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DHS presses ahead with plan to use Social Security records to enforce immigration laws

April 7, 2008 Despite protests from businesses, organized labor, and immigrant-rights groups, the Homeland Security Department is pressing ahead with a controversial rule to use Social Security records to enforce immigration laws. The department's bid, critics say, will harm legal workers and the U.S. economy without solving the problem of illegal immigration because ...

Education hits roadblocks on bringing accountability to colleges

November 12, 2007 The Education Department has hit a series of roadblocks in its effort to bring "accountability" -- a hallmark of its No Child Left Behind initiative for the lower grades -- to colleges and universities. Congress is poised to block the department's standards-based agenda, a project of Secretary Margaret Spellings that ...

As repair needs mount, highway trust fund faces shortfall

August 16, 2007 The fatal collapse of the 40-year-old Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis into the Mississippi River on August 1 has focused attention on the nation's chronic underinvestment in its aging and ailing infrastructure. Now Congress needs to tackle the politically tricky question of where to get the money to improve the ...

Senate to focus on military part of Iraq supplemental

October 1, 2003 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said Wednesday he would aim for the Senate to complete work this week on the $65.6 billion military title of the Bush administration's $87 billion fiscal 2004 supplemental request for Iraq and Afghanistan, while saving consideration of the $21.4 billion reconstruction title until ...

Justice Department launches probe of CIA leak

September 30, 2003 The White House Tuesday ordered all of its employees to preserve materials that may be related to the leaking of a CIA officer's name to the media. In a message sent to all White House aides, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales said the Justice Department has opened an investigation into ...

House to introduce hefty temporary funding measure Wednesday

September 24, 2003 Congressional leaders are negotiating the contents of a continuing resolution to fund the government through Oct. 31, which House Appropriations Chairman C.W. (Bill) Young, R-Fla., will introduce Wednesday. "I have the feeling it's not going to be too clean," Young said. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the CR ...

GOP may drop privatization language from FAA bill

September 23, 2003 House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said Tuesday the GOP leadership has "been discussing" dropping contentious language on privatizing air-traffic control jobs from the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization conference report. Earlier in the day, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called the provision a poison pill and said he did not ...

House plans month-long temporary funding measure

September 17, 2003 House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Wednesday confirmed the House plans to pass a continuing resolution next week to keep the federal government funded through the end of October. At presstime, the Senate leadership had not weighed in on its CR strategy. Speaking to reporters after the weekly House Republican ...

Panel extends aid to emergency responders

July 30, 2003 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee took on emergency preparedness and energy conservation Wednesday, approving bills to aid first responders and increase the energy savings and environmental benefits from certain federally funded projects committee on unanimous voice votes. The first, the "Emergency Preparedness and Response Act of 2003," would ...

House appropriators approve VA-HUD spending bill

July 22, 2003 After rejecting Bush administration proposals to make some veterans pay an annual enrollment fee for health insurance and a higher co-payment for prescription drugs, the House Appropriations Committee Monday approved the $90 billion fiscal 2004 VA-HUD bill by voice vote. Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla., said he hoped to get the ...