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Senate puts aside partisan flap to pass resolution commending troops

March 8, 2002 After four days of arguing over specific language, the Senate Friday passed a resolution commending U.S. troops for their efforts in the war in Afghanistan and declaring that the Senate "stands united with the president in the ongoing effort to defeat terrorism." Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., drafted a version ...

White House briefs Congress on contingency government plan

March 5, 2002 House and Senate leaders Tuesday received a briefing at the White House on the administration's contingency plans to keep essential government functions running in the event of an attack on Washington. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle had told reporters last week he had not been made aware of the East ...

Senator places holds on Transportation nominees

February 14, 2002 Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph Biden, D-Del., has placed holds on two noncontroversial Transportation Department nominees to try to move his bill to boost Amtrak security. The nominees that Biden is holding up are Emil Frankel, nominated in September to be assistant secretary of Transportation for transportation policy, and Jeffrey ...

Fallout from senator's battle with Treasury secretary continues

February 11, 2002 Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Sunday that senators had a responsibility to act "appropriately" when interrogating witnesses--an apparent admonition to Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who engaged in a harsh exchange with Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill at a Budget Committee hearing last week. Lott was asked on "Fox News ...

Differences on key Hill issues remain after Bush address

January 30, 2002 President Bush presented his economic strategy Tuesday night as one of three great pillars of his presidency, along with the war on terrorism abroad and safeguarding the American public at home. Delivering his first formal State of the Union address, Bush said, "When America works, America prospers, so my economic ...

House Democrat urges Bush to call budget summit

January 10, 2002 House Budget Committee ranking member John Spratt, D-S.C., Thursday offered a gloomy economic budget forecast for fiscal 2003, and called for the administration to convene a budget summit to put the nation on a sound fiscal course. "We need to come together and try to settle our differences around the ...

'Security' to be theme of Bush's State of Union speech

January 9, 2002 The theme of President Bush's State of the Union address Jan. 29 will be "security" for U.S. citizens, the White House said today. The term will apply not only to protecting citizens against terrorism, but to ensuring they are economically secure as well, according to White House Press Secretary Ari ...

Senate pay raise vote a political risk

December 11, 2001 Some potentially vulnerable Democrats cast a procedural vote late Friday night that allowed lawmakers to receive a cost of living increase--and provide their opponents with a possible campaign issue. A total of 18 senators who are up for re-election next year voted to block an amendment that would have eliminated ...

Senate faces showdown on Sept. 11 spending

December 6, 2001 In hopes of averting a partisan parliamentary showdown, Senate Republicans may offer an alternative fiscal 2002 Defense spending bill that stays within the president's limit when debate on the measure begins today. But if it fails, Republicans are prepared to bring the entire bill down on a point of order, ...

Senate leader offers compromise on homeland security spending

November 28, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., today offered to cut in half a $15 billion package of new spending for homeland security championed by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Byrd, D-W.Va., and attach it to the fiscal 2002 Defense appropriations bill rather than an economic stimulus measure. The move could help ...