Congress

As the Session Winds Down, Sniping Rises on Capitol Hill

Congress is winding down, which is causing the partisanship to be ratcheted up.

The Senate ground to a halt on Friday in a wave of political recriminations as Democrats accused the Republican majority and the White House of treating them arrogantly and dismissively. Republicans, in turn, demanded a formal apology for a Democratic memorandum they said reeked of trying to politicize the inquiry into how intelligence was used in the buildup to the Iraq war.

Rejection of 'Earmarks' Angers Democrats

GOP Subcommittee Chairman Says He Won't Honor Party's Projects in Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Dan Morgan and Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the House's second-ranking Democrat, hoped to use funds from a $138 billion spending bill now before Congress to upgrade the computer system at St. Mary's College of Maryland, modernize laboratories at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and support a nonprofit group that repairs the homes of poor, elderly and disabled Marylanders.

Crashing the Party

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2003

Contact:Mark Wegner and April Fulton

National Journal

   To hear congressional Democrats tell it, this is the beginning of the end of democracy. Republicans hold only slim majorities in the House and the Senate, yet when it comes to the task of writing legislation, they tend to keep it to themselves.
Democrats can do little but complain. And complain they have, with increasing frequency in recent weeks.

Partisan rancor stalls forests bill

    Republicans are accusing Senate Democrats of using "a new tool of obstruction" to stall legislation designed to prevent the kinds of wildfires that devastated Southern California last month.

    The Democrats have refused to agree to routine appointments to a forest bill conference committee, saying they have been snubbed in the current Medicare and energy-bill conferences.

For Senate, It’s Nov. 21 or Bust

Senate leaders told rank-and-file Members on Tuesday that the Veterans Day holiday has been canceled and a five-day workweek would be instituted for the remainder of the session, as Nov. 21 has now been officially identified as the new target day for adjournment.

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Don’t Take Civility Out of the House Appropriations Panel

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Norman Ornstein

Roll Call

When I came to Washington, one of the first lawmakers I met was Rep. George Mahon (D), a tall, taciturn Texan who was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. I was awed.

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Dems angry over GOP relations in the House

Enraged House Democrats say that bipartisan relations in the House — especially regarding joint House-Senate conferences — have reached an all-time low, far worse than when they controlled Congress for 40 years.

But they conceded that their anger is not necessarily registering with either voters or the media and vowed to be strategic in how they stage their public outrage.

Senate Republicans Weighing New Tactics to Advance Bills to Conference

Escalating a partisan dispute, Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are weighing procedural tactics to override Democratic efforts to prevent two bills from advancing to House-Senate conferences.

Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said Tuesday that if he could not reach agreement with Democratic leaders to proceed to conference on the "Healthy Forests" Act (HR 1904), he would urge Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to file a motion to shut off debate on a motion to appoint conferees to negotiate the final legislation.

US House passes aviation bill as Democrats object

For Immediate Release:

October 30, 2003

Contact:John Crawley

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $60 billion aviation bill on Thursday after Democrats fought a losing battle to preserve a proposed ban on the expansion of air traffic privatization.

The 211-to-207 vote along party lines sent the measure to the Senate. It capped a day of rarely used procedural moves by furious Democrats to forestall consideration and a nearly two-hour interruption over a Capitol Hill security scare.

House Races - Hoyer: Dems Poised For Gains In '04 Election Environment

House Minority Whip Hoyer this afternoon predicted next year's elections would be less dominated by security issues than the 2002 elections, and Democrats could win the House in 2004 if they get the political wind Republicans received in 1994. "We're