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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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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