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Parties Swap Stances On Law Enforcement Republicans Bash Lawmen, While Democrats Defend Rights Violations

Rep. Howard Coble was fuming. “I’m trying my darnedest to keep my composure,” he said during the Waco hearings. An angry acquaintance had approached the North Carolina congressman and said, …


Fbi Studied Every Aspect Of Waco Plan, Potts Says Officials Say That Safety Was Their Foremost Concern

FBI official Larry Potts is sworn in before testifying Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Nussbaum Ignored Note, Witnesses Say Republicans Try To Confirm Whitewater Tampering Suspicions

Charman Alfonse D’Amato Photo by Associated Press


Dole’s Bill Targets Affirmative Action

Joining a growing national movement, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole distanced himself Thursday from his longstanding support of affirmative action and introduced a bill that would outlaw dozens of federal …


France And Britain Threaten To Remove Troops In Bosnia Muslim Nations Applaud Senate Vote To Lift The Arms Embargo

British troops, armed with a 105 mm artillery piece, dig in on Mount Igman. Photo by Associated Press


Big Book Deal Is Defended By Gingrich

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Clinton Signs Social Program Cuts Gop Launches New Attacks On Ecology, Housing Funds

President Clinton signed $16.3 billion in social-program cuts Thursday in a compromise with Congress, and won another victory as the House overwhelmingly voted to protect the administration-backed space station from …


Despite Helms, Ryan White Act Extended

Over strenuous objections from Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a five-year extension of the Ryan White Act, which provides medical care and support services for …


Senate Votes To Lift Embargo Clinton’s Bosnia Policy Is Dealt A Severe Vote Of No Confidence

Bosnian Ambassador Sven Alkalaj, second from left, meets with Sens. Bob Dole, John Warner and Joseph Lieberman after Wednesday’s vote. Photo by Associated Press


Timber Retraining, Fish Money Survive Senate Panel Moratorium On Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling Would Be Continued

The government would continue to spend millions of dollars retraining timber workers in the Pacific Northwest, but the Clinton administration would have to provide a better accounting of the program …


Officer Insists Foster Files Taken But White House Aide Adamant She Took Nothing On Night Of Death

1. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Margaret Williams, is sworn in. Photo by Associated Press 2. Secret Service Officer Henry P. O’Neill is sworn in before testifying. Photo by …


Hearings Focus On Foster’s Office

In a second round of hearings into Whitewater, Senate Republicans will try to cast doubt on presidential aides’ assertions that they didn’t tamper with documents in the office of White …


Fires Of Waco Still Burn Eight Days Of Hearings To Probe Federal Agents’ Handling Of Bloody Standoff

1. Return to Armageddon The Branch Davidian compound burns near Waco, Texas, in this FBI aerial photo taken April 19, 1993. File photos/Associated Press 2. ATF agents comfort a fellow …


White House Says Nra Tainting Waco Hearings Gun Lobby Accused Of Subverting Investigation

The White House on Monday said the House hearings beginning Wednesday on the 1993 siege near Waco, Texas, in which 84 people died, were in danger of being “subverted” because …


Endowment Budget Cuts Voted Down In The House House Begins A Week Of Battle Over Spending

The House rebuffed a conservative attempt Monday to slash the National Endowment for the Arts by another $10 million despite complaints that it supported a California theater whose gay-oriented performances …


Don’t Gut Species Act, Smith Says Why Encourage Clinton Veto? Asks Conservative Lawmaker

The House task force on the Endangered Species Act shouldn’t waste its time with proposals to gut the wildlife law, because they are sure to draw President Clinton’s veto pen, …


House Votes To Close Bureau Of Mines Two Spokane Offices Already Threatened By Budget Cuts; Issue Goes To Conference Committee

A House of Representatives vote to close the 85-year-old Bureau of Mines late Thursday could be the final blow to two Spokane bureau offices that already were threatened with the …


Boxer Threatens Senate Vote On Hearings

Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday that if the Ethics Committee fails to act by the end of next week, she would force the Senate to vote on conducting hearings in …


House Bill Cuts $184 Million From Hanford Cleanup Lawmakers Also Target Yucca Mountain, Long-Term Nuclear Waste Repository

The House on Wednesday moved to reign in spending to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and other Department of Energy sites and approved legislation cutting $742 million from DOE’s …


House Vote Saves Inel Research

Research at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory is important to the proper management and disposal of spent nuclear fuel, Rep. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, says. The House voted 266-155 on Tuesday …


Bitter Debate Postpones Abortion Vote Proposed Bill Would Make Late-Term Abortions A Crime

The House Judiciary Committee was forced by a lengthy, often bitter debate Wednesday to wait until next week to act on a bill making it a crime for doctors to …


Gop Wants Clinton’s Waco Notes

Congressional Republicans investigating the FBI raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, are insisting the White House hand over confidential documents, including President Clinton’s handwritten notes and other …


Women Senators Back Packwood Hearings Five Of Eight Women In Senate Sign Letter Urging Public Investigation Of Sexual And Official Misconduct Charges

Five of the eight women in the Senate, including one Republican, have called for public hearings into the accusations of sexual and official misconduct against Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore. “We …


Clinton: Gop Wrong On Welfare Says Move To Deny Assistance To Teen Moms Holds All Reform Hostage

President Clinton accused conservative Republican senators Saturday of trying to hold welfare reform hostage to extreme political views in demanding that unwed teen mothers be denied assistance. “This approach would …


Gop Plan Guts Key Provision Of Superfund Industry Would Be Exempt From Cleaning Up Pre-1980 Sites

Congressional Republicans, stepping up a drive to reshape U.S. environmental policy, have proposed repealing a key component of the nation’s hazardous waste cleanup law that requires industry and other private-sector …


Bold Tax Plan Offered By Richard Gephardt

A leading Democrat joined the tax-cutting debate Thursday, unveiling a bold plan that would slash the top federal income-tax rate for three out of four Americans to 10 percent and …


Hearing Will Focus On Foster Papers

Senate Whitewater hearings are scheduled to begin July 18 with a focus on whether White House officials improperly handled Vincent Foster’s papers after the attorney’s suicide. There will be further …


Simplifying Tax Laws Goal Of Hearings Lawmakers Will Consider Some 230 Proposals

A charitable deduction for non-itemizers, a child-care credit for overnight summer camp expenses and repeal of the gasguzzler tax on stretch limousines are among the 230 tax provisions House lawmakers …


Environmentalists Green With Anger Support For Bill Allowing Salvage Logging Called ‘Evil Betrayal’

Stunned environmentalists Friday accused President Clinton of the ultimate sellout by agreeing to a budget-cutting bill that suspends logging laws. “President Clinton … is responsible for the most evil betrayal …


Two Liberals Stall Spending Cuts Bill Senators Claim Too Much Cut From Programs For The Poor

In another display of division between President Clinton and congressional Democrats, two liberal senators on Friday stalled a White House-backed compromise to cut more than $16 billion from current federal …