whose brother and cousin had been indicted on federal drug charges. Burton spokesman Kevin Binger said the congressman, who has recently come under fire for his own fund-raising practices, would not have met the banker had he known of the indictments.
March 21, 1997 |
For four nights, Janice Gallegly couldn't sleep. Her insomnia wasn't about issues facing other political spouses, such as grand jury subpoenas or questionable campaign contributions. Heck, she probably didn't even have this much anxiety during the last election campaign of her husband, Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley. Instead, this very Republican wife was worried about how to stage a splendid luncheon in honor of her party's Public Enemy No. 2: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
February 18, 1997 |
For dozens of Congress members and congressional aides, getting caught up on tobacco-related issues meant spending the weekend at a lavish golf resort in a getaway sponsored by the Tobacco Institute. The three-day annual legislative conference of the tobacco industry's lobbying group wrapped up Monday at The Phoenician resort.
January 29, 1997 |
Setting out to end billions of dollars in subsidies to big business, an unlikely coalition of Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday launched a broad new attack on corporate welfare, saying that seniors and the poor must not be alone in bearing the brunt of government budget cuts. "Pork has no place when we're so broke," said Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.).
January 10, 1997 |
It seems a distant memory: Democratic and Republican leaders promising to find "common ground" last November after voters said they wanted to keep a Democrat in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress. "Civility" became the political buzzword for 1997. So what happened on the first day of the 105th Congress? A contrite House Speaker Newt Gingrich apologized for ethical lapses and promised to do "everything I can to work with every member of this Congress."