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House to vote on aviation security measure next week

October 25, 2001 Bolstered by a letter of support that President Bush sent to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., today, House GOP leaders scheduled a vote on their version of an aviation security bill for next Wednesday. "This is later than we should have been to get this bill on the floor," said ...

White House wants House aviation security bill passed soon

October 24, 2001 The White House signaled Tuesday that it wants a House aviation security bill passed quickly so that the decision on whether to federalize airport security workers can be worked out in conference committee. Vice President Dick Cheney told House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, and House Majority Whip Tom Delay, ...

Sweeps continue as House, Senate prepare to return

October 22, 2001 Health officials continued conducting an environmental sweep of House and Senate office buildings today to look for traces of anthrax, as officials focus on people and facilities associated with Capitol mail delivery. House and Senate leaders, in consultation with health and security officials, are expected to decide later today whether ...

Congress still divided on issue of federalizing airport security

October 3, 2001 The Senate this afternoon tried to take up the aviation security bill offered by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., and ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., but Republicans objected, halting action on the bill. Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said that while he and the Bush administration would ...

Final census report stirs a bit of controversy

October 1, 2001 Republican members of the Census Monitoring Board made public Monday their final report on the 2000 decennial census--but because the board's mandate and funding expired Sunday, House Democrats said today GOP board members have no authority to issue the report and already are calling for a General Accounting Office investigation. ...

Senate seeks to finish work on defense authorization

September 27, 2001 The Senate next week will try to complete action on the fiscal 2002 defense authorization bill, which hit a snag this week when Republicans tried to offer energy amendments in an effort to win assurances from Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., that he would bring up broad energy legislation later ...

House prepares for action on Defense, spending bills

September 19, 2001 When the House returns Thursday, Republican leaders hope to take up a number of bills, including fiscal 2002 appropriations measures that were put aside while Congress responded to last week's terrorist crisis. The House, scheduled to be in session Thursday and Friday, will likely take up defense authorization legislation Thursday ...

Senate passes legislation authorizing Bush to retaliate

September 14, 2001 The Senate today by a vote of 98-0 passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against those responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The resolution was a result of bipartisan congressional negotiations with the administration that continued until this morning. "In ...

Senate votes to condemn attacks

September 12, 2001 Both houses of Congress reconvened Wednesday, moving toward passage of a strongly worded resolution condemning Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington that also offered condolences for the victims and promised retribution against those responsible. In a show of unity, congressional leaders emerged together Wednesday afternoon from the ...

Leadership safe, but Congressional schedule uncertain

September 12, 2001 Congress cancelled all its scheduled activities in the wake of terrorist attacks Tuesday, and it was not immediately clear when work on Capitol Hill would return to normal. A senior Republican leadership aide said he expected Congress would not be in session for "the next few days." The aide added ...