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Senate Approves Whitewater Probe D’Amato, Sarbanes To Head First Such Committee Since Iran-Contra

With the cooperation of 42 Democrats, the Republican-dominated Senate voted Wednesday to establish a special committee to investigate the complex of issues surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton’s investments in the …


Clinton To Veto Spending Bill If Social Cuts Not Restored

President Clinton Wednesday vowed to veto a package of $16.4 billion in spending cuts in education, housing and environmental programs if Republicans don’t rewrite the bill to kill dozens of …


House Overhauls Clean Water Act; Clinton Veto Likely Bill Weakens Federal Role In Fighting Pollution

The House approved a sweeping overhaul of federal water pollution policy Tuesday, including easing wetlands protection and giving industry greater flexibility in complying with water quality standards. The Clinton administration …


Militias, Radical Abortion Foes May Be Linked

Two Democratic lawmakers and several abortion rights groups called Tuesday for congressional hearings into links between radical anti-abortion groups and militias that may threaten violence against abortion clinics. Rep. Charles …


Packwood Expects Gop To Fail To Block Vote On Foster Nomination

Sen. Bob Packwood said Sunday he would vote to confirm Dr. Henry Foster as U.S. surgeon general and predicted that an attempt by his fellow Republicans to block a vote …


Senate Republicans Win Vote On Budget Proposal Plan Cuts Scores Of Programs, Shrinks Hundreds More

GOP Chairman Pete V. Domenici Photo by Associated Press


Representative Creates Stir With Offensive Remark

A humdrum House debate over water pollution was disrupted Thursday when Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., declared that supporters of a pro-environment amendment were “the same people that would put …


Prospects Still Uncertain For Foster’s Confirmation

Prospects for surgeon general nominee Dr. Henry W. Foster’s confirmation continued to appear uncertain Thursday as leading Republican senators disagreed over whether the issue should be put to the full …


Gop Suffers A Stunning Blow On Civil Litigation System Reform Senate Blocks Passage Of Proposal To Limit Punitive Damages In All Civil Lawsuits

A rebellious Senate blocked passage of legislation Thursday to limit punitive damages in all civil lawsuits, dealing a stunning blow to Republican efforts to overhaul the nation’s civil litigation system. …


Senate Votes To Limit Punitive Damage Awards, But Proposal’s Fate In Doubt

A divided Senate voted Wednesday to limit punitive damage awards in all civil lawsuits, although the closeness of the vote left the proposal’s fate in doubt. Voting 51 to 49, …


Real Work On Budget Slows Gop Gingrich Admits Writing Legislation Is The Tough Part

Now comes the hard part. After barreling through the “Contract With America” in fewer than 100 days, the Republican-controlled House returns to the Capitol this week to begin writing legislation …


Environment Bill Rushed, Claim Demos

Senate Republicans muscled sweeping environmental changes through the Judiciary Committee on Thursday. In a brief but acrimonious session, Democrats and environmentalists charged the bill was being ramrodded. Chairman Orrin Hatch, …


Feds Move To Protect Bull Trout Forest Service Takes Action Despite Moratorium

A moratorium on new listings under the Endangered Species Act won’t keep the Forest Service from taking steps to protect the bull trout on national forests, Chief Jack Ward Thomas …


Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gorton Senator Had Industry Lawyers Help With Bill To Weaken Endangered Species Act

Sen. Slade Gorton is accused of relying on industry lobbyists in drafting legislation. Photo by Associated Press


Saccharin Maker Admits Illegal Campaign Contributions Politicians Benefited From Company’s Effort To Keep Suspected Carcinogen On Market

The manufacturers of the artificial sweetener Sweet ‘N Low pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that they had fraudulently avoided the limits on campaign contributions in an effort to keep …


Senator Mixes Up India And Pakistan

When Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan visited the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Jesse Helms mistakenly introduced her as the leader of India, her country’s neighbor and rival. “The Foreign …


Torricelli May Lose Panel Seat For Guatemala Leak Gingrich Said To Be Considering Removal Of New Jersey Democrat From House Intelligence Committee

House Speaker Newt Gingrich is considering removing Rep. Robert Torricelli from the House Intelligence Committee for releasing classified information about CIA involvement in Guatemala, officials said Thursday. Gingrich declined to …


Newt Gingrich: King Of The Hill But If Polls Are Any Indicator, House Speaker Has Yet To Sway Public

Newt Gingrich, celebrating his role last January, has brought single-minded attention to his task as speaker. File/Associated Press


Senate Reaches Compromise On Spending Cuts Republicans Add To Cuts To Pay For California Quake Relief, Deficit Reduction

Breaking more than a week of partisan stalemate on the eve of a two-week Easter recess, the Senate late Thursday approved a $16 billion package of spending cuts to help …


What Others Have To Say …

THE LEFT: … And all of this (House budget cuts) amounts to a savings of less than 1 percent in the federal budget. … Disparity in income is causing increasingly …


First 100 Days All Smoke And Mirrors Con ‘Contract’ Gop Hasn’t Passed Big Items.

People abandon their institutions slowly. It took nearly 50 years for the Democratic Party to alienate the middle class. But finally in 1980 many Democrats decided their party no longer …


Local Lawmakers Hail Speedy Work

Helen Chenoweth had her doubts when she signed the “Contract With America” during last fall’s campaign, the Idaho Republican representative admitted Thursday. She believed proposals such as term limits, a …


Compromise Helps Tax-Cut Bill Outlook Gop Group Convinces Leaders To Tie Trims To Deficit Reduction

House Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed with dissident Republicans on Monday to loosely tie his treasured tax-relief legislation to future reductions in the federal deficit, removing a big barrier to passage …


Republicans Divided Over Tax Cut

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Debate Intensifies Over Gop’s First 100 Days Gingrich, In A Coup, Gets TV To Cover His Address; Democrats Plan A Campaign To Counter It

Strap on your seat belts: The spinning is beginning. The first 100 days of Republican control of Congress may not end until April 13, but both parties are launching a …


Salvage Logging Amendment Provokes Debate Rush To Remove Timber Could Hurt Recreation, Critics Contend

Environmentalists watching the U.S. Senate approval of salvage timber cutting warn recreationists will be pushed out of the forest by logging trucks. Timber-industry representatives, though, said Thursday’s approval of an …


Senate Revisits Gridlock Gop, Democrats Stuck Over Cuts, Bailout And Tax Loopholes

With just one week to go before the clock runs out on the GOP’s first 100-day agenda, the Senate skidded to a bitterly partisan halt Friday, its debate over spending …


Amendment Takes Aim At Right-To-Know Law

A GOP senator wants to muzzle the law that tells the public what toxic chemicals are used or released in their communities. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi has proposed an …


Term Limits Backers Blast Gop Loss Not Unexpected, But Advocates Say Leadership Didn’t Even Exert Pressure

House Speaker Newt Gingrich: a planned failure? Photo by Associated Press


Demos Try To Undo Program Cuts Senate Near Vote On Gop Plan That Would Cut $15 Billion

Democrats launched a long-shot bid to rescue $1.3 billion in education and children’s initiatives Thursday as the Senate neared passage of a Republican plan slicing $15 billion from social programs. …