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February 24, 1989 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
In an extraordinary blow to President Bush's power and prestige, the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday night voted to reject former Sen. John Tower as secretary of defense. The 11-9 vote was along party lines. President Bush and embittered Senate Republicans vowed to fight for the troubled nomination on the Senate floor. But with Democrats holding a 55-45 majority, Tower now appears unlikely to win the job that he has so long and so ardently sought.
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NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Two of President Obama's second-term Cabinet nominees inched forward Thursday, while another was poised to win final confirmation by the Senate. Thomas E. Perez, Obama's choice to lead the Labor Department, and EPA nominee Gina McCarthy won party-line votes of Senate committees Thursday morning, after Republicans had employed various procedural tactics to delay progress in confirming their appointments. It is unclear at this point how soon, if at all, the full Senate would move to confirmation votes for either nominee.
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NEWS
June 15, 1994 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate, trying to cut a partisan knot, voted along party lines Tuesday to begin limited hearings into the Whitewater controversy before the end of next month. With all 56 Democrats voting yes and 43 Republicans voting no, the Senate approved a resolution offered by Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) to authorize the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to investigate some aspects of Whitewater at hearings to begin no later than July 29.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California's $8-an-hour minimum wage needs to go up, says Watsonville Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo. And he may be getting the votes he needs to make it happen. But don't count on it; Alejo has tried this before. Alejo is the author of AB 10, which would give the Golden State its first minimum wage increase since 2008. The bill would raise it 25 cents an hour next year, 50 cents in 2015 and an additional 50 cents to $9.25 an hour in 2016. In 2017 and annually thereafter, hourly pay would be adjusted upward automatically, based on the state's inflation rate.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved North Carolina judge Terrence R. Boyle's nomination to the federal Court of Appeals in a party-line vote. Boyle, a U.S. District Court judge nominated for a seat on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., advances to the full Senate for confirmation on the 10-8 vote in committee.
NEWS
May 16, 2001 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Senate Republicans, stung by Democratic successes in altering President Bush's education bill, closed ranks Tuesday to reject an initiative to bolster the teaching corps in needy schools. On a 50-48 party-line vote, Republicans defeated an amendment offered by Democrats to add the Clinton-era program to the new bill. The proposal by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sought to direct up to $2.
NEWS
February 2, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
Senate Democrats on Wednesday turned aside a bid by Republicans to repeal the new healthcare law, in the first Senate test of the sweeping overhaul that President Obama signed in March. The 47-51 party-line vote on a procedural motion came two weeks after House Republicans pushed a repeal resolution through that chamber. And it ended the first chapter of the GOP legislative attack on the new law, setting the stage for new battles over specific provisions of the law, including the controversial mandate that will require most Americans to get health insurance starting in 2014.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After a contentious debate, the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, moving the fight over President Obama's controversial Cabinet choice to the full Senate. Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, won the 26-member panel's endorsement with only Democratic votes. All 11 Republicans present voted against his nomination; one GOP senator was absent. The full Senate will begin considering Hagel's nomination Wednesday, with a final vote possible by week's end. Several GOP senators have threatened to delay the vote, but the White House appears confident it has enough votes to prevail.
NEWS
October 12, 1995 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT and EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a major Republican initiative to reduce spending on Medicare by $270 billion over seven years and move millions of elderly beneficiaries into health maintenance organizations and other managed-care systems. The measure was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 22 to 14 amid highly partisan debate.
WORLD
June 17, 2004 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a move, prompted by the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, to prohibit the use of private contractors in the interrogation of detainees. The measure, one of the first legislative responses to the abuses at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, was rejected by the Republican-controlled chamber on a largely party-line vote of 54 to 43. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After a contentious debate, the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, moving the fight over President Obama's controversial Cabinet choice to the full Senate. Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, won the 26-member panel's endorsement with only Democratic votes. All 11 Republicans present voted against his nomination; one GOP senator was absent. The full Senate will begin considering Hagel's nomination Wednesday, with a final vote possible by week's end. Several GOP senators have threatened to delay the vote, but the White House appears confident it has enough votes to prevail.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- After a sometimes contentious debate, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted on party lines and narrowly approved the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, moving the bitter fight over President Obama's Cabinet choice to the full Senate. Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, won the 26-member panel's endorsement with only Democratic votes. All 11 Republicans present voted against his nomination, with one absent. The full Senate could vote as early as Thursday to confirm Hagel, although several GOP senators have threatened to seek delays.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Legislation aimed at curbing table-saw accidents that often result in amputations survived a party-line vote in a state Senate committee. The measure, approved 3 to 2 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would make California the first state in the nation to require that table saws be equipped with "injury mitigation technology" to stop a blade quickly enough to avoid amputations and severe lacerations. The Assembly already passed the bill on a 64-4 bipartisan vote.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | Lisa Mascaro
Doubling down on a controversial campaign issue, the GOP-led House approved a 2013 budget that would cut taxes for the wealthy, revamp Medicare and slash federal spending in a vote that will define the Republican Party this election year and beyond. Thursday's 228-191 party-line vote comes as a heated debate is playing out in Congress and the campaign trail, where Mitt Romney has embraced the proposal in sharp contrast to President Obama's approach to budgeting. No Democrats voted for the measure, but 10 Republicans voted against it - more than last year.
NEWS
March 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
In a mostly party-line vote, the House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would permanently bar NPR from receiving federal funds, the latest escalation in conservatives' campaign against the broadcaster. Republicans already voted to eliminate all federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the current fiscal year, which helps public stations buy NPR programming, but the provision was not incorporated into the continuing agreements that have kept the government funded.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
A House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, boosting a top Republican priority and taking aim at the Obama administration and states like California that favor tougher regulations. The bill was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a largely party-line vote. Republicans argued that action by the EPA, coming after Congress failed to pass a global warming bill, would impose burdensome and unnecessary rules on industry.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
Congress on Tuesday gave final approval to a $26.1-billion aid package for cash-strapped states that will keep 161,000 teachers and thousands of police, fire and other local government workers from being laid off. The legislation was quickly signed by President Obama. The funding will also help states maintain medical services for low-income people. The measure was approved on a virtual party-line vote after the House was summoned back to Washington from its August recess for a rare one-day session.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
Democratic and Republican senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. The lone maverick was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted to confirm Kagan because, he said, she is smart, well-qualified and of good character. "But yes, she's liberal," he said, and paused. "Sort of expected that, actually."
NATIONAL
February 3, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
Senate Democrats on Wednesday turned aside a bid by Republicans to repeal the new healthcare law, in the first Senate test of the sweeping overhaul that President Obama signed last March. The move to attach the repeal to an aviation bill got just 47 votes, all from Republicans, falling 13 shy of the 60-vote supermajority needed. Fifty-one senators voted against repeal. That effectively ended the first chapter of the GOP legislative attack on the new law, two weeks after Republicans pushed a repeal resolution through the House.
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