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House votes to prevent mandatory spending cuts

November 15, 2002 The House voted late Thursday to approve waivers for mandatory, across-the-board reductions in fiscal 2003 spending. The move would eliminate the need for a "sequestration" of funds in mandatory programs, such as Medicare, veterans benefits, agriculture and student loans. Thanks to previously enacted legislation, including last year's tax cut, the ...

House passes homeland security bill

November 13, 2002 The House Wednesday night approved legislation to create a Homeland Security Department. The bill passed by a vote of 299 to 121. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, who headed the House's select homeland security panel, said the compromise was the result of "very broad negotiations with the White House ...

White House willing to accept further delays in spending bills

November 12, 2002 Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said Tuesday that while the White House would like to see Congress finish the remaining appropriations bills before the end of the year, it would not try to block efforts to defer passage of the bills until early next year. "We prefer ...

Lawmakers to push for passage of homeland bill before lame-duck ends

November 8, 2002 With President Bush insisting on action, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., Friday afternoon vowed to press for passage of homeland security legislation before the upcoming lame-duck session adjourns. Bush at a news conference Thursday insisted that Congress not leave until the homeland security ...

House Democrat steps down as minority leader

November 7, 2002 House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., confirmed Thursday afternoon he would not seek another term as Democratic leader, a decision that reverberated through Democratic ranks as up-and-coming party leaders moved to fill the void created by his decision. "After much deliberation, I have decided not to seek the post of ...

Republicans expand House majority

November 6, 2002 For the first time since seizing the House in 1994, Republicans Tuesday expanded their majority in the midterm elections by successfully defending their incumbents, picking up most open seats and winning three of four incumbent-versus-incumbent matchups. Republicans have won at least 227 House seats, a net increase of at least ...

House, Senate pass another temporary spending bill to avoid shutdown

October 17, 2002 Unable to resolve disagreements about drought aid, Medicare givebacks and tax cuts, the House passed a continuing resolution lasting through Nov. 22 by a 228-172 vote and was preparing late Wednesday to leave Capitol Hill until a lame-duck session the week after Election Day-unless a Senate breakthrough on domestic security ...

Congressional leaders targeting Oct. 18 adjournment

October 8, 2002 Congressional leaders are now looking to wrap up their pre- election work Oct. 18, although Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., continues to threaten to keep the Senate in session longer to finish the chamber's work for the year. A Daschle spokeswoman also said it is "unlikely" the Senate will ...

House leader vows to stay in session until homeland bill is done

October 2, 2002 House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said Wednesday he would keep the House in session until Congress sends a homeland security bill to the White House, decreasing the odds that the House would break for the elections by Oct. 11 and increasing the likelihood of some type of lame-duck session. "I ...

Some Republicans restless over spending stalemate

September 12, 2002 A handful of senior Republicans expressed growing anxiety over the House's stalemate on fiscal 2003 appropriations bills at Thursday's GOP Conference meeting, telling Republican leaders to get the ball rolling again-or be ready to accept the political consequences of Democrats labeling them the "do-nothing House." House Energy and Water Appropriations ...