For Senate, It’s Nov. 21 or Bust

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Mark Preston and Erin P. Billings

Roll Call

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

Media don’t cover outrage, Dems claim; joint conferences a source of contention

For Immediate Release:

November 5, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

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

For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2003

Contact:Allison Stevens and Jonathan Allen


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


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

For Immediate Release:

October 31, 2003

Contact:Mark Wegner


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

US Congress Resumes Negotiations On $60 Bln FAA Bill

For Immediate Release:

October 30, 2003

Contact:John Godfrey


WASHINGTON -- U.S. House and Senate negotiators reopened talks Wednesday on the four-year, $60 billion reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Negotiations began following an unanimous vote by the House Tuesday night to send negotiators back to the bargaining table.

Transportation - Privatization Language Likely To Be Stripped From FAA Bill

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2003

Contact:Zach Patton and Mark Wegner


The FAA reauthorization will likely be sent back to a House-Senate conference committee tonight, potentially paving the way for Republicans to strip language from the bill that allows privatization of some air traffic control workers. The House Rules Committee will vote tonight on a motion to recommit the reauthorization, which sources close to the conference said they expect will pass. While in theory both Democratic and Republican conferees want to reopen the legislation to discuss

As Congress Readies To Recess, GOP Agenda's Stuck In Neutral

Democratic filibusters, Republican infighting can cause the gridlock

For Immediate Release:

October 29, 2003


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It's not just Red Sox and Cubs fans who are shouting, "Wait till next year!" So are Republicans in Congress.

With adjournment set for Nov. 7, most of the GOP's legislative agenda is stalled or otherwise in limbo.

The list of unfinished items is long: a prescription drug bill, an energy bill, tort reform and school vouchers, among others. Prospects for passage grow dimmer each day.

Lawmakers are working furiously to beat the clock.

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Locked Out of Conferences, Democrats Start to Retaliate

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October 23, 2003

Contact:Jonathan Allen


Democrats frustrated about being excluded from final negotiations on energy and Medicare legislation are striking back by blocking less prominent bills and accusing the GOP of abusing its majority power.

Several Senate Democrats said Wednesday that their votes to block a GOP bill (S 1751) to overhaul rules for class action lawsuits was, in part, a protest against the way Republican leaders are conducting conference committees on energy and Medicare.