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Squeezed by redistricting, Horn decides to retire

September 5, 2001 Acknowledging the political realities of redistricting, Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., announced Tuesday that he would not run for re-election to his Long Beach-based congressional district. "The redistricting process has created major changes in the areas constituting the 38th District," Horn said in a statement. "In order to remove any doubt...

Appropriations will top House agenda after recess

August 17, 2001 When the House returns after Labor Day, lawmakers will face a legislative calendar as crowded as the week they left. Action on renewing presidential trade negotiating authority, fiscal 2002 spending bills, and prescription drug legislation are among some of the issues GOP leaders are expected to schedule for consideration this...

Civilian agencies may pay for Defense supplemental

July 19, 2001 Senate Budget ranking member Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz Wednesday both suggested that if offsets are needed to pay for the administration's $18.4 billion fiscal 2002 defense amendment, the money should come out of non-defense discretionary accounts. Wolfowitz appeared before the Senate Budget Committee to make...

House Dems demand data on costs of census oversight

June 6, 2001 The debate over the use of statistical sampling passed through Congress long ago, but House Democrats are still asking the Government Reform Census Subcommittee to justify the costs of one of its oversight projects. At issue is the panel's investigation of 16 census field offices where Census Subcommittee Chairman Dan...

House civil service panel chairman to resign

May 29, 2001 Citing family issues and recurring back pain, Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., announced Friday he will resign his 1st District seat in Florida's Panhandle, effective Sept. 6. A spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said that Scarborough has been in "extreme discomfort" from a past back injury and that he...

Census Bureau recommends against sampling data

March 2, 2001 Dealing a serious blow to congressional supporters of statistical sampling, a panel of Census Bureau experts Thursday recommended against using the controversial method for producing redistricting numbers, concluding that while the bureau's sampling operation produced quality work, the panel could not guarantee that it would be more accurate than more...

L.A. lawsuit seeks to put Census decisions in hands of career officials

February 22, 2001 The City of Los Angeles Wednesday filed for a temporary restraining order that would effectively allow career Census Bureau employees--not the Bush administration--to rule on the use of controversial sampled census data for congressional redistricting. Los Angeles City Attorney James Hahn said today that under the Administrative Procedure Act, Commerce...

Dems urge Bush to appoint career official to head Census Bureau

February 21, 2001 Everett Ehrlich, a Democratic member of the Census Monitoring Board, said Tuesday that President Bush could take politics out of the census by nominating acting Census Bureau Director William Barron, a career government employee, to the position permanently. Democrats on the oversight board released the latest in a series of...

Census Bureau's success raises questions about need for sampling

February 16, 2001 House Government Reform Census Subcommittee Chairman Dan Miller, R-Fla., Wednesday pointed to newly released preliminary census data--showing a better count than a decade ago--to argue against using statistical sampling for redistricting. But Democrats energetically disagreed, equating inclusion in the census with the right to vote. "Why does a good census...

Conservatives urge President Bush to reverse executive orders

January 22, 2001 A group of conservative House members has urged President Bush to reverse a series of executive orders issued by President Clinton during his last weeks in office. In a letter dated Saturday, Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and about 30 other members urged Bush to "immediately rescind...

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