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October 6, 2005
Congressional Democrats stepped up attacks on what they called Republicans' "culture of cronyism and corruption" on Thursday, trying to capitalize on a spate of ethics scandals and the Bush administration's heavily criticized response to Hurricane Katrina.
September 30, 2005
With a new fiscal year imminent and most of their spending bills left unfinished, congressional Republicans on September 29 were forced to act on a temporary funding extension while struggling to regain control of their agenda.
September 22, 2005
House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), are calling for tripling the budget for the Pentagon’s Cooperative Threat Reduction program and other nonproliferation initiatives as part of a new national security strategy unveiled Sept 15.
September 22, 2005
Fifteen Democratic members of the House of Representatives have produced a document and a strategy they hope will convince substantial numbers of voters who don’t trust them on national security to begin trusting them again. Led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, “Ensuring America’s Strength and Security: A Democratic National Security Strategy for the 21st Century” is an attempt by at least some Democrats to reclaim this issue from Republicans and return the Democratic Party to majority status.
September 19, 2005
Leading Democrats opposed a recommendation by a private commission to require all Americans to show a photo identification card before being allowed to vote.
September 18, 2005
WASHINGTON Decades ago, Democrats with names like Kennedy and Roosevelt and Truman were known for their tough-minded views on military and foreign policy and their ability to lead the nation in times of conflict.
September 16, 2005
Efforts to stem the spread of nuclear weapons are at the center of a Democratic national security strategy put forward by House leaders last week, with legislators advocating a significant increase in spending on nonproliferation and a dramatic acceleration of cooperative nonproliferation programs with Russia.
September 15, 2005
Enrollees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program will see an estimated 10 percent average increase in premiums for fiscal 2006, the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday.
September 15, 2005
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has assembled a kitchen cabinet of fellow moderate Members to shape the Democratic strategy on national security issues and battle perceptions that the party is weak on defense.
September 15, 2005
House Democrats unveiled a 12-page plan on Thursday that they hope to use to shows they can be as tough on defense as Republicans.
September 6, 2005
Hurricane Katrina Information and Relief Efforts
August 10, 2005
When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law 70 years ago Sunday, he told Americans the system would save them from "a poverty-ridden old age."
August 8, 2005
Key House members have served notice at the Office of Personnel Management that they are concerned about delays in processing and approving full pension payments to federal employees who have filed their retirement papers.
July 27, 2005
Pilots who violate restricted airspace over Washington would be liable for civil fines of up to $100,000 under legislation that is to be introduced today by Republican and Democratic House leaders.
July 27, 2005
Separate White House and congressional events yesterday spotlighted the deep divisions over changing Social Security, laying the battle lines for a fall fight that pits President Bush not only against Democrats but also against some leaders in his own party.
July 18, 2005
House Republicans, usually well-organized and focused, seem befuddled on a Social Security strategy, disagreeing on everything from when to act to what provisions to include in a final bill.
July 13, 2005
Washington's hot and humid weather served as a battle cry for several speakers at a union rally yesterday in a Senate park across Constitution Avenue from the Capitol.
July 13, 2005
The federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year is projected to be $333 billion, down sharply from $427 billion forecast in February, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said Wednesday.
July 8, 2005
Proponents for an overhaul of Social Security are turning pessimistic that legislation will pass, as the Senate Finance Committee remains gnarled over the issue and the full chamber prepares to debate at least one Supreme Court nominee.
July 7, 2005
U.S. Congressional leaders Thursday called the suspected terrorist attacks on London commuters earlier in the day "cowardly" and "barbaric". The U.S. Congress is in a week-long recess, but congressmen and senators were quick to react to the attacks through their press offices.
June 29, 2005
We are writing to request that you submit a FY 2005 supplemental funding request adding at least $1.3 billion to address the shortfall in veterans’ health care funding that your Administration has identified.
June 28, 2005
The idea of securing Social Security’s solvency has been relegated to a sideshow as congressional Republicans focus on a proposal to create individual accounts from the program’s surplus.
June 24, 2005
For six months, Republicans have traveled the country as fiscal Paul Reveres, sounding the alarm about the coming collapse of Social Security.
June 24, 2005
The idea of creating personal accounts for U.S. workers' Social Security taxes won't be axed until President Bush declares it dead, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa said Wednesday.
June 24, 2005
Public broadcasters turned back an effort to slash their federal subsidies by $100 million, but scores of education, labor and health programs still face cuts in the House.