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House Republicans Unveil Tax-Cut Plan But Opposition Mounts In Deficit-Conscious Senate

The House’s chief tax writer, defying growing Senate Republican opposition, Thursday unveiled nearly $200 billion in tax cuts that closely track those in the GOP’s “Contract with America.” Republican Rep. …


System’s Checks, Balances Do Work Con-Tort Reform It Will Cast Chill Over Valid Suits.

Republicans rolled into town this year promising to make things better for the average citizen. They scoffed at Beltway insiders, sneered at the media elite, hammered away at the injustices …


Nethercutt To Head Farm Bill Panel Task Force To Examine Changes To Agricultural Appropriations

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House Passes Bill To Reduce Lawsuits Measure Requires Loser To Pay Part Of Legal Fees, Caps Damages

Forging ahead with the GOP’s agenda, the House on Tuesday passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would require losers to pay part of the legal fees in …


Ag Panel Rejects Plan To Let States Oversee Food Stamps

The House Agriculture Committee rejected an effort Tuesday by some Republicans to include food stamps in the welfare programs that House GOP leaders want to turn over to the states. …


Newt Likes ‘I Forgot’ Alibi For Fraud

An investor buys securities that turn out to be worthless. He sues for fraud, showing that the seller omitted critical facts in describing the offer. In court, the seller says …


House Debates Civil Suit Reforms Corporations, Lawyers Battle Over Easing Of Liability Laws

Marching into the more controversial reaches of the “Contract With America,” the Republican-controlled House argued Monday over business-backed legislation to alter the civil legal system. “Simply too extreme,” the White …


Gop Senators Seek Punishment Session

Some conservative Republican senators prepared Monday to force a meeting of GOP lawmakers to discuss punishing Sen. Mark Hatfield for casting the decisive vote last week against the balanced-budget amendment. …


Senate Likely To Give Gop Pause ‘We Didn’t Sign On To Any Contract Over Here’

The Senate’s defeat of the balanced-budget amendment - arguably the most popular part of the House Republicans’ Contract With America - could signal serious trouble for the rest of the …


Senator Jumps Ship, Joins Gop

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell Photo by Associated Press


Balanced Budget Amendment Defeated Republicans Blame Clinton For One-Vote Loss, Vow To Bring It To Vote Again

Bob Dole


Senate Votes Today On Balanced Budget Support For Amendment Is `Still Squishy,’ Democratic Aide Says

1. The unannounced: Sens. John Breaux, Byron Dorgan, Kent Conrad, Wendell Ford and Sam Nunn, left to right, have declined to say how they will vote today. Photo by Associated …


House Votes For Moratorium On Regulations; Veto Threatened Bill Is Part Of Broad Anti-Regulatory Campaign By Republican Majority

The House of Representatives voted Friday to freeze most new federal regulations for the rest of the year, with Republicans and Democrats arguing to the debate’s bitter end over whether …


House Roll Call

Here is how Northwest representative voted on the bill to freeze federal government regulations:


Congressman Attacks Bilingual Education

A bill that would make English the national language and end all federal programs that promote bilingualism was introduced Tuesday by a New York congressman. “Bilingual education is perhaps the …


Western Lawmakers Want To Relax Logging Restrictions Republicans Say New Rules Would Reduce Fire Risk, Allow Harvest Of Dead Wood

Western Republicans proposed legislation Thursday that would exempt some logging in national forests from environmental rules to help reduce fire risk and allow recovery of dead wood before it rots. …


Democrats Could Derail Balanced Budget Measure Packwood Says Amendment Has 50-50 Chance Of Passage

Key Senate Republicans said Friday that support for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget is eroding among Democrats and conceded that it probably has no better than a 50-50 …


House Oks Balanced Budget Amendment A Provision Requiring A Three-Fifths Majority To Raise Taxes Fails

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution by 2002, making good on perhaps the most the far-reaching promise in the Republicans’ “Contract With …


Lawyers Hired In Feinstein Race

The Senate Rules Committee has hired two lawyers to consider a challenge to the seating of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Feinstein was seated in the Senate last week after defeating …


Gingrich Reconsiders Cutting Immigrant Benefits Speaker Takes Another Look At Section Of Gop’s ‘Contract With America’

Surprising even members of his own party, House Speaker Newt Gingrich Monday said Republicans should reconsider a portion of their “Contract With America” that would deny welfare benefits to most …