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Texas Dems seek Homeland Security documents

June 6, 2003 House Democrats from Texas Thursday demanded the Homeland Security Department turn over any documents that could substantiate their allegations that Republicans called for federal resources to be used to track down absentee Texas state legislators involved in a congressional redistricting dispute. Invoking the so-called "seven-member rule," Rep. Chris Bell, D-Texas, ...

Democrats launch homeland security task force

June 2, 2003 Hoping to raise the party's profile on the issue of homeland security, House Democratic leaders have tapped Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York to lead a Democratic Caucus task force to promote their policy objectives and to challenge the Bush administration's commitment to adequate funding. Maloney, whose district includes parts ...

House, Senate leaders seek to break logjam on war spending bill

April 10, 2003 With appropriators unable to resolve their differences over what the House charges are extraneous "pork barrel" provisions in the Senate version of the fiscal 2003 war supplemental appropriations bill, the issue appears to have been kicked up to the leadership level. Following a meeting Thursday of Senate committee chairmen, Agriculture ...

Senate Dems unveil plan to boost homeland spending

April 1, 2003 Senate Democrats will try to raise the $4.2 billion in homeland security funding proposed by President Bush in his fiscal 2003 war supplemental appropriations bill to about $9 billion through a series of amendments that would boost resources for state and local first responders, ports, airports, nuclear facilities and for ...

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 ...

House, Senate pass resolutions supporting troops

March 21, 2003 The Senate and House voted Thursday and early Friday, respectively, in favor of resolutions backing U.S. troops fighting in Iraq. The Senate voted 99-0 to commend and support the president, the armed forces and family members of those called to serve. Debate on the House resolution, which was more detailed ...

House leaders start planning possible wartime agenda

March 7, 2003 As the Bush administration ramps up the U.S. military posture in the Middle East, House leaders are pondering the consequences of a war in Iraq and the added workload it means for Congress. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said GOP members are ready for longer workdays. "If we do ...

GOP leaders pull military tax cut bill from House floor

March 6, 2003 House Republicans pulled the plug Thursday afternoon on a military tax cut bill after whip counts showed GOP lawmakers were reluctant to support a bill that included a number of unrelated special interest tax breaks. After huddling with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., Rules Committee Chairman ...

Democrats strategize over fiscal 2004 budget blueprint

February 24, 2003 Democrats are plotting their strategy to craft an alternative to the White House's fiscal 2004 budget, looking for a way to further their policy agenda while still claiming the political high ground on the need to balance the budget and lower the deficit. Early meetings among Democratic staff and senior ...

House members to retreat in the name of bipartisan civility

February 21, 2003 House Republicans and Democrats-who just weeks ago assembled in separate, partisan retreats to plot their legislative and political battle plans for the year-plan to meet next Friday at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia to improve bipartisan relationships and the quality of life in the House. "We don't have a ...