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Treasury nominee to make Hill rounds before release of tax cut plans

December 9, 2002 The shakeup in President Bush's economic team could delay the introduction of the administration's economic stimulus package until mid-January, congressional sources said Monday. Meanwhile, Bush Monday announced the nomination of CSX Corp. Chairman John Snow to replace Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, who was forced out of his post Friday. White...

Homeland debate may be on slow track in September

August 9, 2002 Even though congressional leaders held out hope last month that they could quickly push legislation to create a Homeland Security Department through the Senate in a matter of days, there are signs that action could be slow-going when Congress returns. Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., told reporters before the...

Senate likely to postpone action on homeland bill

July 26, 2002 A flurry of activity at the end of the week has caused Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to reshuffle his priorities in the last week before the August recess, with quick action possible on a number of important pieces of legislation. With new agreements on a handful of conference...

Senate panel rejects move to loosen civil service protections

July 24, 2002 Debate in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on a proposal to create a Department of Homeland Security moved swiftly Wednesday morning, until senators took up the controversial issue of civil service protections for employees who would work in the new department. The committee voted 10-7 to defeat an amendment offered...

Defense spending bill headed for Senate floor

July 23, 2002 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., Tuesday said he hopes to move the fiscal 2003 Defense Appropriations bill to the Senate floor next week$#151;which would meet one of the key scheduling demands made by President Bush and congressional Republicans. "I want to do that before we go out," Byrd...

Senate chairmen take aim at Lieberman on homeland bill

July 23, 2002 In another sign of intramural tensions over homeland security legislation, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., is taking aim at a key section of the Senate bill that would give the new Homeland Security Department broad powers to gather intelligence, sources told CongressDaily Monday. Levin favors establishing a...

Unions pleased with civil service protections in Lieberman bill

July 19, 2002 Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., Friday unveiled his proposal for the new Homeland Security Department, including language to ensure civil service protections for employees of the new department. Representatives of federal employees' unions said they are satisfied with the labor provisions included in the proposal. "His language...

House eyes creation of homeland security panel

June 19, 2002 House leaders plan to bring to the floor Wednesday a resolution that will establish an ad hoc committee charged with moving the Bush administration's proposal to create a Homeland Security Department through the legislative process. The Rules Committee met Tuesday to consider a rule for the resolution, although the measure...

Senate in a hurry on homeland security bill

June 13, 2002 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., are negotiating a fast-paced schedule for creating a new Homeland Security Department under a procedure that will give Senate Republicans and Democrats a chance to help shape the proposal. After a White House meeting Wednesday, Senate Democratic leaders...

Ridge to brief senators on proposal for new department

June 11, 2002 Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge Thursday will hold his first Capitol Hill briefing for lawmakers concerning President Bush's plan for a new Homeland Security Department, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said Tuesday. The meeting, requested by Daschle, is open to all senators and will be a private session held...

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