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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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


Bill Would Limit Indian-Owned Casinos, Lotteries Sponors Of Legislation Say It Would ‘Simply Provide Equity’

Indian-owned gambling casinos and other gaming operations would be curtailed under legislation introduced Tuesday. Reps. Gerald Solomon, R.-N.Y., and Robert Torricelli, D.-N.J., said their bill was “corrective legislation” aimed at …


Chenoweth Drops Support For Cap On Tax Credit

U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth has backed away from calling on the House to limit a $500-per-child tax credit to families making less than $95,000 a year because Republican leaders oppose …


Term Limits? Don’t Count On It Lacking Votes For An Amendment, Lawmakers Are Already At Work On Who’ll Get The Blame

Anticipating defeat on a critical tenet of their “Contract With America,” House Republicans hope to reap credit for holding a vote on term limits while blaming Democrats for the measure’s …


Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Iraq

The Senate approved a resolution Tuesday condemning Iraq’s imprisonment of two Americans and urged President Clinton to “take all appropriate action to assure their prompt release.” The resolution, which passed …


Opposition Builds Against Gorton Logging Plan Sens. Murray And Baucus, Scientists And Academics Rip Legislation To Exempt Salvage Logging From Environmental Laws

Scientists and academics criticized Tuesday a proposal to exempt salvage logging of national forests from U.S. environmental laws, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said he would oppose the measure. Professors …


Chenoweth Promises To Fight Tribal Lottery

U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, said Tuesday she will continue to support the legislation aimed at blocking the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s proposed National Indian Lottery, despite the tribe’s offer to …


Line-Item Veto May Head For Showdown In The Courts

The line-item veto, on track for congressional passage and President Clinton’s signature, appears a sure bet for one more challenge - in court. “Breathtaking in its questionable constitutionality” is how …


Gop Tax Package Rocked By Threat Of Defections Moderate Republicans Join Democrats In Opposition

A coalition of moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats vowed Friday to block passage of the House GOP’s $188 billion tax package unless the tax cuts are linked to progress on …


House Passes Sweeping Welfare Package Bill Would End New Deal Promise Of Benefits To Anyone In Need

The House passed a welfare bill Friday that the Congressional Budget Office says will wipe out all or part of the benefits for as many as 12.8 million families. The …


Bill Requires Parents’ Consent For Youth Surveys

A bill approved Thursday by a House committee would require parental consent before federal agencies survey youngsters on sexual, political or religious issues. Rep. William Clinger Jr., R-Pa., chairman of …


Welfare Debate Rule Splits Gop Close Vote Could Mean Republican Control Of Overhaul Not As Tight As Believed

A furious debate over abortion sundered the ranks of House Republicans Wednesday, but party leaders ultimately prevailed by a slender margin in the first major vote on their bill to …


Senator Retreats From Cap On Hanford Funds But Lawmakers Say That Spending Will Be Cut And Tri-Party Agreement Junked

Sen. J. Bennett Johnston backed off a proposal to cap funding for Hanford cleanup at about half current levels. But the Louisiana Democrat and other members of the Senate Energy …


Securities Reforms Could Backfire Some Lawmakers Say Proposals Threaten Middle Class Investors

A far-reaching bill to limit class-action securities fraud lawsuits, which raced through the House with broad support, faces major surgery in the Senate, several Senators said Wednesday. Critics sharpened their …


Gop’s Welfare Plan

Key elements of the Republicans’ five-year welfare overhaul plan, which would save $66 billion over five years: Aid to immigrants: Bars most legal immigrants from receiving food stamps, non-emergency health …


House Starts To Dismantle Welfare Demos Attack Gop Plan As Cruel To Children

The House of Representatives on Tuesday took up sweeping legislation that would dismantle many elements of the social welfare systems put in place by the federal government over the past …


Republicans Win Support, But Not For Tax Cuts

With the symbolic 100-day milestone approaching, Americans give qualified approval to the new Republican Congress, although they remain dubious of GOP plans for sweeping tax cuts, a Los Angeles Times …


Gop Split On Tax Breaks For Wealthy Moderates Want Tax Credit To Go Only To Families Who Earn Less Than $95,000

In the first big revolt against the new GOP leadership, nearly half the House Republicans urged Tuesday that the “Contract With America” be revamped to reduce proposed tax breaks for …


Gorton Wants Logging Quotas

Logging levels projected for this year and next in national forests with northern spotted owls would become mandatory minimums insulated from lawsuits under a proposal Sen. Slade Gorton offered Tuesday. …


Priority Is To Cut Deficit, Gop Senator Says Oregonian Says House Gop’s Tax Cut Plan Likely To Die In Senate

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Chenoweth Seeks Gun Control For Feds Agents Would Be Required To Get Local Permission To Carry Arms

Rep. Helen Chenoweth holds Boise hearing on “excessive” federal force. Photo by Joe Relk/The Spokesman-Review


Demos Made Parting Such Sweet Sorrow Lawmakers Handed Out Thousands To Laid-Off Aides

In the final month before they relinquished control to Republicans, House Democrats handed out hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra pay to employees being squeezed out of work. The …


House Approves Cuts; More To Come Rancor Erupts Over Whether Savings Will Go To Deficit Or Tax Cuts

House Republicans began their promised assault on the federal budget in earnest Thursday by approving $17.1 billion in cuts to current domestic spending and recommending another $100 billion they want …


Lawsuit Lotto Hurting Economy

Several years ago, while shopping at my local supermarket, I slipped on a wet spot on the floor. My hip ached for days. More than one fellow shopper asked if …


Murray Rips Gop Tactics On Species Act

Two Western Democrats charged Thursday that Republicans launched a sneak attack on the Endangered Species Act by voting to slash $1.5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget. …