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Turf battle is on in Congress over new homeland defense agency

June 7, 2002 President Bush's decision to try to unify a wide range of homeland security responsibilities under one Cabinet agency has touched off a turf squabble in Congress over which committees should oversee the new department. "I'm sure there'll be 10 different committees that will want to have a piece of the...

Reorganization plan gains bipartisan support on Hill

June 6, 2002 Although the Bush administration staunchly resisted early congressional efforts to create a Cabinet-level homeland security agency--as well as efforts by Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and ranking member Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, to require Ridge to testify before their committee--GOP sources dismissed notions that the administration had done a turnaround...

Senate debate on supplemental could be long, bitter

June 4, 2002 Although Senate Republicans and Democrats both have pressed for speedy action on the wartime supplemental appropriations bill, the debate is shaping up to be acrimonious and possibly prolonged, with Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., again serving as a lightning rod for GOP combatants. "The upcoming week will go about as...

House Democrats urge Cabinet-level homeland security agency

May 21, 2002 House Democrats Tuesday urged Congress to promote Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to a Cabinet level position, contending that statutory authority would improve his ability to coordinate a unified anti-terrorism strategy and secure more federal funding for security needs. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., endorsed legislation proposed by House...

Bush defends actions in light of new Sept. 11 details

May 17, 2002 President Bush Friday defended himself for the first time since revelations Wednesday evening that he had been warned before Sept. 11 that al Qaeda terrorist groups might try to hijack airplanes. "Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to kill on that fateful morning, I would...

Senate considers bundling budget bills

May 9, 2002 Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have discussed combining a handful of pressing budget and spending measures into a single package in order to expedite consideration on the floor within the next few weeks. The idea would be to combine the fiscal 2003 budget resolution with an increase in the federal...

Ridge briefs small group of senators on homeland security

May 2, 2002 Turnout by senators was somewhat sparse Thursday for an informal discussion today with Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge about the Bush administration's views on border security, and at least one Democratic senator admonished Ridge for failing to have appeared in a more formal setting. Ridge, who told senators his aim...

Citing terrorist visa flap, Senate leader seeks Ridge testimony

March 13, 2002 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., Wednesday urged Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to testify before Congress. Daschle said he was "absolutely shocked" to learn that the Immigration and Naturalization Service approved student visas for two of the suspected Sept. 11 hijackers six months after the attack, and said it...

Senator offers details on 'very personal' decision to leave

March 13, 2002 Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that he had told only a few trusted confidants about his plans before late last week announcing his decision to retire at the end of his term. Thompson said he had told National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Bill Frist of...

GOP leader on management issues announces retirement

March 8, 2002 After mulling retirement last year and then announcing he would seek re-election, Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, Friday disclosed that he would retire at the end of his current term after all. "I simply do not have the heart for another six-year term," Thompson...

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