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House, Senate look to wrap up 109th Congress next week

November 30, 2006 Members of the House and Senate might cast the last votes of the 109th Congress -- and the Republicans' congressional majority -- next week as they attempt to wrap up the year's work on tax items and confirm a successor to outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, while leaving unfinished fiscal ...

Lame duck session likely to last until at least mid-December

November 9, 2006 The Senate is slated to return next week for a jam-packed legislative week, then adjourn until early December to finish the remaining work of the 109th Congress, a senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Thursday afternoon. Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are working with ...

Border fence vote could require Saturday Senate session

September 28, 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., on Thursday warned that the chamber is headed toward a Saturday session to pass a bill to construct a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. The border bill is one of the majority leader's four goals for the week -- and his last chance to ...

Senate Dems unveil plans for nationwide hearings on Iraq

September 20, 2006 Senate Democrats said Wednesday they plan to hold hearings around the country on Iraq before and after the November elections. Democrats accused Senate Republicans of failing to conduct significant oversight of military operations, construction and contracting policies in Iraq, highlighting reports of intelligence failures as well as waste and fraud. ...

GOP mulls perils of immigration fight

May 17, 2006 Despite President Bush's push to put the weight of the White House behind moving comprehensive immigration reform this year, a divided Republican Party on Capitol Hill is grappling with the political repercussions of overhauling immigration laws before Election Day. "This is a survival of the fittest moment," observed Michael Franc, ...

Senate to debate war funding next week

April 20, 2006 The Senate returns next week to debate the contentious fiscal 06 war and hurricane relief emergency supplemental package. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has carved out two weeks of floor time to debate and vote on the provisions because fiscal conservatives have objected to the $106.5 billion price tag. ...

Senator seeks Bush’s help controlling supplemental spending

April 19, 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is pressing the White House to use its muscle -- perhaps by publicly threatening a veto -- to bring down the cost of the Senate's $106.5 billion fiscal 2006 supplemental spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and hurricane relief, according to ...

Lawmakers map strategies for immigration debate next week

March 24, 2006 Senate Democrats next week plan to counter Republican proposals on immigration and border security by emphasizing their ideas on the hot-button issue. According to talking points circulated Friday by Democratic leaders to rank-and-file offices, Democrats will say they have "real solutions, with tough, effective enforcement and smart reforms that will ...

Senator announces plan for U.S. entity to run ports

March 9, 2006 Facing unrelenting opposition from Congress on a deal to hand over control of U.S. seaports to a United Arab Emirates-owned company, the firm on Thursday said it would form an entity to manage the ports. "Because of the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the United States and ...

Mayors vent over changes in homeland security grants

January 27, 2006 A gathering of frustrated U.S. mayors grilled Bush administration officials Friday about federal homeland security initiatives. The mayors told officials that recent changes in homeland security grants were inflexible, confusing and cumbersome. "That's our problem in dealing with you," said Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who added that the ...