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White House says seniors to keep Medicare choices

January 29, 2003 Contradicting widespread expectations, the White House Wednesday said that under President Bush's forthcoming Medicare reform proposal, seniors can remain in the traditional fee-for-service plan and still have access to prescription drugs. But the amount by which the drug benefit would be subsidized-or even the extent that it will be a ...

Senate resumes long debate to finish fiscal 2003 budget

January 21, 2003 Senate appropriators are poised to finish work this week on the $390 billion fiscal 2003 omnibus appropriations package, but they will still have to overcome a series of Democratic amendments designed to boost funds in the proposal. A spokesman for Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said GOP leaders were working ...

House Dems raise concerns over new homeland panel

January 15, 2003 House Democrats, in a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., last week, raised concerns about how the new select Homeland Security Committee would affect standing committee jurisdictions and said they wanted more of a role in deciding about homeland security issues in the future. "[W]e are writing to express serious ...

House GOP chooses Davis to lead Government Reform Committee

January 9, 2003 House Republicans late Wednesday chose Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., to chair the Government Reform Committee. Both Davis and Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., sought to chair the Government Reform Committee and denied interest in chairing the newly created select Homeland Security Committee. But following Davis' selection, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., ...

GOP takes control of both chambers as session starts

January 7, 2003 In a day of pageantry on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., was re-elected to the chamber's highest-ranking position and Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., began work as Senate majority leader. Frist, who was elected by his colleagues to replace embattled former Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., formally became party ...

House Republicans approve plan for select homeland panel

January 7, 2003 The House Republican Conference endorsed a leadership plan Monday to establish a special select committee to consolidate congressional oversight over the new Homeland Security Department. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio said the proposal encountered no resistance and generated little discussion, even by chairmen of existing committees that ...

Republican leaders propose select homeland security panel

January 6, 2003 House Republicans met late Monday afternoon to consider a rules package for the 108th Congress that included a proposal to create a new select committee on homeland security, House GOP aides said. One GOP source also said "there is a significant sentiment" for merging the Defense and Military Construction Appropriations ...

House leaders discuss oversight of Homeland Security Department

December 18, 2002 House Republican leaders this week began to consider the jurisdictionally thorny issue of congressional oversight for the new Homeland Security Department. Incoming House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, confirmed Tuesday that Republican leaders during meetings Monday and Tuesday began to discuss their oversight options. DeLay said he wants to smooth ...

Senate Dems seek to strip provisions from homeland bill

November 18, 2002 The Senate is on track to depart Washington Wednesday after wrapping up work on a number of remaining priority bills-but the recess may not be the end of the lame-duck session. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., believes Democrats are closing in on the votes needed to approve an amendment ...

Homeland security to prolong lame-duck session

November 15, 2002 Last-minute objections to legislation to create a Homeland Security Department will keep the Senate in session into next week, dashing hopes that Friday would be the final day of the lame-duck session. Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. said he hopes the Senate's final day in session would be Tuesday, although ...