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Debt vote shows freshmen Dem concerns

February 5, 2010 As Democrats face growing tension between their legislative and campaign demands, Thursday's House vote to approve a $1.9 trillion increase in the federal debt ceiling underscored the dilemmas that lie ahead in this campaign year and how party leaders will seek to accommodate them. It was no surprise that the...

Lawmaker adds support to Guantanamo replacement in Illinois

November 19, 2009 Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., endorsed the controversial proposed maximum-security prison for Illinois, with a snipe at Republican critics and an endorsement of its major job-creation benefits. "I refuse to be part of the fear factor," Hare said Wednesday. "I prefer that we talk about getting people to work. ... I...

Dems may repeal term limits for House chairs

January 5, 2009 House Democrats tentatively plan to repeal term limits for committee chairmanships when the 111th Congress convenes on Tuesday, according to senior House aides. The result would remove one of the signature reforms from the 12-year House Republican rule and likely would cause angry debate during the usually ceremonial opening day...

Waxman to vie for energy panel leadership

November 5, 2008 Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is challenging Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., for the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I began making calls this morning to members and I informed Chairman Dingell that I am running for chairman," Waxman told National Journal on Wednesday. Waxman has long been...

Democrats solidify hold on Congress

November 5, 2008 Democrats rolled up sizable election gains in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, which should give a boost to President-elect Barack Obama. In winning new seats in both chambers, the party added to the significant increases that it scored in 2006, when it regained control of Congress. The result...

Plotting an Endgame

September 9, 2008 After back-to-back national conventions that captured the attention of much of the electorate, the presidential race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain remains a puzzle. Despite the public's deep dissatisfaction with President Bush, his party's standard-bearer remains very much in contention. When Democratic operatives look at the national...

Obama camp steering clear of transition talk

August 28, 2008 The congressional Democratic superdelegates are mostly on board the Obama train, based on their rhetoric and activities in Denver this week. But a growing divide has become apparent with the top brass of the nominee's campaign. Many Democratic lawmakers are eager to plan for the transition to what they hope...

Key Democrat discusses priorities for government oversight

September 14, 2006 Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., may have a reputation as an aggressive -- and often partisan -- government watchdog. But as he discussed his potential chairmanship next year of the House Government Reform Committee, during a recent interview with National Journal, he didn't exactly sound like a pit bull. Sure, Waxman...

New House overseer takes cautious approach to Homeland Security

October 6, 2005 Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican descended from Irish police officers, says he knows what it's like to live in a city under attack. More than 100 of King's friends and constituents perished at the World Trade Center on 9/11, and he has written a controversial novel, Vale of...

Congress to hold special session on Katrina relief

September 1, 2005 The Senate and House will convene in extraordinary special sessions Thursday evening and Friday afternoon to approve emergency funding to Gulf Coast states that have been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Senate plans to approve the spending in a session tentatively set for 10 p.m. this evening, according to a...

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