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Senators hope to complete 2003 spending package by Thursday

January 22, 2003 The Senate continued to trudge forward on the $390 billion fiscal 2003 omnibus appropriations bill Wednesday, as senators began to aim for completing the bill by Thursday evening. Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., speaking on the floor Wednesday, urged Democrats and Republicans to limit the number of amendments to the...

Democrats hope to add $20 billion to fiscal 2003 omnibus bill

January 15, 2003 Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., Wednesday proposed adding nearly $20 billion to the fiscal 2003 omnibus appropriations bill that could be on the Senate floor as early as Wednesday evening. Democrats intend to push five amendments to the $385 billion omnibus, including a $5 billion addition to the homeland...

Frist threatens to cancel recess as organizational fight continues

January 14, 2003 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Monday threatened to keep the Senate in session next week unless senators approve an organizing resolution and remaining fiscal 2003 spending bills this week. Vowing to cancel the Senate's planned Martin Luther King Day recess, Frist said, "We will remain in session to get...

Lieberman announces presidential bid

January 13, 2003 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the outgoing chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, announced Monday he is running for president in 2004 as "a different kind of Democrat." In an appearance at his old high school in Stamford, Conn., Lieberman-his party's 2000 vice presidential candidate-declared, "Two years ago, we were...

Senate Dems stall reorganization in dispute over funds

January 9, 2003 Senate Democratic leaders, angling for political leverage, could hold off for weeks on agreeing to a procedural resolution needed to reorganize the chamber for the 108th Congress-a move that could prevent the Senate from addressing legislative business until February. Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., has dug in his heels on...

GOP takes control of both chambers as session starts

January 7, 2003 In a day of pageantry on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., was re-elected to the chamber's highest-ranking position and Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., began work as Senate majority leader. Frist, who was elected by his colleagues to replace embattled former Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., formally became party...

Frist most likely successor to Lott as Senate majority leader

December 20, 2002 Less than two months after helping the GOP win control of the Senate, Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee is now expected to replace Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott as majority leader when the 108th Congress begins. After Lott announced Friday that he was stepping down from his leadership position, Frist quickly...

Discrimination lawsuits filed against Capitol architect's office

December 19, 2002 Two African-American employees in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol have sued their employer, alleging superiors and co-workers created a "racially hostile work environment" and denied them promotions because of race. In separate lawsuits, Roy Holmes and Michael Graham allege violations of the Civil Rights Act and the...

Senate Republicans draw battle lines over Lott

December 18, 2002 At least 17 Republican senators are leaning toward voting for incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., to remain party leader next year, while only seven senators indicated that they plan to oppose him, according to an informal CongressDaily survey conducted Wednesday. But the tally belies the difficulty Lott faces...

Supporters say Lott would stay in Senate if ousted as leader

December 17, 2002 In a reversal, supporters of incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said he likely would remain in the Senate until a Republican successor could be found if he is deposed as GOP leader. "After 30 years, he is not going to go out that way," said one former aide,...

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