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Report Fuels Push By Gop To Dump Vaccine Program

Republican members of Congress say they intend to dismantle a federal program that distributes free vaccine to millions of children in view of a new report from congressional auditors who …


Republicans Cozy Up To Clinton Gingrich Says They May Use Parts Of President’s Budget Plan

In the most conciliatory of tones, Republicans summoned White House officials to the Capitol Wednesday to discuss President Clinton’s budget-balancing proposal. They said they might use some of it in …


Panel Rejects Food Stamp Block Grants

The Senate Agriculture Committee rejected appeals from Republican governors to convert food stamps into block grants to states Wednesday, voting instead to preserve the federal program that helps needy Americans …


Senate Moves To Ban On-Line Obscenity Civil Libertarians Say Law Would Chill Evolving Industry

The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to ban “obscene” material from computer on-line services, such as the worldwide network called the Internet. In an 84-16 vote, the lawmakers approved the …


House Approves Reviving The B-2 Stealth Bomber

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to revive the B-2 Stealth bomber with a new order for 20 more of the planes despite objections from the Clinton administration and the …


Lunch Programs Compared

A look at how Republican-sponsored legislation passed by the House would change the national school lunch program: How program works now: All children at public and non-profit private schools are …


Gorton: Bpa Sale Not Going To Happen Washington Senator Says House Plan Won’t Fly In Senate, No One Would Want To Buy Debt-Ridden Power Supplier

Sen. Slade Gorton says a plan drafted by several House Republicans to sell the Bonneville Power Administration won’t be taken seriously in the Senate. “With its high costs and heavy …


House Chops Foreign Aid; Clinton Promises A Veto

Foreign aid would be cut sharply and three key foreign policy agencies dismantled under a bill approved Thursday by the House. President Clinton called the measure isolationist and said he …


Fruitless Salmon Spending Faulted House Panel Member Questions Outlay On ‘Feel-Good Things’

The federal government is spending billions of dollars to save Northwest salmon from extinction but has little to show for the money, several Republican lawmakers said Thursday. Reps. John Doolittle, …


Bank Reform Talks Break Down Lack Of Insurance Compromise Blamed For Collapse

Extensive negotiations to permit banks to affiliate with insurance companies collapsed Thursday, the chairman of the House Commerce Committee said, casting uncertainty over a major bank reform bill. Rep. Thomas …


Senate Approves Anti-Terrorism Bill Republicans Include Limits On Appeals By Inmates On Death Row

The Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a Republican version of President Clinton’s counterterrorism bill that includes the most stringent curbs ever imposed by Congress on appeals by death row inmates. The …


Senate To Let Military Fight Domestic Terror

As part of its proposed antiterrorism package, the Senate on Tuesday night agreed to loosen a 117-year-old law that limits the military’s involvement in domestic law enforcement. Under the amendment …


Nethercutt Wants To Ax Land Study Congressman: Cut Funds For Eastside Ecosystem Project

Fearing costly and stifling new regulations, a congressman from Spokane wants to slash the budget for a massive federal land study due out next year. U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., …


Talk Of Flat Tax In Congress Leveling Muni Bond Market

Proposals to simplify the U.S. tax system have been complicating life for investors in municipal bonds and municipal bond funds. While prices of most other types of bonds have rallied …


Senate Panel Votes To Let States Run Welfare Plan Ends Guarantee Of Aid For The Poor

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Chenoweth Foe Files

Boise Democrat Dan Williams hopes his early entry into the race against U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, will discourage other Democrats from joining the field. The 33-year-old lawyer filed candidacy …


Foster Faces Floor Fight In Senate Committee Oks Nomination, But Gramm Vows Filibuster

A Senate committee approved Henry Foster’s nomination as surgeon general Friday as Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas renewed his intention to block the appointment with a Senate filibuster. The 9-7 …


Workers Plan Rally Before Field Hearing

Paper mill workers and their allies plan to rally the troops for a June 3 parade in Lewiston as a prelude to a Senate subcommittee field hearing on the Endangered …


Lawmakers Predict Economic Hardship

Western Republicans warned President Clinton on Thursday he will bring further economic hardship to timber communities and exacerbate fire threats on national forests if he vetoes a spending bill that …


Senate Approves Rescession Bill; Clinton Again Promises To Veto It

Bob Dole


Flag-Burning Measure Revived By House Panel Earlier Attempt To Override Court Decision Failed In ‘90

Reviving a proposal the House rejected five years ago, a House subcommittee voted on Thursday for a constitutional amendment against desecration of the American flag. The proposal, approved 7 to …


Senate Spurns House Plan To Cut Taxes Presidential Politics Enter Budget Debate

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Proponents Of Term Limits Vow To Make It Major Issue In ‘96

The Supreme Court’s rejection of state-imposed federal term limits, coming on the heels of the House’s defeat of a constitutional amendment to impose limits on members of Congress, leaves advocates …


Packwood Hearings Must Be In The Open

You be the boss. You’ve got this guy in your office who’s smart, hard-working, liked by just about everybody. Trouble is: He sometimes drinks too much and then likes to …


Gramm Trying To Set Up Dole On Tax Cut Promise Republican Presidential Hopeful Using Budget Debate To Jockey For Position

Taking aim at the GOP presidential front-runner, Texas Sen. Phil Gramm said Saturday he saw “no evidence” that Bob Dole was committed to adding tax cuts to the Senate’s balanced …


Car Dealers Seeking Help From Congress Sellers Say Proposed Tariff Would Force Many To Close

Sellers of Japanese luxury cars are asking Congress to prevent U.S. sanctions against their products, contending the trade action would put many of them out of business and endanger 81,000 …


Crapo Supports Bill To Open Waste Dump New Mexico Site Would House Waste Currently Stored At Inel

Republican Congressmen Michael Crapo of Idaho and Joe Skeen of New Mexico have introduced legislation to speed up the opening of the New Mexico dump for low-level-but-long-lasting radioactive waste. “We …


Officials Feel Pressure Of Reforms Plans To Dismantle Welfare Could Shift Burden To Cities

Republican plans to dismantle federal welfare programs threaten to put new pressures on local property taxes if the burden of caring for poor Americans is shifted to cities and counties, …


Chenoweth Takes Hits From Congressmen Her Federal Agent Permission Bill Called ‘Loony Concept’

U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth’s idea for requiring federal law enforcement agents to get written permission from county sheriffs before taking action is “an absolutely loony concept,” a New York congressman …


Clinton Veto To Keep Logs In The Forest Emergency Timber Provision Doubles Harvest

Not since his Portland timber summit two years ago has President Clinton been hailed by Northwest conservationists and forest activists. Until Wednesday. Private mumblings about Clinton’s broken promises of environmental …