May 31, 2007
LAME-DUCK PRESIDENTS from the right or left tend to edge toward the center in their waning years of office, but the ideological changes gripping George W. Bush seem nearly as profound as a religious conversion. Not only is his administration openly negotiating with North Korea and Iran, once derided as pillars of his "axis of evil," but he seems to be valuing professionalism and competence at least as much as loyalty in his appointees. Bush's choice of Robert B.
May 24, 2007 |
President Bush's choice to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission withdrew his nomination Wednesday amid strong opposition from some Senate Democrats because of his career as a manufacturers' lobbyist. The White House said it was reluctantly accepting the decision by Michael E. Baroody after "some members in the Senate rushed to judgment." Baroody is a lobbyist for the National Assn. of Manufacturers.
March 24, 2006 |
It is a quest that challenges Congress to its very core. For almost three decades, a political answer to the barrage of claims arising from exposure to cancer-causing asbestos has eluded lawmakers. Meanwhile, the longest-running legal brawl over a workplace hazard in U.S. history grinds on with no end in sight. In the latest chapter, the Senate last month rejected a plan to create a $140-billion trust fund to compensate asbestos victims.
November 14, 1991 |
By passing a major bill that makes it easier for victims of job discrimination nationally to sue and collect damages, the House last week ended two years of heated congressional debate over civil rights law. However, much of the nation's business community contends that the debate is about to begin anew in the nation's courts with one major difference--the arguments will now be decided by juries who tend to be more sympathetic toward plaintiffs.
October 26, 1991 |
President Bush and Senate leaders Friday hailed a compromise on civil rights legislation that would make it easier for workers to win discrimination suits and also would give victims of sex discrimination the right to sue for limited damages. At a news conference, Bush asserted that the compromise is "going to hit a lick against discrimination in the workplace." He said that he would "enthusiastically sign" the measure after its expected passage by Congress.
March 4, 2008 |
After a year of toy recalls that shook public confidence in product safety, Senate Democrats and influential industry groups are facing off over how the government regulates everything from baby cribs to all-terrain vehicles. Backed by consumer advocates, lawmakers are pushing to give the public broad access to information about potentially dangerous products and to increase penalties for companies that make or sell harmful products.