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House boosts pet projects in transportation bill

April 2, 2004 The House agreed Thursday to a massive manager's amendment to the bill reauthorizing federal highway and transit programs that redirects more than $1 billion in the bill to member-requested projects, including projects boosting Alaska's total to $444.3 million, well above the state's original $75.3 million, according to a review of...

Senate buildings reopened before sweeps completed

February 6, 2004 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer Thursday reopened the Russell and Hart Senate office buildings despite the fact that at least four members' offices and the Senate library housed in the Russell building had not been swept for ricin contamination by emergency response...

As Senate buildings close, no cases of illness reported

February 3, 2004 Despite efforts by Senate leaders to maintain an air of business as usual on Capitol Hill Tuesday, the apparent discovery of the toxin ricin in the Dirksen building office of Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., kept much of Congress on edge throughout the day -- with the three major Senate...

White House seen as eager to avoid controversy at EPA

January 27, 2004 K Street lobbyists and congressional aides predict that the White House, hoping to avoid election-year blowups on the environment, will likely put moderates in a number of key Environmental Protection Agency political positions, including the agency's general counsel, deputy administrator and enforcement chief. Lobbyists close to the administration argue that...

White House rejects FAA privatization deal

November 13, 2003 The Bush administration has reportedly rejected a tentative deal between Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Trent Lott, R-Miss., to complete work on the four-year, $60 billion FAA reauthorization bill by imposing a one-year moratorium on the privatization of air traffic control towers, Senate aides and...

EPA under fire for reducing enforcement

November 6, 2003 Responding to reports that the Bush administration has decided to drop dozens of clean-air enforcement actions against utilities and other industrial polluters, Senate Democrats are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general and the Judiciary Committee to conduct inquiries into the agency's enforcement program. EPA enforcement chief J.P. Suarez...

GOP conferees back FAA measure without privatization language

October 29, 2003 House and Senate Republicans Wednesday reopened-and promptly concluded-conference talks on a $60 billion reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration despite the fact that Democrats in both chambers continued to say they will block the package when the bill comes to the Senate floor. House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee Chairman...

Senate confirms Leavitt as EPA chief

October 28, 2003 With just eight dissenting votes, the Senate on Tuesday easily approved President Bush's nomination of Gov. Michael Leavitt, R-Utah, to succeed Christine Todd Whitman as EPA administrator. "The record is clear that Michael Leavitt is a champion of the environment," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "He's very good at bringing...

Senate likely to move Monday to approve EPA nominee

October 27, 2003 The Senate is expected to agree Monday afternoon to break a number of Democratic holds on Utah Republican Gov. Michael Leavitt's nomination to become the new head of the EPA, GOP Senate aides said Monday. The approval seems almost certain despite lingering concerns regarding Leavitt's involvement in a legal controversy...

GOP backs off FAA privatization, but Dems seek more

October 22, 2003 Republicans may be ready to strip air traffic control privatization language from the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, but Democrats still maintain that the original anti-privatization provision passed by the House and Senate must be reinserted for the bill to pass. Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Trent Lott, R-Miss., said...

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