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Still angry Reid defends Lieberman

November 10, 2008 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday that Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., might still have a future in the Democratic Party, even though Reid and others in the party are angry at Lieberman's dogged support of Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona and criticism of President-elect Obama. "If ...

Lieberman meets Reid, does not relinquish chairmanship

November 6, 2008 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday to discuss what future, if any, he has in the Democratic Caucus but made it clear after the 40-minute session he is not voluntarily relinquishing his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Reid ...

If Obama wins presidency, Lieberman might be odd man out

October 23, 2008 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., lost his regular Tuesday lunch date earlier this year. After the election, even though he isn't on the ballot, he could lose his job as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Lieberman, who won re-election two years ago by running as an ...

Legislative logjam could leave agencies in the lurch

September 18, 2008 A logjam of issues is threatening to block the exits and keep Congress in session beyond the scheduled Sept. 26 adjournment and might require a lame-duck session, leaders and aides said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., warned that if the Senate does not finish work on a lengthy ...

Lieberman shunned, oversight panel post in peril

September 9, 2008 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., was virtually shunned by other Democrats when he returned to the Senate Monday, fueling increased speculation that his days as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and perhaps as a member of the Democratic Caucus, are numbered. Democrats said on Tuesday that Lieberman ...

Spending bills are on Congress’ agenda for September

August 8, 2008 Energy and appropriations are likely to surge to the fore when Congress returns in September, with packages unveiled by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of 10" and separately by House members as potential starting points on energy legislation. While House Republicans have continued to push during the recess for a vote ...

Senator tries again to form panel to probe war contracts

May 1, 2008 Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., is renewing his efforts to create a panel modeled after the Truman Committee that would investigate fraud and abuse in Iraq War contracting, but he faces an uphill battle. As Dorgan envisions it, the committee would include members from both parties and would ...

Big-ticket items will crowd Senate's pre-Easter schedule

February 21, 2008 The Senate will try to cram a lot of work into the three weeks before the start of the Easter recess on March 15, addressing major issues such as the Iraq war, the fiscal 2009 budget resolution and mortgage reform. A spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said a ...

White House, Senate majority leader continue battle over stalled nominees

February 6, 2008 The White House and Senate Democratic leaders renewed their battle over stalled nominees Wednesday, with the administration saying Democrats are using their opposition to one Justice Department appointment to leave more than 200 positions unfilled. Democrats fired back that the GOP's insistence that certain nominees be confirmed despite serious objections ...

Senate leader lists defense bill among early priorities

January 22, 2008 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Tuesday named the economic stimulus package, changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the tweaked fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill as immediate priorities for the Senate, stressing FISA must be finished this week and that defense authorization could be finished as early as ...