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Senator seeks to move military pay provision

October 21, 2005 With the timing of the defense authorization bill still in limbo, Senate Republicans today agreed to attach provisions boosting military personnel pay and benefits to either the fiscal 2006 Defense appropriations bill or some other spending measure, Senate aides said. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., made the request in a...

Bush unveils steps to help victims with federal benefits

September 8, 2005 At the White House Thursday afternoon, President Bush unveiled a new federal effort to ensure that Gulf State residents dislocated by Hurricane Katrina receive government benefits, while Treasury Secretary John Snow announced the extension of deadlines for filing tax returns and paying taxes. The program announced by Bush is designed...

Congress to act quickly on Bush's $51.8 billion aid request

September 7, 2005 Hurricane Katrina continued to dominate the congressional agenda Wednesday as the White House sent up a $51.8 billion supplemental aid request, while House and Senate GOP leaders acknowledged the budget reconciliation process of non-Katrina items will be delayed as a result of more pressing matters. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.,...

House, Senate set to move hurricane relief packages

September 6, 2005 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Tuesday he will look to push through at least three legislative packages related to Hurricane Katrina -- addressing immediate relief and cleanup issues as well as mid- and long-range economic and health challenges posed by the disaster. Frist mostly has cleared the floor calendar,...

Congress to hold special session on Katrina relief

September 1, 2005 The Senate and House will convene in extraordinary special sessions Thursday evening and Friday afternoon to approve emergency funding to Gulf Coast states that have been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Senate plans to approve the spending in a session tentatively set for 10 p.m. this evening, according to a...

Democrats expect to hold firm in opposition to Bolton

June 20, 2005 Despite pressure from the White House and congressional Republicans, Senate Democrats are expected to maintain their filibuster of President Bush's nomination of John Bolton to become the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. This would likely end the chamber's consideration of the nomination for the foreseeable future, Democratic and...

Senate Dems target SSA official for promoting Bush plan

May 19, 2005 Senate Democrats are investigating whether Social Security Administration Assistant Commissioner Andrew Biggs violated a federal ban on congressional lobbying by federal employees when he edited the prepared testimony for a lobbyist appearing before a recent Democratic Policy Committee Social Security hearing, Senate aides said Wednesday. Democrats have been investigating SSA's...

Social Security Administration dipping into politics, report says

February 28, 2005 House Democratic leaders released a report Monday charging the Bush administration with politicizing the Social Security Administration by working with the SSA to alter its message strategy to support Bush's agenda. The report states that SSA has "markedly changed its communications to the public over the last four years," citing...

Senate Democrats to challenge Bush promotional efforts

January 11, 2005 Senate Democrats are preparing for an early battle this session with their GOP counterparts and the White House over accusations that the Bush administration might have violated federal spending rules in undertaking a series of public relations moves, including hiring conservative pundit Armstrong Williams to promote the No Child Left...

House passes intelligence overhaul bill

December 7, 2004 The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday evening to approve a compromise bill overhauling the nation's intelligence programs -- despite persistent opposition from House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and a group of conservatives. The measure passed on a 336-75 vote. The legislation would give the intelligence director exclusive authority over...

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