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Davis formally announces he will not run for Senate

October 25, 2007 Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., on Thursday said he would not run for the Republican Senate nomination in 2008. Davis is the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He declined to say whether he would seek re-election to his Northern Virginia house seat, but hinted his political...

Agriculture secretary weighs bid for Senate seat

September 19, 2007 Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, the former Republican governor of Nebraska, intends to resign and enter the competitive race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel. Two Nebraska Republican sources close to Johanns said he plans to make his resignation formal in the coming days, and one source with firsthand knowledge...

Lawmaker vows to fight criticism over Walter Reed role

March 16, 2007 Rep. C.W. (Bill) Young, R-Fla., on Friday said he would not go quietly in the face of Democratic charges that he saw substandard care of wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center but did nothing about it. Young, who has not said whether he would seek another term,...

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...

Dems, GOP squeeze last drops from campaign messages

November 6, 2006 On the eve of the 2006 midterm elections, top Democratic strategists Monday afternoon hammered away at President Bush over the Iraq war, while Republican rivals said their party's turnout machine and a tightening in many contests could save at least one congressional majority. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer...

Lieberman submits signatures for independent run

August 9, 2006 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., moved forward early Wednesday with his bid for re-election, filing about 18,000 signatures with state election officials to register as an independent candidate in the fall election, a day after losing in the Democratic primary to an anti-war foe. A spokesman said Lieberman needs just 7,500...

McCain, others say time is right for new earmark rules

February 9, 2006 Senate proponents of a crackdown on spending for member projects said today the Jack Abramoff affair and other lobbying scandals provide the political window through which to move earmark reform as a critical piece of lobbying overhaul. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., appeared at a news conference with Sens. John McCain,...

House GOP leaders drop plans for across-the-board budget cuts

October 18, 2005 Faced with a lack of party unanimity, House Republican leaders have decided to temporarily drop plans to include across-the-board cuts to fiscal 2006 discretionary spending as part of an amendment to the budget resolution. The amendment is still expected to call for $50 billion in entitlement cuts, up from $35...

Zippo fires up effort to ease TSA restrictions on lighters

June 6, 2005 Zippo Manufacturing, with lobbying help from the firm Williams and Jensen, a Washington lobbying firm, scored a partial victory last month by persuading the Transportation Security Administration to ease rules that prohibited airline passengers from traveling with unfilled lighters in their checked luggage. Now, Zippo is urging the TSA to...

Senate approves intelligence reform bill

December 8, 2004 The Senate Wednesday afternoon voted to clear the measure overhauling intelligence operations, culminating a dramatic turnaround for a bill that had appeared dead only to be resuscitated by compromise and lobbying from the White House and families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The House passed the...

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