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Senate likely to add human cloning debate to agenda

November 26, 2001 Senate Republican sources say the Senate is now likely to take up the issue of human cloning this year in order to keep pace with new scientific breakthroughs, potentially adding yet another high- profile contentious issue to the legislative agenda. The issue could gain new momentum following Sunday's announcement by ...

Bush threatens to veto additional security spending

November 7, 2001 Congressional appropriators left a White House meeting with President Bush Tuesday night, no closer to an agreement over spending to fight terrorism, after Bush threatened to veto any bill exceeding the $686 billion cap on the 13 regular bills and the $40 billion supplemental already passed. Capitol Hill's four top ...

Homeland security chief takes heat from Senators

October 31, 2001 Senate Democrats and Republicans questioned the administration's handling of recent terrorist threats at meetings Tuesday with Office of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge. "There's a lot of noise, and not a lot of clarity," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., characterizing the administration's response. Dodd cited a need for more coordination ...

Sweeps continue as House, Senate prepare to return

October 22, 2001 Health officials continued conducting an environmental sweep of House and Senate office buildings today to look for traces of anthrax, as officials focus on people and facilities associated with Capitol mail delivery. House and Senate leaders, in consultation with health and security officials, are expected to decide later today whether ...

Senate wraps up business as anthrax sweeps begin

October 18, 2001 The Senate on Thursday conducted normal legislative business on and off the floor even as many staff members stayed home so medical teams could test Senate office buildings for anthrax bacteria. Displaced senators made the best of the situation by operating out of their small Capitol hideaway offices with small ...

White House backs away from plan to keep classified info from Congress

October 10, 2001 The White House today indicated it has suspended a controversial memo from President Bush stating that classified information related to the war effort be provided only to Congress' four top leaders and leaders of the intelligence committees. But the decision left unclear--at least publicly--whether Congress would, as a result, receive ...

Senate seeks to finish work on defense authorization

September 27, 2001 The Senate next week will try to complete action on the fiscal 2002 defense authorization bill, which hit a snag this week when Republicans tried to offer energy amendments in an effort to win assurances from Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., that he would bring up broad energy legislation later ...

Defense authorization bill in limbo as Senate recesses

September 26, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., had to abandon his hope of completing action on the fiscal 2002 defense authorization bill this week. On Wednesday, Republicans insisted on securing an agreement to bring up energy legislation, effectively stalling the defense bill. With no immediate prospect of freeing up the defense ...

House prepares for action on Defense, spending bills

September 19, 2001 When the House returns Thursday, Republican leaders hope to take up a number of bills, including fiscal 2002 appropriations measures that were put aside while Congress responded to last week's terrorist crisis. The House, scheduled to be in session Thursday and Friday, will likely take up defense authorization legislation Thursday ...

Congress taking its cues from the President

September 17, 2001 As the Bush administration makes preparations for what officials call a war on terrorism, House and Senate leaders are focusing on where Congress can make an immediate legislative impact. Meanwhile, leaders may seek to clear nagging budget issues off the table to free Congress to respond directly to the terrorist ...