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January 17, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
What a difference a day makes. When voters gave control of Congress to the Democrats on election day in November, the balance of power shifted in the almost four dozen committees on which members do the nitty-gritty work of legislating. The new chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee is Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.), a 14-year member of the panel who was sworn in to lead it this month. She has wasted little time in making her mark.
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January 17, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
What a difference a day makes. When voters gave control of Congress to the Democrats on election day in November, the balance of power shifted in the almost four dozen committees on which members do the nitty-gritty work of legislating. The new chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee is Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.), a 14-year member of the panel who was sworn in to lead it this month. She has wasted little time in making her mark.
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February 27, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A panel of federal judges ordered the Legislature to redraw the 12th Congressional District, ruling that it was unconstitutionally created solely to send a Latino to Congress. The judges concluded that "race became the predominant factor" in creating the district, which sent Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez to Congress in 1992. Velazquez promised to appeal the ruling. The judges ordered a redistricting plan by July 30.
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February 28, 1997 | Associated Press
The Legislature must redraw the 12th Congressional District, which meanders through several of the city's Latino neighborhoods, because a panel of federal judges ruled it unconstitutional. The Wednesday ruling echoes earlier court decisions in North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a bill reaffirming -- with a slap at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto. Bush signed the bill without comment. It reinforces support for the words "under God" in the pledge, and for "In God we trust" as the national motto. The bill was approved unanimously in the Senate and drew just five no votes in the House.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2000 | DENISE GELLENE and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Contract "bundling" remains a hot topic on Capitol Hill, where House legislators have introduced a slew of bills to help ensure that small businesses aren't squeezed out of the roughly $200-billion federal contracting market. A report released last month by Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.
NEWS
May 6, 1994 | Reuters
Three members of Congress were arrested Thursday in front of the White House in a protest against the U.S. policy of forcibly returning Haitian refugees. Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) and Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.) were handcuffed and taken into custody for refusing a police order to move. They were later released. The three were protesting the U.S.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2002 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 14-page report to be released today by Democratic members of the House Small Business Committee blasts the Bush administration and congressional leaders for giving short shrift to small-business issues during the most recent congressional session. "The new administration and congressional leadership ... proved to be the best friend big business ever had," says the report, to be released by Nydia M. Velazquez of New York, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2000 | MARLA DICKERSON and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Looking to court women voters in an election year, the Clinton administration this week took the wraps off two federal initiatives aimed at helping women business owners secure a greater share of federal contracts. WomenBiz.gov (http://www.womenbiz.gov) is a new online procurement site to help female entrepreneurs navigate the bureaucratic maze of government contracting.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2003 | Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Times Staff Writer
Large companies are improperly getting billions of dollars in government contracts meant for small business, a preliminary investigation by the General Accounting Office has found. Although the GAO inquiry is not complete, agency officials have advised staffers with the House Committee on Small Business that the amount of improperly awarded contracts is in the "billions of dollars," Wendy Belzer, a spokeswoman for Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2009 | David G. Savage
Sonia Sotomayor became the 111th Supreme Court justice in the nation's history today, taking an oath to "administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich." Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath in a ceremonial conference room at the Supreme Court before a small gathering of Sotomayor's family and friends, and a handful of White House aides who had worked on her confirmation. Roberts said the special swearing-in was arranged for a quiet morning so that Sotomayor could "begin her work as an associate justice without delay."
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