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Senate passes legislation authorizing Bush to retaliate

September 14, 2001 The Senate today by a vote of 98-0 passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against those responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The resolution was a result of bipartisan congressional negotiations with the administration that continued until this morning. "In ...

Legislators, White House draft authority for retaliation

September 13, 2001 Congressional leaders and staff are working to reach rapid agreement on a resolution that would authorize the use of force to respond to Tuesday's terrorist attacks. House leaders had hoped to bring up a resolution as early as Thursday, but disputes over the breadth of the authorization could delay consideration. ...

President's quest for new spending, powers hits snag on Hill

September 13, 2001 A day after a massive terrorist assault on the nation's financial and military nerve centers, President Bush was seeking broad authority to spend for rescue and recovery and undertake a potential military response. But late Wednesday night, congressional resistance prevented lawmakers from drafting the language to appropriate the emergency supplemental ...

Senate votes to condemn attacks

September 12, 2001 Both houses of Congress reconvened Wednesday, moving toward passage of a strongly worded resolution condemning Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington that also offered condolences for the victims and promised retribution against those responsible. In a show of unity, congressional leaders emerged together Wednesday afternoon from the ...

Leadership safe, but Congressional schedule uncertain

September 12, 2001 Congress cancelled all its scheduled activities in the wake of terrorist attacks Tuesday, and it was not immediately clear when work on Capitol Hill would return to normal. A senior Republican leadership aide said he expected Congress would not be in session for "the next few days." The aide added ...

Senate leader breaks logjam on spending bills

September 7, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., managed to clear the way Thursday for the Senate to proceed on fiscal 2002 appropriations bills, after providing additional assurances to Republicans that Democrats will continue to move President Bush's nominations. Republicans objected Thursday when Daschle tried to bring up the FY02 Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations ...

Spending bills stacked up in Senate

August 14, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., will face the crunch of the legislative calendar that he has anticipated when the Senate comes back into session Sept. 4. With the end of the fiscal year looming at the end of September, Daschle still needs to get nine appropriations bills passed, while ...

Daschle still wants nine spending bills passed by August

July 23, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., has scaled back his ambitious scheduling plans for the next two weeks in the wake of the GOP's plodding approach to fiscal 2002 appropriations bills, while maintaining the option of postponing the August recess. "Clearly you have to revise what is possible for the ...

Senate standoff on appropriations bills is brewing

July 19, 2001 The effort by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to keep the Senate on a regimented schedule of fiscal 2002 appropriations bills could once again force a standoff with Senate Republicans, who say they will insist on the right to offer amendments, while demanding speedy action on presidential nominations. Daschle ...

Senate Democrats make committee assignments

July 11, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., rewarded a number of party loyalists in his distribution of plum committee assignments to Democrats Tuesday, while padding the resumes of some Democrats who are up for re-election next year. Democrats were given one additional seat on each committee, except the Senate Ethics Committee, ...