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Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is the kind of guy who loves charts, lists and schedules. He likes his meetings to start on time, move briskly and end promptly. And he thinks people should walk the straight and narrow, in designated crosswalks, when they traverse the Capitol's broad plaza. Lott is, in short, a disciplined man for whom organization is a way of life.
This morning, if all goes according to plan, a slightly stooped, bespectacled man with a pronounced New England accent will rise to his feet next to a desk at the center of the Senate chamber and invoke the body's arcane rules to begin a historic debate. At stake for the Senate will be a choice between war and peace. But for George J.
November 30, 1988 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
Sen. George J. Mitchell (D-Me.), an articulate Yankee liberal in the mold of former Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis, was chosen Senate majority leader Tuesday with a clear mandate to act as spokesman for the opposition party during the Administration of President-elect George Bush. Mitchell, who will succeed Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) when the 101st Congress convenes in January, was elected by secret ballot over Sens. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii and J.
November 8, 1994 | JAMES P. PINKERTON, James P. Pinkerton is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
On Sept. 27, Newt Gingrich and the House Republicans issued their now-notorious "Contract with America," a 10-plank platform including tax and spending cuts, a balanced-budget amendment, legal reform and term limits. Predictably, President Clinton and the Democrats pounced, labeling it "Voodoo 2," and "Reagan Redux," a budget-busting, job-exporting "Contract on America." The media reaction has been just as harsh: "Broken Contract," snarled the New Republic.
February 3, 2006 | Mary Curtius and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
In choosing Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio as the new House majority leader Thursday, Republicans sought to put a new face on a party reeling from scandals and worried about maintaining its congressional majority. In an upset, Boehner won a tense closed-door vote that went to a second ballot. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the acting majority leader, had been favored to win the election.
The Senate began consideration Saturday of a groundbreaking plan devised by its Republican leaders to rework the nation's safety net for the poor by giving states authority to design and run their own welfare programs. The package, if enacted, would end a 50-year federal guarantee of cash assistance for poor women with children, impose a lifetime limit of five years of benefits for adults, and reduce federal welfare spending by $70 billion over five years.
February 3, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said in an interview to be broadcast today that he has made the decision to run for President and has not ruled out the idea of serving for only one term. Dole, 71, said in an interview with David Frost to be aired on Public Broadcasting Service stations that "we've made the decision" to run for the Republican nomination. He said his official announcement probably will be made in early April.
June 5, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) threatened Sunday to withdraw anti-terrorism legislation from consideration in the Senate, further escalating the bitter partisan battle over what should be in it. Dole delivered an ultimatum to President Clinton to dispose of a flurry of 67 Democratic amendments to the legislation promptly or see it put on the back burner. If Clinton intervenes with Democrats, "we'll get it passed maybe by Tuesday," Dole said on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press."
September 30, 2005 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
House Republicans struggled Thursday to regain their political balance, one day after House Majority Leader Tom DeLay relinquished his leadership position after being indicted by a grand jury in his home state of Texas. As he worked to unite the party and turn its attention back to the legislative agenda, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, DeLay's successor as majority leader, faced ethics questions himself.
January 15, 1995 | TOM ROSENSTIEL, Tom Rosenstiel, formerly a Washington correspondent for The Times, now covers Congress for Newsweek
In January, 1991, as America stood on the edge of its first war in a generation, a quiet, bespectacled man stood in the well of the U.S. Senate and forced the nation to hesitate and think. George J. Mitchell, a former federal judge who was then Senate majority leader, had successfully pressed the Bush Administration into something Presidents had ignored for half a century: allowing Congress its constitutional authority to vote on making war.
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