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FBI lauds watch list but still lacks access

May 20, 2004 The director of the FBI said Thursday that the government's efforts to unite multiple, conflicting government lists of terrorist suspects has been completed since March 12, but he acknowledged that law enforcement officials don't have direct access to it yet. "We have one list," Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary ...

White House presses Senate to approve omnibus bill

December 5, 2003 The Bush administration is pressuring the Senate to return and finish the $820 billion fiscal 2004 omnibus spending bill. A White House official, asked Friday about the administration's push, said, "The administration feels that the omnibus budget bill should be done this year and is working with the Senate to ...

Senate budget chief pushes for vote on omnibus spending bill

December 4, 2003 Senate appropriators are putting the heat on Majority Leader Bill Frist. R-Tenn., to bring senators back for a roll call vote Tuesday on the $820 billion fiscal 2004 omnibus spending measure, although he has thus far shown no inclination to do so. The House will act Monday. Senate Appropriations Committee ...

Senate unlikely to get consent for omnibus spending bill

December 3, 2003 Senate leaders are unlikely to gain unanimous consent to approve the $820 billion fiscal 2004 omnibus appropriations package next Tuesday, following expected House passage a day earlier. Barring a unanimous consent agreement, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., will seek an agreement with Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., for a ...

Fate of omnibus bill unclear as House, Senate plan brief return

December 1, 2003 The House will be in session next Monday to pass the fiscal 2004 omnibus spending bill before leaving for the remainder of the year, while the Senate expects to return one day later to make an effort to get a unanimous consent agreement to take up the omnibus. Objections are ...

Senate inaction on huge spending bill could delay pay raise

November 25, 2003 Federal employees might see a delayed pay raise in 2004 if Congress fails to pass a pending fiscal 2004 omnibus appropriations bill by the end of the year. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is seeking unanimous consent to bring up the $328.1 billion omnibus bill by voice vote Dec. ...

Senate session may drag on into December

November 11, 2003 Senate Democrats on Tuesday showed no signs of laying off their criticism of Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., for keeping the Senate in session and voting during the Veterans Day holiday, while asking members to be available for an all-night marathon debate on judicial nominations starting Wednesday night. Minority Leader ...

House stalls, Senate plows on through budget bills

November 10, 2003 Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, announced Monday afternoon that the House would not be in session this week for votes, after it became clear that an energy conference report would not be ready for a scheduled floor vote Thursday. One GOP aide noted Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Pete Domenici, ...

House and Senate face full plate of spending bills next week

October 23, 2003 Republican leaders have scheduled the House to be in session Tuesday through Friday next week in anticipation that conferees working on fiscal 2004 appropriations, energy and defense bills will soon complete their reports. Speaking about the schedule earlier this week, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said the House would ...

Justice Department launches probe of CIA leak

September 30, 2003 The White House Tuesday ordered all of its employees to preserve materials that may be related to the leaking of a CIA officer's name to the media. In a message sent to all White House aides, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales said the Justice Department has opened an investigation into ...