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Bush demands quick action on war supplemental

March 25, 2003 President Bush Tuesday called on Congress to move "quickly and responsibly" in considering the fiscal 2003 war supplemental over the next few weeks. "The supplemental should not be viewed as an opportunity to add spending that is unrelated, unwise and unnecessary," said Bush, outlining his request during remarks at the ...

New controls on chemical plant security sought

March 18, 2003 House Energy and Commerce ranking member John Dingell, D-Mich., Tuesday called on the Bush administration to prepare new controls on chemical plant security, charging the White House's efforts to ensure facilities are not vulnerable to terrorist attacks have been woefully inadequate. "It is an outrage that the federal government has ...

Activists slam proposed environmental exemptions for military

March 6, 2003 The Bush administration's Defense Department reauthorization proposal includes a raft of exemptions from environmental laws long sought by the Pentagon, including endangered species protections and air quality rules, prompting outcries from environmentalists. Although Democratic sources said party leaders where still reviewing the proposal at presstime Wednesday, they said strong opposition ...

Highway administrator learns to take one for the team on the Hill

February 28, 2003 Giving someone bad news is never fun, and it is even worse if that someone is a parent, boss or other "authority" figure, particularly if you do not agree with what you have to say. But it pales in comparison to sitting in a crowded committee room, given the task ...

House chairman plans aggressive oversight of security agencies

February 25, 2003 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, will conduct oversight investigations into a host of key security issues, including the ongoing creation of the Homeland Security Department, efforts to boost aviation security and whether the new emphasis on terrorism has resulted in federal lapses in emergency management and ...

Democrats accuse White House of ignoring information requests

February 18, 2003 Senate Democrats charged last week that White House officials have privately told them that the Bush administration will no longer automatically fulfill information and oversight requests from congressional Democrats. Democratic sources maintain the administration has decided to automatically fulfill requests only from GOP committee and subcommittee chairmen, Senate Majority Leader ...

Senator questions EPA push to reform clean water rules

February 13, 2003 Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member James Jeffords, I-Vt., raised doubts Wednesday about an upcoming Bush administration proposal to reform Clean Water Act pollution controls, warning the plan could delay decreases in pollution and provide industry with an unwarranted break from Environmental Protection Agency oversight. The plan "could slow ...

Enviros praise Bush budget on Army Corps' projects

February 7, 2003 Despite generally low marks from environmentalists on his fiscal 2004 budget, President Bush is receiving praise for backing a series of reforms to the Army Corps of Engineers sought by conservationists. Bush's budget for the Army Corps puts him at odds with some key GOP senators, including Sen. Trent Lott ...

Bill would make EPA ombudsman independent

January 14, 2003 The EPA's ombudsman would get expanded power to conduct independent reviews of federal cleanup decisions in the Superfund program under legislation outlined today by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. The bill-whose sponsors include Florida GOP Reps. Jeff Miller and Michael Bilirakis, and Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.-would ...

Whitman said ready to leave EPA

December 13, 2002 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman has told the White House and close friends and colleagues that she is ready to leave the agency but would like another high-level appointment, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Friday. Already, rumors about her replacement are swirling around the agency. Environmentalists and lobbyists are pointing ...