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Senate Republicans, Democrats agree on sharing power

January 8, 2001 Senate Republicans and Democrats Friday reached agreement on all but the final details of a power-sharing agreement that will give Democrats equal representation on Senate committees. While Republicans gave in to the Democrats' central demand--equal ratios on committees--they also gained a provision they hope will prevent committees from deadlocking over ...

Commerce nominee grilled about census management

January 5, 2001 The Senate Commerce Committee today gave Commerce Secretary-designate Don Evans a cordial reception during his opening confirmation hearing, but Democrats urged Evans not to prevent the release of statistical sampling census data. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., pressed Evans to clarify whether he would allow the Census Bureau, which the Commerce ...

No agenda yet for lame-duck congressional session

November 29, 2000 With the presidential election still in limbo, congressional leaders and their top aides are taking a wait-and-see approach to setting an agenda for next week's reconvening of the lame duck session. The existing continuing resolution--which covers agencies funded by the unfinished FY2001 Labor-HHS, Commerce- Justice-State, Legislative Branch and Treasury-Postal spending ...

No agenda yet for lame-duck congressional session

November 29, 2000 With the presidential election still in limbo, congressional leaders and their top aides are taking a wait-and-see approach to setting an agenda for next week's reconvening of the lame duck session. The existing continuing resolution--which covers agencies funded by the unfinished FY2001 Labor-HHS, Commerce- Justice-State, Legislative Branch and Treasury-Postal spending ...

GOP, Democrats assessing new Senate makeup

November 9, 2000 Although election officials have yet to determine the winner of the 2000 presidential race and the political fate of Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., Republican and Democratic party leaders have turned to the task of assessing the consequences of a Senate split 50-50. Senate Democrats, who knocked off five GOP incumbents ...

Senate majority shrinks after five Republicans defeated

November 9, 2000 As many as five Republican senators appear headed for defeat in Tuesday's elections, but Republicans would still retain control over the chamber, just how tenuously depends on the presidential contest, absentee ballots and unsettled constitutional questions. Under one possible scenario, the GOP majority would have to operate with a 50-50 ...

Agencies' funding in doubt as confusion reigns on Hill

November 3, 2000 The bizarre ending of the 106th Congress took yet another unanticipated turn Thursday as House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., declared the Congress over and signaled a willingness to send members home while passing one-day continuing resolutions to keep unfunded federal agencies running by unanimous consent. "It would seem to ...

Veto threats endanger GOP plans to adjourn Friday

October 27, 2000 Republican leaders were reworking their legislative floor strategy Thursday and deciding whether to keep their members in town in the wake of veto threats and Democratic opposition to their remaining tax cut and spending plans. The White House Thursday issued veto threats against the combined Commerce-Justice- State/District of Columbia appropriations ...

No shutdown, but no budget yet either, Clinton says

October 26, 2000 President Clinton Wednesday downplayed talk of a potential government shutdown, but continued to press Congress to finish the appropriations process. "We still have not seen from Congress an acceptable budget," Clinton said, adding that he wanted "to continue to put progress ahead of partisanship." Asked about a potential shutdown if ...

Democrats raise money to win back house

August 18, 2000 In 1998, House Democrats lacked the money to promote strong candidates, but top Democratic strategists said Wednesday their much larger war chest this year is the previously missing element that will allow them to recapture the majority this November. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Executive Director David Plouffe said the ...