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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 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 …


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 …


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 …


Senate Splits With House Over Arms

After four days of closed-door sessions, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a 1996 authorizing bill that saves the much-disputed $1.5 billion third Seawolf submarine, limits the number of B-2 …


Gingrich Stacks Hanford Panel

House Speaker Newt Gingrich has picked a Tri-Cities Republican to lead a new task force on nuclear cleanup issues. Rep. Richard “Doc” Hastings of Pasco will head the 15-member House …


Judge Whaley Wins Federal Court Post

The U.S. Senate on Friday approved the nomination of Judge Robert Whaley to U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, Sens. Patty Murray and Slade Gorton said. Whaley, a Spokane County …


House Panel Oks Bank Reform Bill

After a grueling debate, the House Banking Committee approved a broad deregulation bill Thursday that would exempt many banks from a major fair-lending law and permit banks to buy insurance …


House, Senate Pass Gop Budget-Balancing Plan Republicans Now Have To Battle White House To Pass Deep Spending Cuts, Tax Breaks

Weary but triumphant, Republicans Thursday won passage in both the House and Senate of their sweeping blue-print to balance the budget by 2002 while slashing $245 billion in taxes. But …


Texan Latest Democrat To Become Republican He’ll Take New Seat Created On Ways And Means Committee

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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …