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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 …


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 …


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


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


Democrats Let Gop Have Its Way

House Republicans pushed their “Contract With America” tax cuts through the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday after Democrats declared the package hopelessly flawed and abandoned efforts to change it. …


Lawsuit Limits Could Squelch Valid Claims Consumer Groups Say Big Corporations Would Benefit Most

If the House of Representatives has its way, people like the Florida man whose doctor mistakenly amputated the wrong foot would get no more than $250,000 for their pain and …


Gop Says It Will Fulfill ‘Contract With America’ Before April 13 House Members To Get A Break From Breakneck Pace

Having bogged down on their efforts to pass a constitutional amendment limiting the number of years lawmakers can serve, House leaders will take a break this week on their “Contract …


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 …


House Votes To Limit Malpractice Damages

In a long-sought victory for the nation’s doctors, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday night to limit pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases to $250,000. On a …


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

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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. …


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 …


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 …