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Senate panel rejects move to loosen civil service protections

July 24, 2002 Debate in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on a proposal to create a Department of Homeland Security moved swiftly Wednesday morning, until senators took up the controversial issue of civil service protections for employees who would work in the new department. The committee voted 10-7 to defeat an amendment offered...

Bush urges waiver of civil service rules in homeland department

July 22, 2002 President Bush urged Monday that the head of the proposed Department of Homeland Security be allowed to waive certain civil service protections for employees who are shifted into the new department. "The new secretary of Homeland Security must have the freedom and the flexibility, to be able to get the...

Administration defends request for waiver of civil service rules

July 16, 2002 A senior Bush administration official Tuesday urged Congress to grant the secretary of the new Homeland Security Department broad freedom to waive civil service laws-and underscored the White House's displeasure with a vote by a House committee last week to reject that request. Kay Coles James, director of the Office...

Bush urges House lawmakers to increase debt ceiling

June 25, 2002 As House and Senate leaders remain at a standoff on how to address a debt limit increase, President Bush Tuesday wrote House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., urging him and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., "to show the same spirit of bipartisan cooperation that Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.,...

House eyes creation of homeland security panel

June 19, 2002 House leaders plan to bring to the floor Wednesday a resolution that will establish an ad hoc committee charged with moving the Bush administration's proposal to create a Homeland Security Department through the legislative process. The Rules Committee met Tuesday to consider a rule for the resolution, although the measure...

Congress gets first look at Bush homeland security proposal

June 18, 2002 House leaders planned to gather Tuesday morning to meet with White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and receive the administration's proposal to overhaul the government and create a Homeland Security Department. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., and other House and Senate leaders were planning...

House leaders agree on plan for homeland security process

June 13, 2002 Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed on a bipartisan plan to move President Bush's proposal to create a new Homeland Security Department through the House on an expedited basis, Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., announced Thursday. Under the plan, the Government Reform Committee and other...

Senate in a hurry on homeland security bill

June 13, 2002 Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., are negotiating a fast-paced schedule for creating a new Homeland Security Department under a procedure that will give Senate Republicans and Democrats a chance to help shape the proposal. After a White House meeting Wednesday, Senate Democratic leaders...

Senate leader rejects debt ceiling increase on supplemental

June 12, 2002 A day after the Senate gave quick approval to a $450 billion debt limit increase, Democrats stepped up the heat on House Republicans Wednesday to follow suit and move a clean debt limit bill through the House. The House GOP leadership so far has been reluctant to do that, instead...

GOP leaders consider homeland security panel

June 12, 2002 House Republican leaders Tuesday appeared to be moving toward the creation of a select committee headed by House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas to consider President Bush's proposal for a new Homeland Security Department. However, GOP leaders emerged from a Tuesday leadership meeting emphasizing that House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.,...

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