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Senate to focus on passing appropriations bills

July 9, 2001 Having passed his first major scheduling test by steering "Patients' Bill of Rights" legislation through the Senate, Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., will try to keep the chamber on a tight regimen of appropriations bills through July. On Monday, the Senate will take up a Defense supplemental appropriations bill for...

Senate Democrats set to issue committee assignments

July 3, 2001 With a new organizational resolution intact, Senate Democrats are getting ready to distribute new committee assignments, while Republicans are anxious to test new Democratic assurances about how they will deal with President Bush's nominees. The Democratic Steering Committee, which makes committee assignments, is scheduled to meet next Tuesday. Democrats will...

Senate minority leader urges action on defense spending

June 26, 2001 Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., told reporters Monday the Senate needs to take up a fiscal 2001 defense supplemental appropriations bill this week in order to meet the nation's defense needs. "We're really pushing the envelope when it comes to the needs of our defense," he said. Lott said...

Daschle pledges bipartisanship as Senate Dems take control

June 7, 2001 Newly installed Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., Wednesday pledged to pursue bipartisanship and what he called "united governance" as Democrats took control of the Senate. Daschle and Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., pledged to work together to conduct business just as they worked through issues when Republicans held the...

Senate leaders ponder new organizational plan

May 30, 2001 Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., soon to switch roles, must negotiate a new organizational resolution for the Senate, although key decisions are likely to be put off until next week. Democrats are set to take control next Tuesday, when the current organizing resolution...

Senate Democrats prepare to take over

May 29, 2001 Senate Democrats are preparing a busy new legislative agenda that they will try to implement once they take power--thanks to the decision last week of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords to leave the Republican Party to become an independent--while Republicans capitalize on the waning days of their majority to try to...

Congress passes budget plan calling for 4.6 percent raise

May 11, 2001 A week later than initially planned and after lengthy negotiations with moderate Democrats, the Senate Thursday passed the fiscal 2002 budget resolution by a vote of 53-47 as five Democrats joined with 48 Republicans to support the nearly $2 trillion plan. The budget resolution recommends a 4.6 percent average pay...

Senate GOP leaders reach out to Dems on budget

March 29, 2001 Senate Republican leaders appear to be gaining ground in their efforts to reach out to centrist Democrats who could provide decisive votes for President Bush's fiscal 2002 budget plan. "They're just talking to everybody," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. "I've made it very clear what my concerns are." Nelson said...

Senate confirms Ashcroft as attorney general

February 2, 2001 The Senate Thursday confirmed former Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo., for attorney general on a 58-42 vote, concluding several weeks of contentious debate over President Bush's nominee. Earlier, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., presented the Ashcroft vote as an important test of Democratic unity and strength. "I think it is...

Despite huge budget surplus, agencies could go on fiscal diet

January 31, 2001 Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said Tuesday he expects the Congressional Budget Office to estimate that the unified budget surplus over the next decade will total $5.7 trillion, more than $1 trillion higher than CBO forecast last summer. Nevertheless, speaking to reporters after a White House meeting with...