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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Hispanic leaders joined Senate Republicans Thursday in calling on Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to schedule a floor vote on an energy package that allows for developing energy resources in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The Hispanic leaders are the latest group to join with the GOP in putting pressure on the Senate leadership to allow an energy bill to come to the floor.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After much talk and argument on the sidelines, the U.S. Senate may take up a national energy package as early as Wednesday night.The major point of contention involves a Republican-backed amendment that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republicans say the area can be tapped in an environmentally sensitive way, producing anywhere from 5.7 to 16 billion barrels of oil for the domestic market.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
1st add includes Sen. Jesse Helms' announcement to retire.(CNSNews.com) - Outspoken conservative Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) announced his plans to retire Wednesday at the age of 79, which would end his career in the U.S. Senate after 30 years."I would be 88 if I ran again in 2002 and was elected and lived to finish a sixth term. And this, my family and I've decided unanimously that I should not do and ladies and gentlemen, I shall not," the senator said.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While siding with Republican lawmakers in their push for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the Teamsters Union is also trying not to alienate Congressional Democrats. That tricky bit of political calculus was on display at a Tuesday press conference, when the Teamsters voiced their support for the Democratic version of the economic stimulus bill.Teamsters' spokesman Rob Black said there is no problem with the union supporting both packages.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Key Senate Republicans said Wednesday they would consider voting for an energy package that does not allow for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), provided the bill includes other provisions that increase domestic production of oil.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A noted economist is debunking claims that President Bush's tax cut is to blame for a lower-than-first-projected budget surplus. Those claims are "nonsense," said Dan Mitchell, a Heritage Foundation economist. He said the budget surpluses of recent years are like "blood in the water with hungry sharks," the hungry sharks being congressional Democrats who have tried to increase government spending.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As threatened, Senate Republicans Wednesday filed the House-passed energy bill as an amendment to the Democratic economic stimulus legislation. The move follows Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's (D-S.D.) refusal to bring theenergy package to the Senate floor for debate. The energy bill includes the controversial provision to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Tuesday began debating whether to hike the fuel efficiency standards for light trucks, including pickups, minivans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The provision pits environmentalists against safety advocates and may be more controversial than the plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to a high-ranking Senate staff member.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Testifying before a House subcommittee Wednesday, Virginia Governor James Gilmore outlined a list of measures to prevent further acts of terrorism in the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The national debate over whether poor children in failing public schools should be given government-funded vouchers to attend private school is headed for the highest court in the land. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in February over the constitutionality of vouchers.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would standardize life sentences for repeat child sex offenders. The Two Strikes, You're Out Child Protection Act, sponsored by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mark Green, passed by a vote of 382 to 34, but there is currently no comparable version of the bill in the Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network and a potential presidential candidate for the 2004 race, warned lawmakers Thursday to avoid racial profiling as they seek ways to prevent future terrorist attacks. "In the midst of the response and reaction and outrage to what occurred at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it's important that we not, in a flawed strategy, turn back the pages of progress to where more innocent people become discomforted and outright violated," Sharpton told reporters in Washington.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Is a month-long holiday from payroll taxes what America needs to stimulate its ailing economy? The Senate Budget Committee's top Republican, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) thinks so, but some policy analysts disagree. Under Domenici's plan, American workers making less than $80,400 and their employers would receive a month-long reprieve from paying their FICA taxes, which are used to fund the Social Security retirement program. The money taken out of the Social Security trust fund would be replaced by general funds.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Having settled one blockbuster item in the energy bill - fuel efficiency standards -- members of the U.S. Senate now turn to the question of whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Thursday the importance of ANWR drilling is not just about reducing American dependence on foreign oil. It is about the safety of Americans, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Wal-Mart again finds itself under assault from a major U.S. labor union, for allegedly breaking U.S. labor laws by not allowing its employees to unionize. However, a company spokeswoman said she's confident that this latest case, slated for trial early next year, will either be dismissed or the United Food and Commercial Workers Union will be forced to drop its complaints.On Sept. 19, employees of a Sam's Club, Wal-Mart's wholesale arm, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for an election on whether to have the UFCW represent them.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The refusal by the U.S. Senate to discuss a ban on the cloning of human embryos is "allowing science to dictate national policy," according to Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, who joined other House members Wednesday in pressuring the Senate to take up the issue.Debate over cloning intensified this week after Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), a scientific research firm in Boston, announced that it had cloned a six cell human embryo.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Barry Goldwater may have suffered a landslide defeat in his 1964 presidential campaign against Lyndon Johnson, but the author of a book on the Arizona Republican's career says the maverick conservative's seemingly 'extremist' ideals have become mainstream."This is a story where history was written by the losers," said Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only moments after President Bush introduced "America's Fund for Afghan Children," Sarah and Stephanie Aiken felt compelled to respond immediately."We were watching the president's speech and at the end he said for every child in America to give a dollar," Sarah Aiken, who is 17 years old, said. "We wanted to be the first to help ... the children of Afghanistan."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Though the Trafficking Victims Protection Act has been law for over a year now, the newly formed State Department office in charge of implementing the act has been nonchalant at best in making progress, say members of the House International Relations Committee."Like all laws, this law is only as good as its implementation ... and frankly, I have been deeply concerned at the slow pace of implementation of the [TVPA]," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the legislation's primary sponsor.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With their tax dollars, U.S. citizens funded a $25 million project for the International Fund for Ireland; a $1.1 million project for MountainMade in Thomas, W.Va. to educate artists and craftists; and a $273,000 project to combat "Goth" culture in Blue Springs, Mo. And those were just a few of the projects mentioned in the 2002 Congressional Pig Book, the annual account of "pork barrel spending" published by the consumer group Citizens Against Government Waste.